Earlier this week former Ballerina Heidi Ryom was the popular recipient of Friends of The Danish Ballet's Honerary Award and shared stories of her long career as dancer, teacher and director with the audience. Today brings the unexpected news of her sudden death of a brain aneurysm yesterday, at age 58.
Heidi Ryom had an unusual and varied career at the Royal Danish Ballet. In her early years she was a Bournonville soubrette but she managed to develop to the ballerina repertoire. She will be remembered for a full set of ballerina roles, culminating with her outstanding Tatiana in "Onegin" with Arne Villumsen. In her later career she enjoyed a strong partnership with Nikolaj Hübbe, including "Romeo & Juliet" and "Swan Lake" until her retirement in 1997.
She remained at RDB as a popular and enthusiastic teacher and director, who could be seen at many performances following and cheering her pupils along.