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Inge Sand

(1928—1974)


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(orig. Inge Sand Sørtensen; b Copenhagen, 6 Jul. 1928; d Copenhagen, 9 Feb. 1974)

Danish dancer, choreographer, and ballet director who helped to bring the Bournonville style to international prominence. She studied at the Royal Danish Ballet School and joined the Royal Danish Ballet in 1947 where she was appointed soloist (i.e. principal) in 1950. She was essentially a soubrette—her finest role was Swanilda—and her dancing was admired for its lightness and wit although she brought a dramatic intensity to works such as Béjart's Sonate à trois (1965). From 1951 to 1952 she was an international guest artist, appearing, for example, with Original Ballet Russe, and during the 1950s and 1960s she directed touring ensembles of RDB dancers which brought the then little-known Bournonville technique and Danish dance to a worldwide audience. In 1965 she directed a season of new choreography at Copenhagen's New Theatre and in 1966 was appointed assistant director (to Flindt) of RDB. From 1971 until her death she was manager of the company's tours.

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