Harald Lander trained at the Royal Danish Ballet School and became a member of the Royal Danish Ballet in 1923. He began his choreographic career in 1929 with his first ballet Don Pedro in which he also starred. Mr. Lander was appointed Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet in 1932, a position he held until 1951. Under Mr. Lander’s leadership, the Royal Danish Ballet thrived artistically and commercially for the first time in decades, bringing them international success.
Mr. Lander choreographed over 30 ballets in his career, with Etudes, choreographed in 1948, achieving enduring popularity and worldwide acclaim.
Mr. Lander joined the staff of the Paris Opera as Ballet Master in 1951. In 1959, he became Director of the Paris Opera Ballet School and held both positions until 1963. He also became a Knight of Dannebrog and was decorated by the Swedish, Belgian and French governments.
He died in Copenhagen on September 14, 1971.