David  Odenwelder
Lecturer, Dance
School of the Arts
Department of Theatre and Dance
403 Seibert Hall
dodenwel@samford.edu
205-726-2051

David Odenwelder, a native of Haverhill, Massachusetts, is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer.  He began studying ballet, tap, and jazz at The Dance Works and New England Civic Ballet at the age of three. For his undergraduate education he attended the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A in Ballet Performance in June of 2011.  

David has danced professionally with Cincinnati Ballet and Neos Dance Theatre and is currently a member of the Alabama Ballet.

Since joining the Alabama Ballet, David’s featured roles have included the Roper in Agnes De Mille’s Rodeo, the Cavalier in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Gurn in La Sylphide: A Witch’s Revenge, Hilarian in Giselle,  the Widow in La Fille mal Gardée, Blue Bird in the Sleeping Beauty and Bossa Nova in Blue Suede Shoes.  He has also performed in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Jiří Kylián’s Sechs Tänze, Sir Fredrick Ashton’s Les Patineurs, Anthony Tudor’s Lilac Garden, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Michael Fothergill’s Chiaroscuro and Roger Van Fleteren’s Shostakovich.

In 2019 David Odenwelder joined Samford University as an adjunct faculty member teaching tap dance. He is also an instructor at the Alabama Ballet School and is the artistic director of the Alabama Ballet Tappers. David has recently been a guest teacher at Ballet Arkansas, Bruno Montessori School, and The Dance Centre in Tuscaloosa.