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Algeranoff, Harcourt [real name Harcourt Algernon Leighton Essex] (1903–1967), dancer and ballet master, was born in London on 18 April 1903, the son of Thomas Richard Essex, a sculptor, and his wife, Alice Kendall. He was named Harcourt Algernon Leighton Essex. He dropped his original name and assumed that of ...

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Brinson, Peter Neilson (1920–1995), writer and lecturer on dance, was born on 6 March 1920 at Sea View Villa, North Parade, Llandudno, the son of Harold Neilson Brinson, a major in the King's Liverpool regiment and cotton broker, and his wife, Vera Mabel Mathison...

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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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Gardner [married name Dyson], Maureen Angela Jane (1928–1974), athlete and ballet teacher, was born at 88 Chilswell Road, Oxford, on 12 November 1928, the only daughter and elder of two children of Fred Gardner (1888–1959), a police constable, and his second wife, ...

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Maureen Angela Jane Gardner (1928–1974) by unknown photographer, 1948 © Getty Images

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Gopal, (Bissano) Ram (1912?–2003), Indian classical dancer, was born, probably on 20 November 1912, in Bangalore, India, the son of a Rajput lawyer and his Burmese wife. Being a cantonment town, Bangalore had a considerable British and Anglo-Indian presence. Gopal's autobiography, Rhythm in the Heavens...

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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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Samuel Johnson (1690/9191–1773) by unknown engraver, pubd 1732 [ [as Lord Wildfire playing the violin] and Eliza Haywood (1693?–1756 ) [as Lady Flame on the balcony, in a scene from The Blazing Comet: the Mad Lovers, or, The Beauties of the Poets by Johnson]] © Copyright The British Museum

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Johnson, Samuel (1690/91–1773), dancing-master and playwright, was a native of Cheshire, but the exact place and date of his birth are unknown: as, too, are the names of his parents and other relations. (He had a brother who was a gaoler in Manchester...

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Jooss, Kurt (1901–1979), choreographer and teacher of dance, was born on 12 January 1901, in Wasseralfingen, a suburb of Stuttgart, Germany. His father owned a farm, but as a child Jooss felt vague inclinations toward several arts. While studying at the Stuttgart Academy of Music...