Bournonville, Auguste (ōgüstˈ bōrnôNvēlˈ) [key], 1805–79, Danish dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Bournonville studied in Copenhagen with his father Antoine, the ballet master, and in Paris with Auguste Vestris. He joined the Royal Danish Ballet in 1828. As soloist and, after 1848, as choreographer of more than 61 works, he developed a distinctive romantic style and precision of technique. His surviving dance works include a version of La Sylphide and The Dancing School.
See K. Ravlow, ed., The Bournonville School (1979).
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