Maud Allan


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(b Canada, 27 Aug. 1873; d Los Angeles, 7 Oct. 1956)

Canadian dancer. She studied music and fine art and became interested in movement through an enthusiasm for reviving the dance forms of ancient Greece. In 1903 she made her debut in Vienna in The Vision of Salome (mus. Marcel Rémy) in a daringly revealing costume, shocking many in the climax where she kissed John the Baptist's severed head. She danced mostly barefoot and toured around the world, finally settling in England where she taught in her own school (1928–40). She wrote My Life and Dancing (London and New York, 1908).

Subjects: Dance.

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