(Antoine [?] de l'Abbé; born in France, died after 1738), dancer, dancing master, choreographer. L'Abbé was already renowned as a theatrical dancer in Paris when Thomas Betterton brought him to Lincoln's Inn Fields theater in London in 1698. His early appearance before the king, with his compatriot Claude Ballon, signaled his immediate success in the English court. Betterton allegedly became jealous of L'Abbé's popularity: an anonymous satirist wrote in 1702, “Yet nothing will our modern plays enhance, but Dame Ragou, L'Abbé or Ladder Dance.”
From The International Encyclopedia of Dance in Oxford Reference.