(b Paris, probably 1676 or 1677; d Paris, 6 Aug. 1739)
French dancer, choreographer and teacher. He played an important role in the early development of dance in Paris. He was the nephew and pupil of Beauchamps and joined the Paris Opera in the 1690s, where he performed in ballets and operas by Lully and Campra. In 1729, already established as the leading danseur noble of his day, he became compositeur des ballets de l'Académie Royale de Musique (dance director of the Paris Opera). His best-known work was Les Amours des déesses (mus. Quinault, 1729). As a teacher, his students included Sallé and Camargo.