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date: 13 December 2019

L’Abbé, Anthony locked

  • Carol G. Marsh

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(b Paris, ?1667; d Paris, ?after 1756). French dancing-master and choreographer. In 1698, about ten years after he began dancing at the Paris Opéra, he was brought to London by Thomas Betterton to perform at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. He performed and was active as choreographer at various London theatres until at least 1714, and in 1719 he was involved in plans for the new Royal Academy of Music. From 1715 to 1741 he was dancing-master to the grandchildren of George I, with a salary higher than that of Handel, their music master. His extant choreographies, preserved in Beauchamp-Feuillet notation, include a collection of 13 theatrical dances (A New Collection of Dances, London, c1725/R) composed during the first two decades of the 18th century; many of them are set to music by Lully and his successors, and are as demanding technically as those by Pécour and other French choreographers....

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A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800 (Carbondale, IL, 1973-93)