David is passionate about developing fresh, inventive approaches to story-telling through movement. Inspired by creative teamwork, he strives to produce work that is inventive and soulful.
Since 2016 David has been assisting Warren Carlyle on various new productions and workshops. Currently David is setting Warren's two new productions ¡Havana! and Palace Of Lights for Norwegian Cruise Lines. From 2014 -2107 he was the Associate Choreographer for the US tour of Dirty Dancing. Between 2010 and 2007, David was the Associate Choreographer/Additional Choreographer of Dirty Dancing worldwide, of which he put together and choreographed for 7 productions worldwide (including London’s West End, 1st US Tour, Berlin, and Toronto). In 2012, he choreographed a newly designed production of Dirty Dancing that premiered in Stockholm, Sweden. David is on the guest faculty of BDC and Steps On Broadway. He is also a member of SDC.
As a performer David has worked with many of Australia’s top choreographers, musical theater and film directors as well as performers. Career highlights include: Dirty Dancing (Dance Captain Australia); Kylie Minogue’s Intimate and Live Concert Tour (featured dancer, Australia/London tour); Singin’ in the Rain; Fame; Sisterella; Sweet Charity; Me and My Girl; Pirates of Penzance; and Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge.
"I have worked with David Scotchford on a number of shows in which he was associate choreographer until, the latest, our Stockholm production where he was the choreographer. He is a vibrant and inventive choreographer; as a colleague I find him endlessly innovative, responsible, flexible, indefatigable. He has a natural rapport with the dancers that makes them love and respect him. In short -- I would work with him again in a flash, intend to do so -- and consider myself lucky to have the chance."
-- Eleanor Bergstein, Writer/Creator of Dirty Dancing (Film and Stage Production)
"I have had the privilege of watching David grow from a very talented local dancer into an international creative force. Apart from great artistry, his personal gift is his ability to engage and inspire his dancers while integrating seamlessly with the rest of the creative team. On my next production, I want David on the team."
-- Conrad Helfrich, International Musical Supervisor, Dirty Dancing (Stage Production)
Oklahoma University’s Weitzenhoffer School Of Musical Theatre recommends David:
It is our pleasure to recommend choreographer/teacher David Scotchford to you. He brings a positive atmosphere and dynamic energy to his teaching that nurtures and motivates. He delivers a high energy class with a sharp approach to teaching style and footwork. He is highly specific in his teaching yet doesn’t allow the student to become overwhelmed with detail. The learning process is balanced. Students remark that his explanations are so good that intellectually they understand what they are about to attempt kinetically before they take their first step. He is a strong choreographer who can work fast in the moment.
This is the first time we have ever written a joint recommendation for someone. David Scotchford is an exceptional teacher.
-- Paul Christman, Program Director & Professor
-- Lyn Cramer, Dance Professor