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Barnes, Clive Alexander (1927–2008), dance and drama critic, was born on 13 May 1927 at St Thomas's Hospital, Lambeth, London, the only child of Arthur Lionel Barnes (1898–1940), ambulance driver, and his wife, Freda Marguerite, née Garratt. After their divorce when Clive was seven his mother brought him up (reconciliation later on was cut short by ...

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Beaumont, Cyril William (1891–1976), dance historian and critic, was born on 1 November 1891 at 37 Stockwell Park Crescent, Lambeth, the eldest of three children of Frederick John Beaumont and his wife, Mary Henrietta Balchin. His father was an engineer and the son of an inventor, and was involved with the entertainment business as a prestidigitator and cinematographer. His mother's family had links with ...

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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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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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Buckle, (Christopher) Richard Sandford [Dicky] (1916–2001), ballet critic and exhibition organizer, was born on 6 August 1916 at Old Cottage, Warcop, Westmorland, the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Galbraith Buckle (d. 1918), of the Northamptonshire regiment, and his wife, Rose Evelyn, née...

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Dominic [née Levi], Zoë Denise (1920–2011), theatrical and dance photographer, was born on 4 July 1920 at 124 Downton Avenue, Streatham Hill, London, the daughter of Lionel Judah Levi (1882–1960) and his wife, Dora Jane Ann, née MacDonald (1896–1966). Her father was a carpet merchant and fine art dealer who specialized in French antique furniture and kept a shop in ...

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Arnold Lionel David Haskell (1903–1980) by Gordon Anthony, 1937 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Haskell, Arnold Lionel David (1903–1980), ballet critic, was born on 19 July 1903 in London, the only child of Jacob Silas Haskell, banker, of Queen's Gate, London, and his wife, Emmy Mesritz. He was educated at Westminster School and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge...

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Laban, Rudolf Jean-Baptiste Attila (1879–1958), dancer and dance theoretician, who developed a comprehensive system of movement notation, was born on 15 December 1879 at Donaulande 12, Bratislava, in the Austro-Hungarian empire, the first among the four children of Field Marshal Rudolf von Laban...

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Lloyd, Maude Doris (1908–2004), ballet dancer and critic, was born in Cape Town, Cape Colony, on 16 August 1908, the only daughter of William Lloyd (1875–1960), builder, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Bird (c.1880–c.1961); she had an older brother, ...

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Morley [married names Coates, Jacob], Iris Vivienne (1910–1953), novelist and writer on ballet, was born on 10 May 1910 in Carshalton, Surrey, the elder daughter (there were no sons) of Lieutenant-Colonel Lyddon Charteris Morley CBE (1877–1954), of the Hampshire regiment, and his wife, ...

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Percival, John (1927–2012), dance critic and author, was born on 16 March 1927 at 230 Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, the elder son of Cecil Ernest Percival (1896–1979), railwayman, and his wife, (Mua) Phoebe Margaret Mary, née Milchard (1899–1987). He attended Sir George Monoux Grammar School...

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Richardson, Philip John Sampey (1875–1963), journal editor and dance critic, was born on 17 March 1875 in Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire, the son of Edmund John Richardson, maltster, and of his wife, Margaret Sampey. He was educated at Beaumont College and University College School and had early experience in journalism. He married in 1909 ...

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Williams, Peter Lancelot (1914–1995), designer and dance critic, was born on 12 June 1914 at the Manor House, Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire, the younger child of Major (later Colonel) Godfrey Trevelyan Williams, army officer, and his wife, Awdrie Fraser, née Elkington. At the time of ...