Originally from Richmond, Virginia, David Claypoole started dancing at the age of 9 in jazz, tap, and ballet. Throughout high school he trained at The School of Richmond Ballet attending summer programs with Joffrey Ballet New York, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, and Richmond Ballet. David then 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 and the lead male roles in Pas de Deesses, Light Rain 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 fourth season with Fort Wayne Ballet.