Nikolaj Hübbe

(b. 1967)

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(b Copenhagen, 30 Oct. 1967)

Danish dancer. He studied at the Royal Danish School and later in Paris and the US joining the Royal Danish Ballet in 1986 where he was promoted soloist (principal) in 1988. A powerful dancer whose height did not compromise his swiftness, he not only excelled in the Bournonville repertory but also in neo-classical ballets and in dramatic roles like Onegin, in which he was a memorably complex, compelling figure. In 1992 he moved to New York City Ballet where he made his debut in Martins's Zakoussi (a duet made specially for him). At his peak, the completeness of his range was compared by some critics to the young Baryshnikov's. He retired from the stage in 2008 to become director of the Royal Danish Ballet, staging a controversial new, updated version of Napoli for the company in 2009.

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