David Bintley trained at the Royal Ballet School before joining Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet. He was noted for the title role in Petrushka, and Alain and Widow Simone in La Fille mal gardée. The Company’s Director, Peter Wright, encouraged his desire to choreograph and his first piece, The Outsider, was created in 1978.
From 1986 to 1993 he moved from resident choreographer for Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet to the same post at Covent Garden before, from 1993, working freelance.
He was Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet from 1995 to 2019. From 2010 to 2014 he took on the additional role of Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Japan, creating Aladdin and Prince of the Pagodas for the Company.
His works range from one-act pieces such as Flowers of the Forest (1985), Tombeaux (1993), ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café (1988), varied jazz-based pieces including The Shakespeare Suite and The Orpheus Suite, and contemporary pieces including E=mc2 (2009). His full-length works include Hobson’s Choice (1989), Edward II (1995), Cyrano (2007), Beauty and the Beast (2003), Cinderella (2010) and The Tempest (2016).
He was appointed a CBE in 2001 and awarded a Knighthood in Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's Honours List, 2019, for Services to Dance.