David Poole

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David Poole (1925-1991) [1]. Dancer and choreographer.


Born in Cape Town 17 September 1925, he trained at the University of Cape Town with Dulcie Howes and since 1947 at Sadlers Wells Theatre Ballet School in London, before went on to fame as a dancer with Covent Garden Ballet Company in England. He returned to South Africa in 1959 to join the staff of the University of Cape Town Ballet School and in 1963 he became the first ballet master of CAPAB Ballet, taking over as artistic director in 1969 and three years later combining this post with the directorship of UCT Ballet. He retired in 1990 and died on 27 August 1991.

He was choreographer on a number of major CAPAB productions.


Tribute by Hans-Peter Bakker, The Star, 29 August 1991.

Formore information

Transcript of interview with David Poole held by NELM: Audio visual collection in part [Collection: HERBER, Avril]: 1997. 35. 19.

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