Sadler’s Wells

He was there for a good time, not for a long time

David: “Ballet classes began at the Sadler’s Wells Ballet school with George Gontcharov, De Valois with the senior company at Covent Garden, Peggy Van Praag at the junior company at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre but opened up with some of the teachers that were available in post-was London.

“George Gontcharov taught me an important piece of stage craft. You finish your solo–you do not move-you stay- you look at the audience, you stay, you do not move-then, your smile gets bigger, and finally you get up and take a bow.

“I never forgot his instructions in that area, I used them throughout my long career, and it worked every time, no matter where I was dancing.”