Ib Andersen

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Ib Andersen (born 1954) is a Danish dancer and choreographer. He is currently the artistic director of Ballet Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona.

Internationally admired as both a dancer and choreographer, Andersen’s contribution to the world of dance is the product of a journey through multiple influences. A journey which began with his formal European training at one of the World’s most prestigious ballet schools and continued to his maturation at the hands of George Balanchine. The end result is a world renowned artist who is comfortable flirting with both the Classical and Contemporary aesthetic of modern day ballet.

Born in 1954 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Andersen's first exposure to dance was through ballroom dancing. At age seven, he was accepted into the School of Royal Danish Ballet. His ascendancy was quick - at 16 he was asked to join the Royal Danish Ballet and became a principal dancer for this world-class company at age 20 (in 1972), participating in some of the most important ballet repertoire. Andersen’s career flourished in Denmark and throughout Europe.

In 1980, Andersen joined the New York City Ballet on George Balanchine’s invitation, and was on his way to learning 35 ballets within the first three months of his tenure there. So successful at adapting himself to the Balanchine style, the great choreographer...
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