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A.J. Hipkins and David Charlton

(b Menstetten, nr Altona, Hamburg, Feb 25, 1809; d London, May 26, 1886). French dancing-master and composer, father of Eugen d'Albert. He was the son of a captain of cavalry in the French army, on whose death in 1816 d'Albert and his mother emigrated to England. D'Albert received piano tuition in London from Kalkbrenner and composition lessons from S.S. Wesley. After a period with the ballet in Paris (with Saint-Georges he wrote the libretto for Adam's ballet-pantomime ...

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(b St Petersburg, July 13, 1819; d Paris Oct 26, 1857). Russian dancer. See Ballet, §2, (ii) .

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(b Naples, Nov 4, 1803 or 1795/7; d Cernobbio, Jan 15, 1878). Italian dancer and writer on dance. See Ballet, §2, (i).

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(b Copenhagen, Aug 21, 1805; d Copenhagen, Nov 30, 1879). Danish dancer and choreographer. See Ballet, §2, (ii).

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Ronald M. Radano

Vernon (b Norwich, England, May 2, 1887; d Fort Benbrook, TX, February 15, 1918). Irene (b New Rochelle, NY, April 7, 1893; d Eureka Springs, AR, January 25, 1969). American ballroom and exhibition dancers. The Castles (married in 1911) began to appear as a dance team in New York clubs in ...

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(b Naples, May 11, 1817; d Paris, May 6, 1909). Italian dancer. See Ballet, §2, (ii).

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Whitney B. Holley

(b New York, NY, Aug 15, 1892; d Los Angeles, CA, Aug 29, 1972). American lyricist, dancer, and comedian. He began his career as a dancer and comedian on the vaudeville circuit and became a Tin Pan Alley lyricist. From Shirley Temple’s innocent banter to Billie Holiday’s sensual musings, Clare had a knack for fitting lyrics perfectly to a performer’s character. “Ma, he’s makin’ eyes at me” (...

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Irene Alm

(b Milan, ?1755; d after 1838). Italian dancer, choreographer and composer. A pupil of Noverre, he danced at the Kärntnertortheater in Vienna in 1775 and presented his first choreography at the Teatro S Agostino in Genoa during Carnival 1776. Most of Clerico’s works were created for the opera houses in Venice, where he worked during the 1780s at S Samuele, S Benedetto and S Moisè, and later in his career at the Fenice, and in Milan, where from ...

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(b Montpellier, Aug 19, 1742; d Tours, Feb 14, 1806). French dancer, teacher and choreographer . He danced in Lyons in 1757 under Noverre, who described his pupil as a joyful and dramatically expressive dancer. Within two years Dauberval was ballet-master for the Turin opera house. In ...

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Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

(b Vienna, Jan 17, 1775; d Addleston, Surrey, Sept 3, 1838). English actress, singer, and dancer . Her father, an orchestral flute player, brought his family to London and she danced on stage as a child, gradually taking juvenile acting and singing parts. From ...

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Rainer E. Lotz

(b Philadelphia, May 14, 1889; d New York, May 19, 1939). American dancer, choreographer, and impresario. He went to Ireland in 1903 as a member of a juvenile “piccaninny” group, then toured Europe with Belle Davis (1903–8); his dancing during this period may be seen in the film ...

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Susan Au

(b San Francisco, CA, May 27, 1877; d Nice, France, Sept 14, 1927). American dancer. She studied classical ballet as a child but rejected it as artificial, and developed her own style of dancing based on the principles of natural movement. Early in her career she danced for the theatrical manager Augustin Daly in the United States and with Loïe Fuller’s company in Europe, but subsequently performed mainly as a solo recitalist. After an early performance (New York, ...

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Kate Van Winkle Keller

(b Paris, France, c1762; d Washington, DC, April 11, 1841). American dancing master, choreographer, and composer of dance music. He was born into a family named Landrin with close connections to the court of Louis XVI. He was a pupil of Maximilien Gardel (...

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Claude Conyers

(b York, PA, Jan 6, 1768; d Philadelphia, 1822). American dancer. He was the first native-born American to become known as a performing dancer. Interested in theater and dance as a boy, he was, according to his memoirs, “charmed” by the liveliness of the hornpipe. As early as ...

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Maureen Needham Costonis

(b Nancy, Feb 4, 1758; d Paris, Oct 18, 1840). French dancer and ballet-master . He made his début as a danseur noble in 1774. He was trained by his brother, Maximilien Léopold Philippe Joseph Gardel (b Mannheim, 18 Dec 1741; d Paris, ...

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(b Copenhagen, June 30, 1819; d Munich, April 4, 1907). Danish dancer. See Ballet, §2, (ii).

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(b Visinada, Istria [now Vizinada], June 28, 1819; d Geneva, May 20, 1899). Italian dancer, cousin of Giulia Grisi and Giuditta Grisi. See Ballet, §2, (ii).

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(b Copenhagen, Denmark, 1843; d New York, NY, Feb 4, 1899). Composer, dancer, and playwright of Danish birth. He immigrated to the United States in about 1874 and was active in New York in both music and theater. He provided the music for several musical comedies, including ...

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Claude Conyers

(b Baton Rouge, 1842?; d Artesia, NM, Jun 30, 1915). American comedian, singer, and dancer. He began performing with the minstrel troupes managed by Charles Hicks in the early 1860s, soon winning a reputation as a comic song-and-dance man. After a European tour in ...

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Allan Thomas

( b 1796; d 1866). Scottish dancing-master . He was the most prominent member of a family of dance teachers in Scotland in the early 19th century, whose descendants numbered more than 20 teachers over five generations and who were active in Scotland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand for some 200 years. With his brothers John, Robert and James, Lowe was influential in establishing Scottish dance in a modern ballroom form. The brothers taught in different parts of Scotland and together wrote ...