(bc.1690; d Dec. 1774)
French dancer, choreographer, and ballet master. He studied at the Paris Opera school and may have appeared in the company as a child before making his official adult debut in 1714. Known as Le Grand Dupré and admired for his elegant physique and noble dancing, he did not retire from his position as premier danseur until 1751 and continued dancing into his sixties. For a few years he also lived and worked in London; he presented a group of students at Lincoln's Inn Fields and also at theatres in Dresden and Warsaw. He staged several works for the Paris Opera and for the Opéra Comique and until 1743 was director of the Opera's ballet school where Vestris and Noverre were among his pupils. Casanova admired his dancing in his Mémoires.