(born c.1680, died February 1744), English dancer, writer, and dancing master. Nothing is known of Essex's early life and training, but in the early 1700s he was appearing as a dancer at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and probably teaching dancing and music as well. In 1703 Christopher Rich, the owner of the Drury Lane, dropped him as a dancer after a dispute involving an appeal to the lord chamberlain. Essex then retired from the stage and concentrated on writing and establishing his fashionable practice as a dancing master.
From The International Encyclopedia of Dance in Oxford Reference.