Margrethe Schanne

(b. 1921)

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(b Copenhagen, 21 Nov. 1921)

Danish dancer who became the foremost interpreter of the Romantic repertoire of her time. She studied at the Royal Danish Ballet School with H. Lander and later in London and Paris with Kniaseff and Egorova. She danced with RDB from 1940 to 1966, becoming soloist (principal) in 1943 and was much admired for the evanescent quality she brought to La Sylphide (a ballet she danced over 100 times) and for her poetic interpretation of Giselle. She guested with Petit's Ballets des Champs-Elysées in 1947 and Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas in 1956, and during the 1950s and 1960s she toured extensively in the US, S. Africa, and Europe. In 1966 she left the stage to become a teacher of dance and physical education until she retired in 1986. She was made a Knight of Dannebrog in 1953 and in 1957 became the first Danish dancer to appear on a postage stamp.

Subjects: Dance.

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