Margot Lander


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(née M. Florentz-Gerhardt; b Copenhagen, 2 Aug. 1910; d Copenhagen, 19 Jul. 1961)

The most important Danish ballerina of the first half of the 20th century. She studied at the Royal Danish Ballet School from 1917 and joined the company in 1928, becoming solo dancer (principal) in 1933 and first solo dancer (prima ballerina) in 1942 (the first to be given the title in Denmark). Although not an outstanding technician she had exceptional personality and grace, and created roles in many of Lander's ballets (she was married to Lander from 1932 to 1950), as well as dancing works from the Bournonville repertory. She was also much admired in Coppélia and Swan Lake. She retired in 1950.

Subjects: Dance.

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