Donald cut his teeth in Performing Arts 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.
He returned to London to continue his career and met his wife, married and raised a family. During an action-packed period of his career in London, he worked for the BBC, as well as on the West End stage, the highlight of which was appearing at the London Palladium in ‘Mame’ with Hollywood legend, Ginger Rogers.
He then turned to his original passion, Ballet and studied at the Royal Ballet to become a qualified teacher on the TTC diploma course run by Valerie Adams
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 teacher, 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 Directors still teach regularly at Millennium as this adds to their enjoyment at the College and allows close interconnectivity with the students.