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Campion, Mary Anne (c. 1687–1706), singer and dancer  

Anita McConnell

Campion, Mary Anne (c. 1687–1706), singer and dancer, was born of lowly parents, her father having possibly been a servant of William Cavendish, first duke of Devonshire. She displayed a precocious talent on the stage; aged eleven, she was a member of Christopher Rich's...

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Davis, Belle (b. 1874, d. in or after 1938), dancer and singer  

Jeffrey Green and Rainer E. Lotz

Davis, Belle (b. 1874, d. in or after 1938), dancer and singer, was born in Chicago on 28 April 1874, the daughter of George Davis. Of European and African ancestry, she spent most of her adult life abroad, largely in Britain, where she arrived in mid-1901 with two boys who were billed as Piccaninny Actors. Her performance style changed from ‘coon shouting’ and ‘ragtime singing’ in the 1890s to a more decorous manner, where prancing children provided the amusement. She directed their stage act, and with two, sometimes three or four, black children the act was a vigorous and popular entertainment in British and continental theatres....

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Flint, Keith Charles (1969–2019), dancer and singer  

Chloe Govan

Flint, Keith Charles (1969–2019), dancer and singer, was born on 17 September 1969 at 75 Hazeldene Road, Goodmayes, Ilford, Essex, the youngest of three brothers of Clive Sydney Flint (b. 1937), electrical engineer, and his wife, Yvonne Marie, née Pincott (...

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Johnson, Kenrick Reginald Hijmans (1914–1941)  

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Kenrick Reginald Hijmans Johnson (1914–1941) by unknown photographer, c. 1940 photographer unknown / Val Wilmer Collection

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Johnson, Kenrick Reginald Hijmans [Ken] [called Ken Snakehips Johnson] (1914–1941), dancer and bandleader  

Val Wilmer

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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Kiralfy [formerly Königsbaum], Imre (1845–1919), dancer and impresario  

Javier Pes

Kiralfy [formerly Königsbaum], Imre (1845–1919), dancer and impresario, was born in Pest in the Austro-Hungarian empire, the first of the seven children of Jacob Königsbaum, a clothing manufacturer, and his wife, Anna (Rosa) Weisberger. The Königsbaums were a prosperous family of Jewish descent. However, their family business was ruined in the Hungarian revolution of 1848, after which they suffered temporary poverty and ...

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May (née Golding), Betty (1894–1980)  

Maker: Angus Basil

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Betty May (1894–1980), by Angus Basil, 1920s

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May (née Golding), Betty (1894–1980), artists’ model, dancer, and singer  

Richard Weight

May (née Golding), Betty (1894–1980), artists’ model, dancer, and singer, was born Bessie Golding on 25 August 1894 at 37 Lansdowne Road, West Ham, London, the eldest daughter and second of five children of George Golding (1871–1915), iron plater, and his wife, ...

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Mills, Florence [real name Florence Winfrey; married name Florence Thompson] (1895–1927), singer and dancer  

Stephen Bourne

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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Florence Mills (1895–1927) by unknown photographer, c. 1925 Getty Images

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Poitier [married names Vernon, Thompson], Jane Henrietta (b. 1736, d. in or after 1788), singer and dancer  

Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

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...