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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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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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Morris, Margaret Eleanor (1891–1980), teacher of dance, was born on 10 March 1891 at 28 Collingham Place, Kensington, London, the daughter of an artist, William Bright Morris (1844–1896), and his wife, Emily Victoria Maundrell. Her parents took her to live in Boulogne when she was a few weeks old, so she grew up both bilingual and Francophile. In 1900 she joined the ...

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Parkinson, Georgina Julia (1938–2009), ballerina and ballet mistress, was born on 20 August 1938 at 45 Embassy Court, King's Road, Brighton, Sussex, the daughter of George Parkinson, a turf accountant or bookmaker, and his wife, Winifred, née Berg. Her father became addicted to gambling and his losses kept his family perpetually short of money. She nevertheless led an active childhood. In a much later interview she said, 'I did just about everything. I used to ice skate, play the piano, take singing lessons and dramatic art and of course, ballet lessons as well. It soon became clear that I was better at ballet than any of the other things' (...

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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 ...