Erik Bruhn (ĕr´Ĭk brōōn), 1929–86, Danish ballet dancer, b. Copenhagen. Bruhn joined the Royal Danish Ballet in 1947 and became a soloist there in 1949. He was widely regarded as one of the world's foremost dancers, combining dramatic flair with a subtle precision of style. Best-known for his roles in La Sylphide,Giselle, and Swan Lake, he appeared throughout the world as guest artist and director with many companies, including the American Ballet Theatre. He was director of the Swedish Opera Ballet (1967–73) and artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada (1983–86).
See biography by J. Gruen (1979).