Price Family

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A Danish theatrical family started by an English circus rider and pantomime artist, James Price (1761–1805), who settled in Copenhagen. The family produced dancers, mime artists, actors, circus performers, and music hall artists up until the beginning of the 20th century. Juliette Price (1831–1906), his granddaughter, was a leading Danish ballerina and a great favourite of Bournonville, who often cast her in his ballets. She was also the first Danish Giselle. Her brother, Waldemar Price (1836–1908), joined the Royal Danish Ballet in 1857 and became the leading premier danseur of his day. Their cousin, Julius Price (1833–93), made his career as a dancer in Vienna, where he was the first solo dancer of the Vienna Court Opera (1855–93) and notched up almost 2,500 performances. Ellen Price (1878–1968), the great-niece of Juliette and Waldemar, was a soloist with the Royal Danish Ballet (1903–12), and created the title role in Beck's The Little Mermaid (1909).

Subjects: Dance.

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