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Ask la Cour was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and began his dance training at the age of nine at the Royal Danish Ballet School, where he studied with Niels Balle, Adam Lüders, and Colleen Neary.

He joined the Royal Danish Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2000. Mr. la Cour joined New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in the fall of 2002, was promoted to the rank of soloist in May 2005, and became a principal in February 2013.

While at the Royal Danish Ballet, Mr. la Cour performed featured roles in August Bournonville's Napoli (Pas de Six), John Cranko's Onegin (Lensky), Peter Martins' Hallelujah Junction and Swan Lake (Hungarian), John Neumeier's Romeo and Juliet (Monk), Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker (Spanish), and Lila York's Concerto in Pieces (Pas de Trois).


  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (Second Movement)
  • Chaconne
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • "Diamonds" from Jewels
  • "Emeralds" from Jewels
  • Episodes
  • Firebird
  • The Four Temperaments
  • Ivesiana (In the Inn)
  • Kammermusik No. 2
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cavalier, Demetrius, Theseus)
  • Monumentum pro Gesualdo
  • Movements for Piano and Orchestra
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Cavalier, Hot Chocolate, Dr. Stahlbaum)
  • Orpheus
  • Prodigal Son
  • Robert Schumann's "Davidsbündlertänze"
  • Serenade
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
  • Stravinsky Violin Concerto
  • Symphony in C (Second Movement)
  • Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 (Élégie)
  • Union Jack
  • Vienna Waltzes
  • Walpurgisnacht Ballet
  • Western Symphony
  • Who Cares?


  • The Blue of Distance


  • Bournonville Divertissements


  • Musagète


  • Slice to Sharp


  • Barber Violin Concerto
  • Concerto for Two Solo Pianos
  • A Fool for You
  • Fearful Symmetries
  • Morgen
  • River of Light
  • Romeo + Juliet (Friar Lawrence, Lord Capulet)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Gold)
  • Swan Lake (Von Rotbart, Hungarian, Russian)
  • Thou Swell
  • Todo Buenos Aires


  • Russian Seasons


  • Circus Polka
  • Concertino
  • Fanfare (Double Bass)
  • The Four Seasons (Janus, Summer)
  • Glass Pieces
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • In Memory Of …
  • In The Night
  • Piano Pieces
  • Les Noces


  • Episodes & Sarcasms


  • After the Rain Pas de Deux
  • Carnival of the Animals
  • Polyphonia
  • This Bitter Earth

Lauren Lovette

  • Not Our Fate

Peter Martins

  • Bal de Couture

Benjamin Millepied

  • Double Aria

Justin Peck

  • The Most Incredible Thing (The King)

Alexei Ratmansky

  • Voices

Christopher Wheeldon

  • After the Rain
  • Shambards

Boris Eifman

  • Musagète

Susan Stroman

  • "Makin' Whoopee" from Double Feature (Flossy's Husband)

Christopher Wheeldon

  • An American in Paris
  • Carnival of the Animals

Anatomy of a Dance

Ask la Cour on Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Principal Dancer Ask la Cour talks about performing the second aria pas de deux in Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto, which he likens to a co-dependent relationship.


Mr. la Cour has received several awards, including the 1998 Royal Theatre Award, the 2001 Edith Allers Memorial Award, the 2001 Birger Bartholins Memorial Award, and the 2001 John Roagers Memorial Award.

Portrait © Paul Kolnik