The Ballerina Gallery
Toni Lander
1931 - 1985
Royal Danish Ballet, London Festival Ballet, American Ballet Theatre


Photo: Mydtskov

Photo: Baron

Photo: Baron

Photo: Baron

Photo: Radford Bascombe

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Toni Lander was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1931. Studied at the Royal Danish Ballet School and made her Royal Danish Ballet debut in 1947. Became soloist 1950 and married Harald Lander. She had a powerful technique and long, strong lines, she excelled in Etudes. Guest ballerina with the Original Ballet Russe 1951-52 and with Paris Opéra Ballet 1951-54. Ballerina with the London Festival Ballet 1954-59. Principal with the American Ballet Theatre 1961-71. She returned to the Royal Danish Ballet 1971-76 as a dancer and teacher.