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Aage Thordal-Christensen

(b. 1965)

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(b Frederiksberg, 30 Oct. 1965)

Danish dancer, choreographer, and ballet director. He trained at the Ballet School of the Royal Theatre, Copenhagen (1972–82); later studied at the School of American Ballet in New York and at the National Ballet School in Toronto. He joined the Royal Danish Ballet in 1984 but left for America the following year. He was a dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet for six years (1986–92), becoming a principal in 1989. In 1992 he returned to the Royal Danish Ballet as a soloist, where he danced a wide range of roles in both the traditional and modern repertoire. He made his debut as a choreographer in Copenhagen in 1994 with Behind the Curtain (mus. Kim Helweg) and followed that with Room 7 (mus. Luigi Ceccarelli, 1994), Something Like That (mus. Helweg, 1995), and Shaken (mus. Ben Horn, 2002). Between 1999 and 2002, he was artistic director of the Royal Danish Ballet, the youngest in the company's history, and during that time commissioned several new works by Martins, Ratmansky, Lila York, and others, as well as overseeing the company's restructuring. In 2006 he became founding artistic director of Los Angeles Ballet, with his wife Colleen Neary, and has created several works for the company including a new version of Nutcracker (2007).

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