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Ashton, Sir Frederick William Mallandaine (1904–1988)  

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

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Ashton, Sir Frederick William Mallandaine (1904–1988), choreographer and director  

Kathrine Sorley Walker

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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Bradley, Robert (1908–1972)  

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Robert Bradley (1908–1972) by unknown photographer, 1934 [centre, in the musical Evergreen] Getty Images

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Bradley, Robert [nicknamed Buddy; real name Clarence Bradley Epps] (1905–1972), choreographer  

Stephen Bourne

Bradley, Robert [nicknamed Buddy; real name Clarence Bradley Epps] (1905–1972), choreographer, was born Clarence Bradley Epps in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on 25 July 1905. There is uncertainty about the names of his parents, though later in life he gave his father’s name as ...

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Cranko, John Cyril (1927–1973)  

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John Cyril Cranko (1927–1973) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1956 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cranko, John Cyril (1927–1973), ballet dancer and choreographer  

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Cranko, John Cyril (1927–1973), ballet dancer and choreographer, was born on 15 August 1927 in Rustenburg, about 60 miles from Johannesburg, South Africa, the only child of Herbert Cranko, a lawyer who later went on to practise in Johannesburg itself, and his wife, ...

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

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Dixey, Phyllis Selina (1914–1964), variety and striptease artiste  

Philip Carter

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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Franca, Celia [real name Nita Celia Franks] (1921–2007), ballet dancer, choreographer, and ballet director  

Alex May

Franca, Celia [real name Nita Celia Franks] (1921–2007), ballet dancer, choreographer, and ballet director, was born on 25 June 1921 at 57 Nicholas Street, Mile End, London, the daughter of Solomon Franks, boot salesman, later ladies' outfitter, and his wife, Gertie, née...

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Celia Franca (1921–2007) by Janine, 1960 courtesy of the National Ballet of Canada archives

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Gopal, (Bissano) Ram (1912?–2003), Indian classical dancer  

Reginald Massey

Gopal, (Bissano) Ram (1912?–2003), Indian classical dancer, was born, probably on 20 November 1912, in Bangalore, India, the son of a Rajput lawyer and his Burmese wife. Being a cantonment town, Bangalore had a considerable British and Anglo-Indian presence. Gopal's autobiography, Rhythm in the Heavens...

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Grant, Alexander Marshall (1925–2011), dancer and ballet director  

Kathrine Sorley Walker

Grant, Alexander Marshall (1925–2011), dancer and ballet director, was born on 22 February 1925 in Wellington, New Zealand, the elder son of Alexander Grant, hotelier, and his wife, Eleather. He was educated at Wellington College. From the age of seven he had dancing lessons from local teachers, ...

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Jooss, Kurt (1901–1979), choreographer and teacher of dance  

Karl Toepfer

Jooss, Kurt (1901–1979), choreographer and teacher of dance, was born on 12 January 1901, in Wasseralfingen, a suburb of Stuttgart, Germany. His father owned a farm, but as a child Jooss felt vague inclinations toward several arts. While studying at the Stuttgart Academy of Music...

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Kemp, Lindsay Keith (1938–2018)  

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Lindsay Keith Kemp (1938–2018), by Eamonn McCabe, 2000

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Kemp, Lindsay Keith (1938–2018), dancer, mime artist, and choreographer  

Nadine Meisner

Kemp, Lindsay Keith (1938–2018), dancer, mime artist, and choreographer, was born on 3 May 1938 at Tyneholm, Kirby Road, Irby, on the Wirral peninsula, the son of (Alfred) Norman Kemp (1899–1940), marine electrical engineer, and his wife, Marie Alderson Voyce, née...

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L'Abbé, Anthony (b. 1666/7, d. in or after 1753), choreographer and dancing-master  

Jennifer Thorp

L'Abbé, Anthony (b. 1666/7, d. in or after 1753), choreographer and dancing-master, about whose birth and parentage nothing is known, joined the Académie Royale de Musique in Paris as a dancer in 1688, at the age of twenty-one. He left in 1698 when ...

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Lanner [married name Geraldini], Katharina Josefa [Katti] (1829–1908), dancer and choreographer  

J. Gilliland

Lanner [married name Geraldini], Katharina Josefa [Katti] (1829–1908), dancer and choreographer, was born in the parish of Laimgrube, Vienna, Austria, on 14 September 1829, one of the two daughters of Josef Lanner (1801–1843), a violinist and waltz composer, and his wife, Franciska, ...

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Dame Gillian Lynne (1926–2018), by Gregory Heisler

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Lynne, Dame Gillian [real name Gillian Barbara Pyrke; married names Back, Land] (1926–2018), dancer and choreographer  

Alex May

Lynne, Dame Gillian [real name Gillian Barbara Pyrke; married names Back, Land] (1926–2018), dancer and choreographer, was born on 20 February 1926 at 65 Avondale Road, Bromley, Kent, the only child of Leslie Pyrke (1892–1977), house furnisher, and his wife, ...