Originally from Richmond, Virginia, David Claypoole started dancing at the age of 9, training at The School of Richmond Ballet and attending summer programs with Joffrey Ballet New York, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, and Richmond Ballet. David earned his college degree in Dance and Performance through Virginia Commonwealth University dual program with The Richmond Ballet Trainee program. He spent two years performing in Richmond Ballet’s second company dancing in ballets such as Malcom Burn’s Romeo and Juliet and Swipe by Val Canaperoli. David has danced numerous roles with Fort Wayne Ballet including Sugar Plum Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and leading roles in Pas de Deesses, Light Rain, Edward Stierle’s Empyrean Dances and Cinderella. He has worked with guest choreographers including Cameron Basden, Jeremy Blanton, Kim Sagami, and Adam Sklute. David is excited to be performing in his fifth season.