David Barbour has been an avid mover since birth and started exploring classical dance at the age of six. His early instruction began in Colorado at the local parks and recreation program Aurora Dance Arts. As his interest grew, David became enamored with modern styles at Denver Contemporary Dance. At the age of fifteen he was accepted to the prestigious fine arts high school Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. After two years of intense study Mr. Barbour graduated with a Fine Arts Award from the director of the dance program. He then went on to train at the Joffrey /New School BFA program under the tutelage of master teachers Rebecca Wright, Trinette Singleton, Eleanor D’Antuono, and David Howard.
David has danced professionally with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado (now Wonderbound), and Onium Ballet Project. With Aspen, he had the pleasure of originating roles in ballets by such luminary choreographers as Nicolo Fonte, David Parsons, Moses Pendleton, and Jacapo Godani. David also danced in works by Septime Weber, Dominique Dumais, Trey McIntyre, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp. During Mr. Barbour’s tenure with Ballet Nouveau Colorado, he danced in creations by Garret Ammon, Mark Godden, Ma Cong, and Alex Ketley. Additionally, David was part of the ensemble that helped Ballet Nouveau Colorado earn Dance Magazine’s esteemed “25 to Watch”. He also had the honor of playing the Preacher in Minou Lallemand’s Appalachian Spring for Onium Ballet Project.
Mr. Barbour has taught and choreographed throughout the US, and his choreography on various schools and companies has been joyously received nationwide. David is currently proud to be teaching at Colorado Conservatory of Dance and remotely with Queen Emma Ballet in Hawaii. Prior to his return to Colorado he was also teaching at Honolulu Classical Ballet and Punahou School. Before moving to Hawaii he was the Associate Artistic Director of Colorado Conservatory of Dance. David has found great joy in teaching dancers how to express themselves through movement, and learning how to be better dancers and people.