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David Odenwelder, originally from Haverhill, Massachusetts, began studying ballet, tap, and jazz at The Dance Works and New England Civic Ballet. Furthering his education he attended the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A in Ballet Performance in June of 2011. Prior to joining Alabama Ballet, David performed and toured throughout the United States with Cincinnati Ballet and Neos Dance Theatre.
During his time with the Alabama Ballet, his performances have included the Roper in Agnes De Mille’s Rodeo, Hilarion in Giselle, Gurn in La Sylphide: A Witch’s Revenge, Von Rothbart in Swan Lake, and the Soldier Doll in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. He has also been seen in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Jiří Kylián’s Sechs Tänze, Sir Fredrick Ashton’s Les Patineurs, Anthony Tudor’s Lilac Garden, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Michael Fothergill’s Chiaroscuro and Roger Van Fleteren’s Shoo Pah! Other repertoire David has performed include the Principal Male in George Balanchine’s Pas de Dix set by Fredrick Franklin, Heinz Poll’s Schubert Waltzes, Bonobo by Penny Saunders, and Lickety-Split by Alejandra Cerrudo.
This is David’s ninth season with Alabama Ballet and is currently on faculty at the Alabama Ballet School and the Alabama Ballet Tappers.