(b Copenhagen, 29 Jun. 1934; d Copenhagen, 28 May 1995)
Danish dancer, teacher, and artistic director. He studied at Royal Danish Ballet School and graduated into the company in 1952, becoming solo dancer (principal) in 1956. An outstanding romantic dancer with a brilliant technique, he performed many of the great Petipa and Bournonville roles but also created roles in Ashton's Romeo and Juliet (1955), Flindt's The Three Musketeers (1966), and von Rosen's Don Juan (1967) as well as winning acclaim as Balanchine's Apollo and as Iago in Limón's The Moor's Pavane. He guested widely abroad and in 1978 was appointed artistic director of the RDB while continuing to perform character roles. After resigning as director in 1985 he became ballet master with the company until 1993. He was appointed Knight of Dannebrog in 1964.