Toni Lander (published 1982)

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Toni Lander (published 1982)


Lander discusses her time at the Royal Danish Ballet with Harald Lander. She also discusses working with David Blair and Anthony Tudor. She focuses primarily on the dual role as Odette-Odile in Swan Lake.

Biographical note:

Born in Copenhagen in 1931, Toni Lander trained at the Royal Danish Ballet and was promoted to soloist in 1950. She was principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre and London Festival Ballet. She danced major roles in Swan Lake, Themes and Variations, among others. Before she died in 1985, she was principal teacher at Ballet West in Salt Lake City, which she founded with Bruce Marks.


Pratt SILS LIS-665, Barbara Newman

Date Created

June 28, 1979



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Is Part Of

Newman, B. (1982). Striking a balance: Dancers talk about dancing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Newman, B. (1992). Striking a balance: Dancers talk about dancing. New York: Limelight Editions.




Interviews recorded on cassette by Barbara Newman

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Barbara Newman, Estate of Toni Lander

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Audio Cassette Tape

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128 kbps/44.1 kHz


Barbara Newman


Toni Lander, 1931-1985

Additional content

"For years you couldn't see a complete Swan Lake in New York unless the Royal Ballet came to town. Then American Ballet Theatre mounted the first ever staged by an American company, a four-act production by David Blair which opened in New York on May 9, 1967, with Toni Lander in the dual role of Odette-Odile. At the time, the possible incongruity of a Danish ballerina's leading a troupe of Americans in an Englishman's version of a Russian classic didn't strike me at all. What struck me was Toni Lander's giving a peformance of the role which decisively wrested it from its familiar, almost predictable, Anglo-Russian confines. I'd already seen Lander in Etudes, nonchalantly whipping off double fouettes without putting her heel down in between, and in La Sylphide, floating through Royes Fernandez' hands like smoke. I can still see her standing on the kitchen table in Miss Julie, calculating Jean's seduction with arrogance. But I'd never thought of her in Swan Lake, and I'd never seen anyone dance Swan Lake whose individual talents and previous repertory enabled her to do so with such riveting drama and power" Barbara Newman (1982).




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