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School Director/Principal Teacher



Lise la Cour


Ms. la Cour, a native of Copenhagen, trained in the Bournonville technique at the Ballet School of the Royal Danish Ballet from the age of nine. Her teachers included Erik Bruhn, Hans Brenaa, Stanley Williams and Vera Volkova.

Joining the Royal Danish Ballet at 18, she performed soloist and principal roles with such noted choreographers as Kenneth MacMillan, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, John Neumeier, Flemming Flindt and Roland Petit.

Ms. la Cour served as Associate Ballet Director of the Royal Danish Ballet from 1988-1995. She has also worked for the Royal Danish Opera and as a freelance choreographer. Ms. la Cour was made a Knight of The Order of Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark in December of 1989.

Her extensive choreographic experience includes 3 ballets for the Royal Danish Ballet and five children’s ballets based on the Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales. Having worked with children since 1988, Ms. la Cour brings a world class background and great excitement to Ballet San Jose School.

In December 2007, Ms. la Cour was awarded the Margot Lander Lifetime Acheivement Award for her contirbutions to the world of Ballet.
Lise la Cour
Photo by John Gerbetz



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