Since joining American Repertory Ballet just this fall, David Greenberg has already gained a great deal of experience with the company, including performing the lead role of Puck in Douglas Martin’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His passion for dance is evident on stage and in the studio. He found this passion at a young age of three and has been devoted to furthering his dance career ever since. Born and raised in Savannah, G.A., David began his dance journey at Kelly & Co. Studios where he studied ballet under owner and director Shannon Kelly.
After graduating from high school, David joined the Columbia Classical Ballet (CCB) in Columbia, South Carolina under Artistic Director Radenko Pavlovich and danced there for three seasons. Concurrently, he made strides in his academic career, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with degrees in Marketing and Management as well as a minor in French.
After moving to New York City in 2015 to continue his dance career, David made the last-minute decision to audition for American Repertory Ballet. He was drawn to the company after hearing great things about it from fellow dancers in the area. David was thrilled to receive a call from Artistic Director Douglas Martin over the summer offering him a position at ARB, and he’s been having a great experience ever since!
“My favorite part has to be taking company class and rehearsal with the other dancers,” David says.
“I have really missed being in this environment. I love feeding off of ‘dancer energy’ in class…trying new things with them, partnering, and always striving to improve.”
The performing company holds value in ensuring that its dancers are receiving individual attention, and creating an environment where dancers can truly develop is of the upmost importance. ARB provides dancers with an opportunity to work closely with Resident Choreographer Mary Barton and Company Teacher Kathleen Moore, as well as Artistic Director Douglas Martin. Martin is excited to see David shine in the company, stating that “[he] is a mercurial dancer with bounding leaps and fantastic turning ability. He is a natural for the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I was delighted to see him dazzle in this role. Now, we are looking forward to Nutcracker!”
American Repertory Ballet is dedicated to presenting new and existing works by choreographers from today as well as ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries. David’s ballet repertoire reflects these values, as he has performed leading and corps roles in Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Edmeralda, Giselle, La Bayadère, and Le Corsaire throughout his career.
David’s hard work and dedication to his growth as a dancer is boundless. Any professional ballet dancer would agree that the pressure to strive for perfection can sometimes cause one to be extremely hard on themselves. David always tries to remind himself to just “let go” and remember why his life has revolved around this incredible art form.
“I like to think that every day spent in the studio ends with me having learned something.”
Photo: David Greenberg jumping in center as Puck in Douglas Martin’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Credit: Leighton Chen
This dancer story was written by Fall 2016 ARB intern Shannon Kennedy.