Friderica Derra de Moroda


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(b Pozsony (Bratislava), Hungary, 2 Jun. 1897; d Salzburg, 19 Jun. 1978)

Greek-British dancer, teacher, ballet mistress, and writer. She studied in Munich and toured parts of Europe as a recital dancer before coming to London in 1913 to dance in music hall and pantomimes. She studied with Cecchetti, becoming co-founder of the Cecchetti Society and revising the Cecchetti Manual in 1932 with Craske and Beaumont. She arranged dances for Glyndebourne and Sadler's Wells Operas and in Berlin founded and directed the KDF Ballet (1940–4). After the war she founded a school in Salzburg where she taught until 1967. She was an international authority on 18th-century dance notation and Cecchetti.

Subjects: Dance.

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