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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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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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Chappell, William Evelyn [Billy] (1907–1994), dancer and theatre designer, was born on 27 September 1907 in Wolverhampton, the only son of Archibald Chappell and his wife, Edith Eva Clara, née Blair-Staples. He was educated in Wolverhampton and Clapham, London, and at the Chelsea School of Art...

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Alsager Vian

revised by K. D. Reynolds

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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Dixey, Phyllis Selina (1914–1964), variety and striptease artiste, was born on 10 February 1914 at 330 Kingston Road, Merton, Surrey, the second child of Ernest Dixey (1891–1972), ship's steward and later railway attendant, from Sevenoaks, Kent, and his wife, (Phyllis) Selina (1891–1978), daughter of ...

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Elssler, Fransiska [Fanny] (1810–1884), dancer, was born in a suburb of Vienna, Austria, on 23 June 1810, the seventh of the nine children of Johann Florian Elssler (1769–1843), valet and copyist to Haydn, and his wife, Theresia Prinster (1779–1832), an embroideress. Many stories circulated about her youth, the veracity of which cannot be established, among them that ...

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Gable, Christopher Michael (1940–1998), dancer, actor, and ballet director, was born on 13 March 1940 in Hackney Hospital, London, the younger of the two sons of Denis Gable (1901–1976), a dental technician, and his wife, Hylda, née Knights (1906–1987). As a child he entered diverse talent competitions; watching the great film musicals encouraged him to dance, and at eleven he won a scholarship to the ...

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Garrick [née Veigel], Eva Maria [performing name Violette] (1724–1822), dancer, is best-known as the wife of David Garrick (1717–1779), whom she married on 22 June 1749. She was born into a Roman Catholic family in Vienna, the daughter of Johann Veigel...

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Johnson, Kenrick Reginald Hijmans [Ken] [called Ken Snakehips Johnson] (1914–1941), dancer and bandleader, was born on 10 September 1914 at 193 Wellington Street, Georgetown, British Guiana, the first of two surviving sons and eldest of six children of Dr Reginald Fitzherbert Johnson...

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Kelly, Margaret [known as Bluebell] (1910–2004), dancer and businesswoman, was born on 24 June 1910 at the Rotunda Hospital, Parnell Street, Dublin, the daughter of James Kelly and Margaret O'Brien. Three weeks after her birth her mother handed her over to a priest, saying she would be going abroad for three months; the baby was put into the care of ...

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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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Lane, William Henry [performing name Juba, Master Juba] (c. 1824–c. 1854), dancer, was probably born about 1824 in New York City. Lingering uncertainties around his biography derive from two major causes. Like most poor blacks of his era he left behind no written records. Problematic, too, is the fact that he spent much of his life working in blackface minstrelsy, a theatrical trade built upon masking and plagued by identity theft. There is strong evidence, in fact, that ...

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Mills, Florence [real name Florence Winfrey; married name Florence Thompson] (1895–1927), singer and dancer, was born in Washington, DC, on 25 January 1895, the daughter of John Winfrey, carpenter, and his wife, Nellie, formerly Symonds, laundrywoman. Her parents had been born in slavery in ...

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Nureyev, Rudolf Hametovich (1938–1993), dancer and choreographer, was born in Siberia in mid-March 1938, the youngest child (after three sisters) of Hamet Nuriakhmetovich Nureyev (1903–1966), a Red Army political officer, and his wife, Farida Agilivulevna (1905–1988). She was on a train to join him near ...

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Spencer [married name Barman], Penelope (1901–1993), dancer and choreographer, was born on 30 December 1901 at 39 Albert Mansions, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea, London, the daughter of Dr Leonard James Spencer (1870–1959), mineralogist, then working as an assistant at the British Museum...

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W. J. Lawrence

revised by J. Gilliland

Thompson, Lydia (1838–1908), dancer and actress, was born Eliza Hodges Thompson at her father's public house, 12 Brydges Street, Covent Garden, London, on 19 February 1838. She was the second of three surviving children of Philip Thompson (1801/2–1840) and Eliza, née Cooper. As her father died during her childhood and her mother remarried, she was compelled at an early age to earn her own living. She had a taste for dancing, which she learned from a ...

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Vaughan, Kate [real name Kate Alice Candelin] (1855–1903), actress and dancer, was born at 2 Dorset Street, Liverpool Road, Islington, London, on 16 August 1855, the elder daughter of James Matthias Candelin (1810/11-1886), a musician who played in the orchestra of the ...