Marie Allard

(b. 1742)

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(b Marseilles, 14 Aug. 1742 (some sources say 1738); d Paris, 14 Jan. 1802)

French dancer. She is now famous for being the mother of Auguste Vestris (the result of a brief liaison with G. Vestris), but she was also a very popular dancer. Petite and piquant, she excelled in comic and character roles. She made her debut in Marseilles around 1752 and was prima ballerina at the Lyons Opera House (1754–6). She later danced at the Paris Opera (1761–81) where she appeared in many ballets, including the premiere of Mozart and Noverre's Les Petits Riens (1778). She is thought to have choreographed several of her own divertissements and entrées. She retired after several pregnancies had caused her to become too plump for public taste.

Subjects: Dance.

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