Rose Gad

(b. 1968)

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(b Copenhagen, 20 Sept. 1968)

Danish dancer. She studied at the Royal Danish Ballet School from 1978 and after joining the company as an apprentice in 1985 was promoted to principal in 1991. She danced her first major role aged just 15, Cupid in Grigorovich's production of Don Quixote. A delicately formed, elegant dancer, she was ideally suited to the Bournonville repertoire but also danced much of the 20th-century repertory including Robbins's Afternoon of a Faun and The Concert, Balanchine's Theme and Variations, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, Apollo, and Serenade, and MacMillan's Manon, the latter showcasing her powerful dramatic presence. She also danced the leading ballerina roles in Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. In 1991 she created the title role in Flindt's full-length Caroline Mathilde. In 1997 she was appointed principal dancer at the Hamburg Ballet but returned to the Royal Danish Ballet in 1999. She was the first recipient of the Erik Bruhn Prize (1988). She retired in 2010.

Subjects: Dance.

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