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Berk [née Heymansohn], Lieselotte [Lotte] (1913–2003), dancer and fitness trainer, was born on 17 January 1913 in Cologne, Germany, the only daughter of Jewish parents. Her Russian father, Nicolai Heymansohn, was originally a tailor and owned shops selling clothing for men. Her German mother died of a stroke when ...

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Franca, Celia [real name Nita Celia Franks] (1921–2007), ballet dancer, choreographer, and ballet director, was born on 25 June 1921 at 57 Nicholas Street, Mile End, London, the daughter of Solomon Franks, boot salesman, later ladies' outfitter, and his wife, Gertie, née...

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Celia Franca (1921–2007) by Janine, 1960 courtesy of the National Ballet of Canada archives

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Kiralfy [formerly Königsbaum], Imre (1845–1919), dancer and impresario, was born in Pest in the Austro-Hungarian empire, the first of the seven children of Jacob Königsbaum, a clothing manufacturer, and his wife, Anna (Rosa) Weisberger. The Königsbaums were a prosperous family of Jewish descent. However, their family business was ruined in the Hungarian revolution of 1848, after which they suffered temporary poverty and ...

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Dame Alicia Markova (1910–2004) by Baron, 1954 Getty Images

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Markova, Dame Alicia [real name Lilian Alicia Marks] (1910–2004), ballet dancer, was born on 1 December 1910 at 23 Wilberforce Road, Finsbury Park, London, the eldest of the four daughters of Arthur Tristman Marks (d. 1924), a mining engineer, and his wife, ...

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Rambert, Dame Marie [née Cyvia Ramberg] (1888–1982), ballet dancer and founder of the Rambert Dance Company, was born in Poland on 20 February 1888 at Warsaw, then under Russian domination, the third of six children (four girls and two boys) of Yakov Ramberg...

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Dame Marie Rambert (1888–1982) by Gordon Anthony, 1938 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum