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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday and Louis Dupré

Throwback Thursday and Louis Dupré

Louis Dupré was born in 1697 and is probably best known for being the teacher of Jean George Noverre. But Dupré was a dancer in his own right, although he never achieved the fame some of his students did. He was called “Le Grand Dupré”, and “God of the Dance”. It is said that Casanova was one of his admirers.

 Dupré was touted for his grace and style. Even in his sixties, he performed and was admired for his physique and style. He received his training from the Paris Opera Ballet and made his official debut  there. He went on to perform and teach in London, Dresden and at the Polish cour as well as in Paris. Until 1743 he was in charge of the Paris Opera Ballet school, and this is where he trained Noverre as well as Vestris and others.

Dupré died in 1774.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid #106:  
Louis Dupré was a French dancer of the 1700s known for his grace and style.”

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