Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was born in 1878 in Richmond, VA. He is known to be one of the most famous dancers of the 1920's and 1930's. Especially for tap dancing.
De Valois, Dame Ninette (Born 1898), born Edris Stannus in Baltiboys, Ireland. Irish dancer and choreographer, founded The Royal Ballet and served as its director until her retirement in 1963. She was born in County Wicklow, Ireland, and trained to be a dancer. In 1926, she opened a school in London and began producing dances for the plays of Shakespeare. The group was first called the Vic-Wells, then the Sadler's Wells Ballet, after the theatres where the company danced. In 1956, the company's name became The Royal Ballet under a charter granted by Queen Elizabeth II.
Dame Ninette choreographed (composed) several dramatic ballets, including Job (1931), The Rake's Progress (1935), and Checkmate (1937). She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1951.
Fokine, Michel (1880-1942), was a great Russian ballet dancer and choreographer (dance composer). Fokine invented the one-act ballet based on music by a first-rate composer. The dance and scenery in his ballets merge with the mood and drama of the music to create a powerful theatre event. Fokine composed more than 60 one-act ballets between 1905 and 1942. The best known include The Dying Swan, Les Sylphides, Prince Igor, Scheherazade, Le Spectre de la Rose, Petrouchka, L'Epreuve d'Amour, and The Firebird. Fokine was born in St. Petersburg. There he became soloist with the Maryinsky Ballet (now the Kirov Ballet). He left Russia for Western Europe with Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1909. Fokine's early work with the Ballets Russes in Paris marked the beginning of his great career as a choreographer. He became a citizen of the U.S.A. in 1932.
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