København Danser

København Danser er Danmarks store dansefestival. Vores mission er at give danskerne mulighed for at opleve dans og ballet på allerhøjeste internationale niveau, når vi sammen skal nyde de bedste dansekompagnier i verden på københavnske scener. Hvert år vil København Danser præsentere et program, som henvender sig til både unge og ældre, det erfarne og uerfarne publikum.

Together we shall enjoy some of the best dance companies in the world on the Copenhagen stages.

Each coming year, København Danser will present a wide-ranging program equally directed towards an audience of all ages who are both knowledgable of and new to dance.





Join us in dance

Starting a new dance festival, a new cultural entity, requires a village. We are eternally grateful for our village that has made København Danser possible. We believe that small streams make great rivers. Rivers of great artistic experiences. We, therefore, invite you to dance with us in our quest for a more culturally rich Denmark



Please write to hello@kbhdanser.dk if you have a good idea, want to volunteer or if you just want to say hello. Even the smallest contributions will be helpful on our journey towards the greatest artistic experiences, hopefully continuing many years into the future.

We are already working on the future and we are looking forward to inviting you to join.



Thomas and Ulrik 

København Danser
Bryggervangen 7, 2. sal
2100 København Ø
CVR: 42022896


Ulrik Birkkjær
Artistic Director

+45 51 68 35 56


Principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet. Former principal with The Royal Danish Ballet. Producer and Artistic Director of dance performances in London, New York, and Bangalore. Awarded the gold medal in The Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto. Recipient of the Queen Ingrid's Honorary Scholarship.

Thomas Mieth
Festival Director
+45 51 92 42 39


More than 35 years of experience as stage manager and tour manager in performances around the world from Korinth Kino in Faaborg to Opera Garnier in Paris and The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Thomas has worked with Ørkenens Sønner, Det Brune Punktum, Rytteriet, Cirkusrevyen, La Fura Dels Baus, Alexander Kølpin's Copenhagen International Ballet, Cross Connection Ballet, Steen Koerner Studio and The Royal Danish Ballet, and among many others.

Anne-Kari Ravn
Business Advisor


Master of Economics from Copenhagen Business School and many years in the Danish business sector. Business Manager at Dansk Danseteater from 2008-2020, responsible for administration, fundraising, and building a large international network, with tours in Europe, USA, and Asia 

Board of Directors

Lars Liebst - Chairman of the Board
Born 1956, male. Joined the Board of Directors on January 8, 2021.
Chairman of the Board of Arena CPHX, The Schackenborg Foundation, The Building, and Development Foundation DTM 4.0. Board member of Schackenborg Agriculture, Egeskov Castle, Queen Ingrid's Honorary Scholarship, The American Scandinavian Foundation. Senior advisor for Tishman Speyer. Former director of Grønnegårds Teatret, Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance and Tivoli. Experience from various government councils, commissions and employers' organizations.
Finn L Meyer - Vice Chairman

Born 1953, male. Joined the Board of Directors on January 8, 2021.


40 years of experience as a state-authorized public accountant, partner, senior/managing partner and international board member. Vice Chair KPMG International, CFO KPMG EMA. Former member of the Committee on Corporate Governance, chairman of the Fund Law Committee. Chairman of the board of, among others, Kjøbenhavns Boldklub, Gunnar Jensen's Foundation and Erling Knudsen's Foundation.

Camilla Høy Kramer Schou

Born 1980, female. Joined the Board of Directors on January 8, 2021. Indtrådt i bestyrelsen den 8. januar 2021.

Uddannet journalist fra SDU og kulturjournalist på Politiken fra 2005-2010. Fra 2010 til 2014 presseansvarlig for Den Kongelige Ballet, balletmester Nikolaj Hübbe og de udenlandske kompagnier, der gæstede Gamle Scene. Ansvar for PR på Den Kongelige Ballets store USA-turné i 2011. Siden 2014 presse- og kommunikationschef for Politikens Forlag og en del af forlagets ledelse. Fra januar 2024 forlagschef, Politikens Forlag


Maria Birkkjær Räder

Born 1982, female. Joined the Board of Directors on February 4, 2021.


Advokat og partner i Advokatfirmaet Birkkjær Räder.

Lawyer and partner in the law firm Birkkjær Räder. Former lawyer at Kammeradvokaten / The law firm Poul Schmith, Financial Stability and Accura. Right to appear before the High Court (L), admitted to the National Debt Management Agency's Advocate Panel, certified insolvency lawyer. Is in close family with initiator and festival director Ulrik Birkkjær, and is therefore not considered independent.

Artistic advisory board

Erik Aschengreen 

Author, university lecturer, ballet critic, and theorist. Dr. with the dissertation Jean Cocteau and the Dance. Writer for Berlingske Tidende about ballet and dance from 1964 to 2005. Participated in establishing a degree in Dance Science at the University of Copenhagen and teaches at the same place. Member of the Performing Arts Committee who contributed to Denmark's cultural canon in 2006. Author of numerous books on ballet and dance. 

Sorella Englund


Instructor, choreographer, educator, and dancer. Educated from the Finnish National Ballet and dancer with the company from 1964. First foreign solo dancer at the Royal Ballet, 1970. Frequent and beloved instructor with many international ballet companies including The Scottish National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Boston Ballet, and Tokyo National Ballet. Ballet Master for the Boston Ballet from 1996 to 1999. Subsequently permanent instructor at The Royal Danish Ballet.

Dinna Bjørn

Dancer, choreographer, and ballet master. Founded the Bournonville Group with Frank Andersen in 1976, and has since been a leading Bournonville authority with an international reputation. From 1990 Ballet Master at the Norwegian National Ballet. From 2001 Ballet Master for the Finnish National Ballet. With Queen Margrethe II as set designer, Dinna created the ballets Kærlighed i Skarnkassen in 2001 and Tommelise in 2005 for the Pantomime Theater in Tivoli.

Sebastian Kloborg

Dancer and choreographer. Soloist at The Royal Danish Ballet and Gauthier Dance in Stuttgart until 2016. Success as a choreographer with works created for The Royal Danish Ballet, Danish Dance Theatre, Corpus, English National Ballet, Chamber Ballet and Betty Nansen Theatre. Created solosolo for København Danser in 2020 as the festival's first artistic production. 


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