(b Paris, 24 Mar. 1718; d Paris, 29 Mar. 1786)
French dancer, choreographer, and ballet master. He was son of the ballet master Jean Lany and became solo dancer at the Paris Opera in 1740. In 1743 he went to Berlin where he choreographed several ballets in which Noverre danced. In 1747 he returned to Paris Opera as dancer then ballet master, and choreographed the first productions of several Rameau operas including Platée and Zoroastre (both 1749) and Les Paladins (1760). Noverre wrote admiringly of the musicality and vivacity of Lany's dancing, but he was considered to lack originality as a choreographer. In 1773 and 1775 he worked in Turin and London, then became a teacher in Paris where his pupils included Gardel and Dauberval. He was brother of Louise-Madeleine Lany.