Lise la Cour Legacy Fund

$12,400 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 86 people in 27 months
We lost our mother, mentor and friend too soon. As a member of the dance community in Denmark and San Jose, Lise left an indelible mark on the dance world. Her mentorship and leadership helped shape countless lives. Blessed with a unique vision of artistic form and function, Lise was an invaluable asset. Her range of influence extended to developing the technique and artistry of ballet students and professionals alike, in addition to guiding productions of countless ballets and operas. She had an ability to connect with untapped potential in all who worked with her, pushing people to excel beyond their own boundaries of creativity. She possessed qualities of a true leader.

As her son, and professional ballet dancer, my mission is to carry on the vision of my mother, Lise la Cour, an unyielding positive force who had dreams which she did not have time to fulfill. We will use the funds collected to archive and preserve her children's ballets. Additionally, a scholarship fund will be created in her name, open to emerging dancers, choreographers, composers, and passionate creators who share Lise's vision of unbridled creativity but might not have the means to attend costly educational programs.

Any donation means support of the legacy Lise left behind, and an investment in future artists. Not only would financial support be received with immense gratitude from those working to preserve her ballets, but also from a student striving to reach their potential without the resources to go the distance.


The la Cour family
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Exciting News,

Big news for the Lise la Cour Legacy and its supporters, It has begun.
Manhattan Youth Ballet approached me not that long ago about doing one of her children's ballets.
With everything that is going on in the world these days The Ugly Duckling seemed like a perfect fit and would be challenging enough for every level at their school.
It gives the young talents an opportunity to perform a full story ballet in front of kids, young adults and anyone with a young heart.
The Ugly Duckling will make its comeback and will be performed at the Manhattan Youth Ballet Spring Workshop on March 10th-12th 2017.
For information about location and tickets go to

Thanks again for your support and making my mom's legacy a reality.

Ask la Cour & the la Cour family

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Thank you for all of your contributions to Lise la Cour's Legacy fund. I hope you will appreciate this brief video of my mom in her element from her years in San Jose.
Please feel free to share.
Video credit: Larry Haganey
A short video from her years in San Jose
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The Lise la Cour Legacy Fund have raised over $6,000 in 4 days thanks to an amazing group of friends and family. The goal is to at least reach $25,000 which will turn into a $1000 Scholarship a year to a promising artist in theater in either music, song or dance. Someone who possesses some of the same qualities as my mom and who will spread joy wherever they go. Please help SHARE this great cause for the future of arts and to the memory of my incredible mom, Lise la Cour - Ask la Cour
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A huge thank you to everyone who have donated to the Lise la Cour Legacy Fund so far and for sharing the memory of my mom.
There will be a Memorial Service held at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden on the Sun. the 28th of Aug. from 4-6pm
Address is:
Dana Ave, San Jose, CA 95112
cross st Naglee Ave
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Jodi Porter Haller
26 months ago

Beautiful! Thanks Larry for doing that!! xo

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$12,400 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 86 people in 27 months
Created August 18, 2016
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Lise Leonard
24 months ago

Best wishes to Ask, Laerke and Mikkel; I picture your Ballerina mother dancing in heaven. Blessings, Lise, Chuck and Erik.

26 months ago
Megan Fairchild
26 months ago

What a wonderful idea Ask! Sending you love!!!

26 months ago
Randall Kurie
26 months ago

I met Lisa last year in Copenhagen when she welcomed our daughter into her family. Simply put, she was a truly amazing individual.

Jodi Porter Haller
26 months ago

Beautiful! Thanks Larry for doing that!! xo

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