(orig. Ellen Wittrup Hansen; b Denmark, c.1911; d London, 22 Feb. 1962)
Danish dancer, teacher, choreographer, and director. She studied with Staats at Paris Opera and danced with Le Ballet Franco Russe and Rubinstein's company before becoming a founding member of de Basil's Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo in 1932, where she was leading dancer until 1937. In 1940 she opened a dance school in Sydney and in 1941 a company which became known as the Kirsova Ballet and was Australia's first professional ballet company. She staged several classics as well as choreographing her own works, including Faust (mus. H. Krips, 1941, based on Heine's libretto). The company disbanded in 1944 and she retired from teaching in 1947. She wrote Ballet in Moscow Today (London, 1956).