Frank Andersen

(b. 1953)

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(b Copenhagen, 15 Apr. 1953)

Danish dancer, teacher, and ballet director. From 1960 he studied at the Royal Danish Ballet School, also subsequently in New York and Leningrad, and made his stage debut in 1961 in child roles with the Royal Danish Ballet. In 1971 he graduated into the company, becoming solo (principal) dancer from 1977. He was a demi-caractère dancer of unusual vivacity and charm but also danced in the modern repertoire. In 1976 he co-founded Soloists of the Royal Danish Ballet, a touring group which performed internationally. During this time he was also an international guest artist performing in America, Europe, and Japan. He also taught and directed the Bournonville Summer Academy and from 1985 to 1994 was artistic director of the RDB where he concentrated on preserving the Bournonville inheritance as well as introducing works by Cranko, Balanchine, and Robbins, among others. He was director of the Royal Swedish Ballet (1995–9) and then returned to RDB as director between 2002 and 2008. He continues to work freelance, staging the works of Bournonville for companies around the world.

Subjects: Dance.

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