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date: 12 December 2019

Tomlinson, Kellom [Kenelm]locked

  • Jennifer Thorp



(b ?1693; d 1758). English dancing-master and choreographer. He was apprenticed to the London dancing-master Thomas Caverley (c1648–1745) from 1707 to about 1714, and he studied theatrical dance with René Cherrier (fl 1699–1708). Between 1708 and 1721 he compiled a manuscript notebook (NZ-Wt), which includes an early notation of Caverley's Slow Minuitt and six theatre dances of his own (five with music by Jean Baptiste Loeillet (i) and one with music by Tomlinson himself), three of which were designed as an entr'acte for a production of The Island Princess (Lincoln's Inn Fields, 1716) and later revived with additions as An Entertainment of Dancing for the Stage (1721). Six more of Tomlinson's dances, set to music by himself, Loeillet and Babell, were published annually between 1715 and 1720 (and as a collection in 1720) and survive as engraved notations. In ...

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