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Allan, Maud [real name Ulla Maude Durrant] (1873–1956), dancer, was born in Toronto, Canada, on 27 August 1873. Her name was registered as Ulla Maude Durrant, the daughter of William Allan Durrant (1851–1917), a shoemaker, and his wife, Isa...

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Benesh [née Rothwell], Joan Dorothy (1920–2014), ballet dancer and choreologist, was born on 26 March 1920 at 14 Menlove Avenue, Wavertree, Liverpool, the only daughter and elder child of Reginald Edward Rothwell (1893–1950), army officer and engineer, and his wife ...

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Svetlana Beriosova (1932–1998) by Baron, 1954 [ and Michael Somes (1917-1994), in Rinaldo and Armida] Corbis

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Beriosova, Svetlana (1932–1998), ballet dancer, was born on 24 September 1932 at Kaunas, Lithuania, the daughter of Nicholas Beriozoff (1906–1996), dancer and ballet master, then a member of the Lithuanian State Ballet, and his first wife, Maria (d. 1941). Her grandparents had migrated to ...

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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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Bicknell [née Younger], Margaret (1681–1723), actress and dancer, was born on 11 November 1681 in Edinburgh, the daughter of James Younger, a soldier, and his wife, Margaret Keith. Both of her parents were born in Scotland. She was the elder sister of the actress and dancer ...

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Booth [née Santlow], Hester (c. 1690–1773), actress and dancer, was born about 1690. Very little is known about her parents and family background, although her mother, Jane (or Joanna), died in April 1724. She was apprenticed to the dancing-master René Cherrier, probably in 1704, and made her début as a dancer at ...

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Hester Booth (c. 1690–1773) by John Ellys private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Brae, June [real name June Telfer Bear] (1917–2000), ballet dancer, was born at St Ives, Ringwood, Hampshire, on 17 May 1917, the daughter of John McMillan Bear, a civil engineer, and his wife, May Alfreda Byerley. She travelled as a child to ...

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Brind, Bryony Jane Susan St John (1960–2015), ballet dancer, was born on 27 May 1960 at the Royal Marine Barracks, Stonehouse, Plymouth, the daughter of Roger Michael Atchley Brind (b. 1934), a lieutenant, then major, in the Royal Marines, and his wife ...

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Bulkley [née Wilford; other married name Barrisford], Mary (1747/8?–1792), dancer and actress, was the daughter of Edward Wilford (d. 1789), a minor official at Covent Garden. Wilford's sister Priscilla Steevens had in 1744 married John Rich, the proprietor of Covent Garden Theatre...

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Campion, Mary Anne (c. 1687–1706), singer and dancer, was born of lowly parents, her father having possibly been a servant of William Cavendish, first duke of Devonshire. She displayed a precocious talent on the stage; aged eleven, she was a member of Christopher Rich's...

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See Cary, Anne [name in religion Clementia]

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See Castle, Vernon [real name Vernon William Blyth]

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Clarke, Mary (1923–2015), dance critic, was born on 23 August 1923 at 10 Grove Park, Camberwell, London, the only child of Frederick Clarke (b. 1893/1894), an accountant who abandoned the family while Clarke was a child, and his wife Ethel Kate, ...

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Dale, Margaret (1922–2010), dancer and television producer, was born Margaret Elisabeth Bolam on 30 December 1922 at 24 Shieldfield Green, All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne, the daughter of John Howden Bolam (1892–1953) and his wife, Gladys Margaret, née Downs (1893–1975). Her father, who had served during the First World War with the ...

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Davis, Belle (b. 1874, d. in or after 1938), dancer and singer, was born in Chicago on 28 April 1874, the daughter of George Davis. Of European and African ancestry, she spent most of her adult life abroad, largely in Britain, where she arrived in mid-1901 with two boys who were billed as Piccaninny Actors. Her performance style changed from ‘coon shouting’ and ‘ragtime singing’ in the 1890s to a more decorous manner, where prancing children provided the amusement. She directed their stage act, and with two, sometimes three or four, black children the act was a vigorous and popular entertainment in British and continental theatres....

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Dawson, Nancy [real name Ann Newton] (bap. 1728, d. 1767), dancer, was probably the Ann baptized at Axminster, Devon, on 17 January 1728, the daughter of William Newton. In her will she named her parents as William Newton, a staymaker, of Martlett Court, Covent Garden...

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Nancy Dawson (bap. 1728, d. 1767) by Michael Jackson © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Phyllis Selina Dixey (1914–1964) by unknown photographer, 1940 © Getty Images