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Essex, John (d. 1744), dancing-master, is of obscure origins, as the place and date of his birth, and his parentage, are unknown. Nothing is known of his early life or his education but by 1702 he was established as a professional dancer at the ...

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Isaac, Mr [Edward Isaac] (fl. 1675–1717), dancing-master and choreographer, was a cousin of the Isaac family of musicians in London and Dublin and may have had some connection with the Paris dancers Isac or Isecq. His own surviving dances, however, are English in construction and style....

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Laban, Rudolf Jean-Baptiste Attila (1879–1958), dancer and dance theoretician, who developed a comprehensive system of movement notation, was born on 15 December 1879 at Donaulande 12, Bratislava, in the Austro-Hungarian empire, the first among the four children of Field Marshal Rudolf von Laban...

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L'Abbé, Anthony (b. 1666/7, d. in or after 1753), choreographer and dancing-master, about whose birth and parentage nothing is known, joined the Académie Royale de Musique in Paris as a dancer in 1688, at the age of twenty-one. He left in 1698 when ...

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Peacock, Francis (1723/4–1807), dancing-master and musician, was possibly born in or near York, although precise details of his birthplace are unknown. He studied dancing under Desnoyer, later dancing master at George III's court. In 1747 he was recommended to Aberdeen as 'a capable master … of a discreet and moral character' (...

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Somes, Michael George (1917–1994), ballet dancer and teacher, was born on 28 September 1917 at Horsley, Gloucestershire, the younger son of Edwin Joseph Somes (1882–1973), church organist and schoolteacher, and his wife, Ethel Mary Marie, née Pridham (1889–1972), also a schoolteacher. As a small boy he accompanied his mother and her pupils to dancing classes in ...

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Michael George Somes (1917–1994) by Baron, c. 1950 Getty Images – Baron