Born in London Douglas Lee started his ballet training at the Arts Educational Schools London and then received a scholarship for the Royal Ballet School where he graduated in 1996, winning the Alicia Markova Award. Lee then joined The Stuttgart Ballet, his promotion to principal dancer followed in 2002. With Aubade and Lachrymal Douglas presented his first works for the Stuttgart Opera House.
His tenth work for the Stuttgart Ballet Miniatures premiered in March 2011. Following his choreographic success in Stuttgart he became a freelance choreographer working internationally. As well as returning to the Stuttgart Ballet to create Aria and Arcadia he created Lifecasting set to the music of Steve Reich for the New York City Ballet which was shortlisted in Time Out NY as one of the outstanding dance works of 2009 and subsequently taken into the Stuttgart Ballet repertoire.
Douglas Lee has also worked with the Norwegian National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Tulsa Ballet, Ballett Augsburg, Ballett Dortmund, Ballett Mainz, Ballet du Rhin and the Greek National Ballet. His 2016 creation Snow Was Falling for Perm Opera Ballet Theatre received the prestigious Golden Mask Award for best choreographer. Lee also created Legion for Netherlands Dance Theatre 2, Playground for Atlanta Ballet as well as three new works for Ballett Zürich. Recent creations include Earthlings for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, new Petrushka with the music of Igor Stravinsky for Ballett Nürnburg and the critically acclaimed Naiad for the Stuttgart Ballet.