AWB Virtual Program: Series of classes in Ballet and Bournonville method with Ask la Cour, Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet

Ask la Cour in Bournonville Divertissements | New York City Ballet | Photo © Paul Kolnik

Intermediate-Advanced level students*
Friday 3 July at 12:00pm EST | 90-min. session 
Wednesdays at 12:00pm EST: 8, 15, 22, 29 July  | 90-min. session 

$15 single class | $68 package of five (5) classes | $140 package of ten (10) classes | virtual class via Zoom** includes classic barre and technique with individual corrections.

Note: students registered to attend 5+ virtual classes are able to apply to AWB Mentorship program. Package of ten (10) classes allows combination of two (2) different teachers with five (5) classes each, part of AWB Virtual Program Summer – Fall 2020.

Ask la Cour is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark he studied at The Royal Danish Ballet School for 8 years until he became a member of the company at age 16. While there he performed many featured roles in the Bournonville repertoire and became proficient in the Bournonville technique. Other accomplishments at The Royal Danish Ballet were his portrayal of Lenski in John Cranko’s Onegin.

Following his desire to expand his artistic horizon, Ask came to NYC in the Fall of 2002 after an invitation from New York City Ballet’s Ballet Master in Chief, Peter Martins. He enjoyed learning the depths of Balanchine’s repertoire, his most favorite being the Neoclassical ballets, The Four Temperaments, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Monumentum and Movements to more classical pieces including, Diamonds from Jewels, and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2. He also had the pleasure to work with choreographers including Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Benjamin Millepied and Lauren Lovette. His dance career has brought him around the globe where he has had the pleasure of performing in some of the biggest cultural institutions including, the Royal Opera House in London, Palais Garnier in Paris, and Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg to name a few.

When he is not working with the company, Ask enjoys pursuing choreographic projects, collaborating with various classical and contemporary artists and composers. Most recently he choreographed to Jane Antonia Cornish’s composition Into Silence. He has received several awards and grants, most recently in 2013 a grant from the Vibeke Roervig Foundation.

He feels driven to give back to artist and the community at large whenever possible, performing in numerous benefit events throughout his career and has co-produced a couple of them as well.


  • 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 RainShambards

*All ages and dance levels welcome, please contact AWB via email at:
**Zoom link and password provided upon registration

“It is not so much upon the number of exercises, as the care with they are done, that progresses and skill depend.” 

August Bournonville