Nikolaj H‹bbe Named Artistic Director of Royal Danish Ballet

Classic Arts News   Nikolaj H‹bbe Named Artistic Director of Royal Danish Ballet
Nikolaj H‹bbe, a longtime principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, has been appointed artistic director of the Royal Danish Ballet effective July 1, 2008, reports The New York Times. He succeeds Frank Andersen.

His contract will run through June 30, 2012. Before beginning his tenure, he will serve as the company's principal stage director from August 1 of this year to June 30, 2008, according to the paper.

H‹bbe was born in Copenhagen and began his training in 1978 at the Royal Danish Theater Ballet School. He was appointed a principal dancer at the Royal Danish Ballet in 1988, where he danced roles ranging from romantic leads in Romeo and Juliet and August Bournonville's La Sylphide to works by George Balanchine.

He joined NYCB in 1992 and the School of American Ballet's faculty in September 2005.

The Times quotes Mad Ovlisen, chairman of the board of the Royal Danish Ballet, as saying, "Nikolaj H‹bbe is an obvious choice as artistic director."

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