Børge Ralov

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Børge Leo Sylvester Ralov (born July 26, 1908 in Copenhagen , † December 17, 1981 there ) was a Danish ballet dancer and choreographer.

Ralov attended the ballet school of the Royal Theater in Copenhagen and was a member of the Royal Ballet from 1927 to 1957, from 1933 as a soloist and from 1942 as the principal soloist. From 1934 he also taught at the ballet school.

In the early 1930s he was used by Balanchine in several ballets, which Balanchine staged at the Royal Theater, where he distinguished himself in particular as Müller in Der Dreispitz . He had his breakthrough in Michel Fokine 's legend of Joseph and received the title of solo dancer of the Royal Ballet in the following series.

He made his debut as a choreographer in 1934 with the first modern Danish ballet Enken i Spejlet (music by Bernhard Christensen ). Works like the symphonic ballet De fire Temperamenter (1939) and Tolv med Posten (1942) based on Hans Christian Andersen followed . His successful collaboration with the dancer Margot Lander earned both of them the title of Principal Soloist in 1942.

In 1950 Ralov choreographed the first Danish television ballet video . After separating from the Royal Theater in 1957, he worked for several years as a choreographer and producer for Danish radio. He also worked as a ballet instructor in several operettas and musicals such as The Fiddler on the Roof at Det Ny Scala . Ralov's first marriage was to Grete Lis Paaske , the daughter of actor Kai Paaske , and his second marriage (1944–51) to the dancer Kirsten Laura Gnatt .