About the Author

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.

2 Responses to About the Author

  1. Beautiful site! I really like your choice for header and white background. I look forward to knowing all there is to know of your journey to China this year. Cheers! J

  2. Sabrina Fest says:

    Dear Mr. David:

    My name is Sabrina Fest, I am fifteen years old, and I live in Tucson, Arizona. I got to know your special program to China by my dear ballerina friend, Alissa, who has been with your programs for several years. Today I was so exciting by reading all your blog about the tour in China and immediately make me want to write this letter to you (please excuse me don’t know which email address I should use, so I just use this feedback message to write down what I feel) to tell you how excellent of a program it is and how much it attracted me. I am very interested in this program and like to use this opportunity to introduce myself to you.
    I started to learn ballet since I was five at Tucson Academy Ballet School, as well as taking tap and jazz. Now I am with Tucson Regional Ballet Company. During all those year, I enjoyed very much dancing and participating in many of the school’s annual Recitals and holiday performances such as the “Southwest Nutcracker” with so many different roles: Party girl, Soldiers, Road Runner, child under the gingerbread skirt, Flower, Snow, Arabian, and Chinese.
    Beside dancing, I also have played piano for ten years and I love to sing also. Recently I participated in Desert Christian High School’s Musical: “Scarlet Pimpernel”, of cause I was a principal dancer there, acted, and sang a duet with my “daughter”.
    The program attracted me also because it is going to China. Since I was six years old, I started to learn Chinese in Tucson Chinese School (once a week) and I have been awarded the first place for seven years on Chinese Speech Competition. And also I learned Chinese dance in Chinese dancing class and actually I will perform Chinese dance soon on Chinese New Year Concert on Jan 23rd of 2012 in Tucson.
    I think it is amazing that you would give the opportunity to young dancers to travel across the globe, especially China, to experience something new and exciting. I am looking forward to an opportunity to join in your program. I would appreciate it very much if you could send me some further information to guide me how I will meet your requirements to join in your program!

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina Fest

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