In addition to teaching, David Gallagher has served as Artistic Director /Resident Choreographer of BalletNJ since 1987.
A native of California, Mr. Gallagher had his initial training with Valerie Huston and Tamara Usher.
He first came to the East Coast in 1976 to study with the Pennsylvania Ballet and teachers Lupe Serrano, Benjamin Harkarvey, Robert Rodham, and Barbara Weisberger. His dance training was further augmented by studies with David Howard, Stanley Holden and Finis Jhung in New York.
After a professional dance career performing with the Santa Barbara Ballet, with Valerie Huston Dance Theatre and the San Diego Ballet, Mr. Gallagher served as Ballet Master for the Santa Barbara Ballet. Moving back to the East Coast in 1982, he joined the teaching staff of the New Jersey Ballet In 1984 he accepted a full-time faculty position at the school of the Pennsylvania Ballet, serving through August 1990. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Gallagher served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Ballet.
In January, 1991, he became director of the Academy of Ballet.