Ask la Cour – Director

Ask la Cour
Principal dancer, New York City Ballet
Artistic director, NYDT Ohman School of Ballet

Ask la Cour was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and began his dance training at the age of eight at the Royal Danish Ballet School. He became an apprentice in 1998 & joined the Royal Danish Ballet 2 years later as a member of the corps de ballet. Mr. la Cour later joined New York City Ballet in 2002, was promoted to the rank of soloist in 2005 and became a principal in 2013 where he continues to perform featured roles.

While at Royal Danish Ballet Mr. la Cour performed featured roles in several of August Bournonville’s ballets, Napoli (Pas de six) A Folk Tale (Pas de sept), John Cranko’s Onegin (Lensky), Peter Martins’ Hallelujah Junction (Lead), John Neumeier’s The Odyssey (Telemachus) and Alexei Ratmansky’s Turandot’s Dream.

Other Performances

He performs and teaches throughout most of Europe, Asia & the United States. Is currently on the guest teacher faculty of Manhattan Youth Ballet and continues to give Bournoville seminars at New York University.

Co produced – Career Transition For Dancers 2014


Britten Re:imagined, Into Silence, Change of Heart (pas de deux), Forever and Purple Battalion for Manhattan Youth Ballet plus restaging his mom’s children’s ballet, The Ugly Duckling.


Royal Danish Theatre Award 1998, Edith Allers Memorial Award 2001, Birger Bartholin’s Memorial Award 2001, John Roager’s Memorial Award 2001 and a grant from Vibeke Roervig Foundation in 2013.


View Mr. Ask la Cour’s complete biography here.

Teresa Reichlen and Ask La Cour in Balanchine’s “Movements for Piano and Orchestra”
on Tuesday, the opening night of New York City Ballet’s winter season.
© Andrea Mohin/The New York Times