Lise la Cour


Portrait by Paul Tumason (c) 2010

Portrait by Paul Tumason (c) 2010

Ms. la Cour returns as choreographer for OSJ’s 2013-14 production of Don Giovanni. Ms. la Cour has served as choreographer for many OSJ productions, including the West Coast premiere of Anna Karenina, Manon, La Cenerentola, The Marriage of Figaro, La rondine, Eugene Onegin, Carmen, and Lucia di Lammermoor.
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Ms. la Cour began training at the age of 8 in the Bournonville technique at the Royal Danish Ballet School. At the age of 18, she joined the Royal Danish Ballet where she performed soloist and principal roles. Ms. la Cour was made a Knight of the Order of Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and also awarded the Margot Lander Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the world of ballet.

Her teachers included Hans Brenaa, Erik Bruhn, Vera Volkova and Stanley Williams. While performing with the Royal Danish Ballet, Ms. la Cour had the honor of working with George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Kenneth MacMillan, Flemming Flindt, Roland Petit, and John Neumeier.

From 1988-1995, Ms. la Cour served as the Associate Ballet Director for the Royal Danish Ballet, and also served as a freelance choreographer for the Royal Danish Opera. Her choreography ranges from full length children’s fairy tale ballets to choreography that has won first place at the Grand Prix Italia.

From 2002-2012, Ms. la Cour was the School Director for Ballet San Jose School. While Director, she created five fairy tale ballets: Silly Simon, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, and The Tinderbox based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale stories, and Snow White based on the Brother’s Grimm’s fairy tale. In February 2012, Cour formed Lise la Cour’s LaCademy of Ballet for elite classes.