Louise-Madeleine Lany


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(b Paris, 1733; d Paris, 1777)

French dancer, daughter of ballet master Jean Lany and sister of dancer and teacher Jean-Barthélemy Lany. She studied with her brother and made her debut at the Opéra Comique in 1743, appearing at the Paris Opera in 1747 where she remained until 1767 as one of its most brilliant virtuosos. She is said to have been the first female dancer to execute an entrechat six and huit. But although Noverre reckoned her ‘the leading dancer in the world’ by virtue of her ‘beauty, precision, and daring’ her reputation has since been eclipsed by Sallé's.

Subjects: Dance.

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