Kirsten Simone

(b. 1934)

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(b Copenhagen, 1 Jul. 1934)

Danish dancer and teacher. She studied at Royal Danish Ballet School with Volkova and joined the Royal Danish Ballet in 1952. She was promoted to soloist (principal) in 1956 and 1st soloist in 1966. A dancer with an unusually clean and powerful classical technique, she was initially considered somewhat cool in performance, but subsequently developed into a fine mime and character dancer. She danced all the standard ballerina roles (Petipa and Bournonville) as well as the 20th-century repertory (Ashton, Balanchine, MacMillan, Petit, etc.), and created roles in Flindt's The Three Musketeers (1966), von Rosen's Don Juan (1967), and H. Lander's Fête polonaise (1970 version). She guested with several companies, including American Ballet Theatre and London Festival Ballet. After retiring from ballerina roles she continued to perform with RDB as a character artist and to teach at the school.

Subjects: Dance.

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