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Ashton, Sir Frederick William Mallandaine (1904–1988), choreographer and director, was born on 17 September 1904 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, the fourth of the five children of George Ashton (1864–1924) and his second wife, Georgiana (1869–1939), daughter of Henry Fulcher and his wife, Edith. His father was manager of the ...

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Sir Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton (1904–1988) by Baron, c. 1945 Getty Images – Baron

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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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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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George Sainton Kaye Butterworth (1885–1916) by unknown artist, © Lebrecht Music & Arts

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Butterworth, George Sainton Kaye (1885–1916), composer and folk dancer, was born on 12 July 1885 at 16 Westbourne Square, Paddington, London, the only child of Sir Alexander Kaye Butterworth (1854–1946), a solicitor and later general manager of the North Eastern Railway Company, and his wife, ...

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See Cary, Anne [name in religion Clementia]

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Essex, John (d. 1744), dancing-master, is of obscure origins, as the place and date of his birth, and his parentage, are unknown. Nothing is known of his early life or his education but by 1702 he was established as a professional dancer at the ...

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Genée [married name Isitt], Dame Adeline [real name Anina Margarete Kirstina Petra Jensen] (1878–1970), ballet dancer, was born on 6 January 1878 in the Jutland village of Hinnerup, Århus, Denmark, the survivor of twins and younger of two daughters of the Danish farmer ...

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Dame Adeline Genée (1878–1970) by Bassano, 1916 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kennedy, Douglas Neil (1893–1988), folk musician and dancer, was born on 11 May 1893 at 138 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, the son of John Henderson Kennedy (d. 1912?), solicitor and singing teacher, and his wife, Patricia Grieve Thomson (d. 1906). He was educated at ...

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Douglas Neil Kennedy (1893–1988) by unknown photographer courtesy EFDSS

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William Kimber (1872–1961) by unknown photographer, 1912 courtesy EFDSS

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Kimber, William (1872–1961), morris dancer and musician, was born on 8 September 1872 at Huggett's Cottage, Old Road, Headington Quarry, Oxford, eldest of the four sons and two daughters of William Kimber (1849–1931), builder, and his wife, Sophia Ann (1850–1931), née Kimber, smocker, of ...

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Poitier [married names Vernon, Thompson], Jane Henrietta (b. 1736, d. in or after 1788), singer and dancer, was born in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, on 8 June 1736, the daughter of the French theatre dancer Michael Poitier (d...

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Priest, Josias (d. 1734/5), dancer and boarding-school proprietor, was almost certainly a performer on the London stage from at least 1667, when Mr Priest danced a ‘Tony’, or fool, in act v of Dryden's comedy Sir Martin Mar-All and the end of the play was 'Crown'd with an Excellent Entry … by ...

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Victor Marlborough Silvester (1900–1978) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Silvester, Victor Marlborough (1900–1978), ballroom dancer and bandleader, was born on 25 February 1900 at the vicarage of St John's Church, Wembley, the second of six children and younger son of the Revd John William Potts Silvester and his wife, Katherine (née...