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Gallini, Sir John Andrew [formerly Giovanni Andrea Battista Gallini] (1728–1805), dancer and theatre manager, was born in Florence, Italy, on 7 January 1728. He was trained in Paris by François Marcel and emigrated to England at an unknown date, though he had been performing at the ...

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Danny La Rue (1927–2009) by Reg Wilson, 2002 © Reg Wilson / Rex Features

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La Rue, Danny [real name Daniel Patrick Carroll] (1927–2009), entertainer, was born at 10 Horgans Buildings, Cork, Ireland, on 26 July 1927, the youngest of five children of Thomas (Tom) Carroll (b. 1895), carpenter and cabinet-maker, and his wife, Mary Ann, ...

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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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Meyer, Laverne Ignatius Henry (1935–2008), dancer and choreographer, was born on 1 February 1935, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, one of seven children of Lincoln Meyer, farmer, and his wife, Cora, née Voll. A childhood enthusiasm for dancing from watching films starring Fred Astaire...

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Priest, Josias (d. 1734/5), dancer and boarding-school proprietor, was almost certainly a performer on the London stage from at least 1667, when Mr Priest danced a ‘Tony’, or fool, in act v of Dryden's comedy Sir Martin Mar-All and the end of the play was 'Crown'd with an Excellent Entry … by ...

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Ritchard, Cyril Joseph (1897–1977), dancer, actor, and theatre director, was born on 1 December 1897 at Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia, the son of Herbert Trimnell Ritchard, grocer, and his wife, Marguerite Collins. Ritchard made his name in Australia with Leah Madeleine [Madge] Elliott...

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Weaver, John (1673–1760), dancer and choreographer, the son of John Weaver (d. 1701) and his wife, Anne (d. 1721), was baptized at the abbey church of Holy Cross, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, on 21 July 1673. His father, who taught dancing to pupils at ...