Donald started his career in Performing Arts with Sadlers Wells Opera Ballet, based at the globally renowned Sadler’s Wells.
This followed with a spell in the West End, including a run at the London Palladium with the legend that was Ginger Rogers in ‘Mame’. He didn’t let the grass grow under his feet, performing in the film of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ with Topol and Ken Russel’s Masterpiece ‘The Devils’ with Glenda Jackson and the late, great Oliver Reed.
He then moved to Paris for 4 years, working with the iconic cabaret company La Grande Eugène before joining husband and wife-team Roland Petit and Zizi Jeanmaire’s Ballet Company, gaining a great deal of experience on stage and soaking up ‘la vie Parisienne’. During his time in this most romantic of cities, he became part of the Inner Circle of the world-renowned artist, Salvador Dali.
On returning to London, Donald spent 7 years working at the Royal Opera House in Covent garden where he could enjoy his original passion, Ballet. In addition, he studied at the Royal Ballet to become a qualified teacher on the TTC diploma course run by Valerie Adams.
During this time, he appeared on numerous shows on the BBC, including Cilla Black for several years
Ikky was born in the Netherlands and from the age of 15 knew all he wanted to do, was to dance.
He attended the conservatoire in Tilburg and was fortunate to have as his ballet teachers Simon Andre, a former principal dancer with The Dutch National Ballet and Natalya Orlovskaya, a former principal from the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.
After qualifying, Ikky started his performing career in Ulm, Germany, which has a very strong tradition of the Performing Arts, after which he became a dancer with Finnish National Ballet, before then successfully applying for and joining Rambert Dance Company in London. During his time as Principal with Rambert, he worked with many major choreographers, as well as being a founding cast member in the World Premiere of Christopher Bruce’s seminal work, ‘Ghost Dances’ in 1982; a piece that is still in Rambert’s repertoire, having had its most recent revival in 2018.
After retiring from Rambert, Ikky gained a Post Grad. Dip. in Arts Administration from City University and is also fully qualified as a teacher.
Both remaining Founders still teach regularly at MILLENNIUM as this adds to their enjoyment at the College and allows close interconnectivity with the students.
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