Fanny Bias


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(b Paris, 3 Jun. 1789; d Paris, 6 Sept. 1825)

French dancer. After training at the Paris Opera Ballet School, she joined the company in 1807, eventually becoming a grand sujet (first-soloist). She danced in London in 1821, where the manager of the King's Theatre, John Ebers, described her ‘beautiful little half steps, which, more than any other, correspond to the epithet twinkling’. She is remembered today for being one of the first dancers to be shown on pointe, a historic moment captured in a lithograph by Waldeck in 1821. Ill health forced her to retire and she died at the age of 36.

Subjects: Dance.

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