David Wilcox has spent his entire life in theater. His mother was a pianist with a civic light opera troupe when he was three and he spent his first formative years backstage. At age eleven he began classical ballet training. He received the Best Actor Award in his senior year at high school and was the Los Angeles area’s most prominent male ballet dancer after graduation. At the age of 20 he was drawn to Europe after seeing a performance of the Stuttgart Ballet in Long Beach. His first engagement as a professional dancer was a two year contract with the Heidelberg Ballet where he enjoyed performing in all theatrical formats, including ballets, operas, musicals, operettas and plays. His second engagement was with the Nuremberg Ballet, again for two years, and then three years with the Berlin Ballet (Deutsche Oper). Since returning to the U.S. in 1978 he has built the Long Beach Ballet into one of the country’s most successful classical ballet schools. His main strength as a choreographer is full length, story ballets and he is the only American choreographer to have staged three full-length ballets in China. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and two youngest daughters.