After training at the Royal Ballet School he made his name as a character dancer
but also turned his talents towards choreography and spent a number of years with the Royal Ballet before returning to his roots in Birmingham.
A born character dancer
, he also mastered a varied repertoire that included princely and abstract roles and created parts for choreographers from Kylian to Ratmansky.
The 51-year-old creator of such diverse works as Hobson's Choice, The Snow Queen and The Nutcracker Sweeties, has always been a fan of the traditionally British storytelling style of ballet, from his early days as a character dancer
, through his choreography and directorship.
Last week they saw John's character Dancer
get his comeuppance from 'the Mammy' after he fell out of favour with the crime boss.
David joined Saddler's Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet) in 1976 and quickly proved himself as an outstanding character dancer
Only a few awkward closeups mar the exceptional performances of Giselle (coltish Nadia Nerina), Albrecht (Nikolai Fadeyechev, on loan from the Bolshoi), and the Hilarion of the great Danish character dancer
Niels Bjorn Larsen.
Mr Bintley joined Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet) in 1976 as a character dancer
and has jetted up the ranks to become resident choreographer in 1982 before being appointed artistic director in 1995.
Grant, who remained with The Royal Ballet for 30 years, is often hailed as the greatest character dancer
of his era, an accomplished classical dancer whose accompanying dramatic gifts made him a natural for character roles--and what roles
Mr Morse is an excellent character dancer
matched here by Alain Dubreuil as Lord Capulet.
Caniparoli, who remains on the roster as principal character dancer
, arrived at the SFB School in 1972 and a year later was yanked out of it by Christensen and moved into the company.
He stayed for 20 years, emerging as a gifted character dancer
Her brother, Flemming Ryberg, after a distinguished dancing career starting in 1956, has been kept wonderfully employed as a character dancer
with the company since 1989.