Niels Kehlet

(b. 1938)

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(b Copenhagen, 6 Sept. 1938)

Danish dancer. He studied at the Royal Danish Ballet School and graduated into the company in 1957 where he was promoted to soloist (principal) in 1961. A demi-caractère virtuoso, gifted with a strong classical technique, extrovert stage presence, and dramatic versatility, his wide repertory extended from James in La Sylphide to Mercutio in Neumeier's Romeo and Juliet, Franz in Coppélia, and Colas in Ashton's La Fille mal gardée. He also danced modern works, creating roles in several ballets such as Flindt's The Three Musketeers (1965) and The Miraculous Mandarin (1967) and von Rosen's Don Juan (1967). He frequently guested abroad, with the Fracci-Menegatti-Gai company in Italy, for example, and made many television appearances. In 1991 he directed Stars and Soloists of the Royal Danish Ballet and since retiring from principal roles has worked as teacher and mime artist with the RDB.

Subjects: Dance.

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