MEET OUR DIRECTOR
Founding Artistic Director
David Anthony Choate Jr., born in Charlotte, North Carolina, spent most of his life here in Cincinnati where he attended the School of Creative and Performing Arts. During his time at SCPA he majored not only in Dance but Stage Management as well as Lighting Design & Technology. Upon his graduation from the school, all of those skills would be put to work throughout various parts of his career.
Post SCPA dance training includes time at the Cincinnati Ballet Academy, DeLa Arts Center and Planet Dance. After a strong recommendation from his long time Modern Dance Instructor, Cynthia Riesterer, Mr. choate became a member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2, and later, a touring artist with Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance Theatre. During this time he also pursued a degree in Business Administration from Union Institute and University.
It didn't take long into his career to notice the huge absence of black and brown people in the space of professional dance, particularly ballet. Driven by a passion to change the climate of dance, Mr. Choate decided his talents were best suited not solely as a performer but as the Founding Artistic Director of Revolution Dance Theatre, a non profit organization dedicated to building cultural diversity in dance and leveling the playing field for minority dance students.
Today Mr. Choate's work have become a staple at Cincinnati's Aronoff Center for the Arts, taped for Nationally syndicated show "Iyanla Fix My Life", repeatedly featured for America's Fastest Growing Church- Crossroads, has graced venues such as Cincinnati's Music Hall and the Duke Energy Convention Center as well as travel to other cities including Chicago and New York. He remains the resident Lighting Designer for Crossroads Uptown and is an active member of the International Association of Theatrical Stagehands for which he has been on local crew for such entertainers as the Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Michael Buble and Cirque de Soleil to name a few. He has been invited to become a member of Cincinnati Ballet's Young Professionals Program and Advisor to the School of Creative & Performing Arts Alumni Panel.
He hopes that for all of his knowledge, connections, abilities and skill he can be a catalyst for change and purveyor of opportunity for other young black and brown artists who want their shot in the arts.