Clara Vestris Webster


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(b Bath, 1821; d London, 17 Dec. 1844)

British dancer. She studied in Bath with her father Benjamin Webster (who had himself studied with Vestris, hence her middle name) and in 1830 made her debut at the Theatre Royal, Bath, in a pas de deux with her brother, Arthur Webster. In 1836 she went to London where she danced at the Haymarket and subsequently went on to dance in Dublin, Liverpool, and Manchester. She was one of the first British dancers to perform the cachucha and the tyrolienne (which she danced with her brother) and might have become an outstanding Romantic ballerina had she not died after her costume caught fire during a performance of The Revolt of the Harem at Drury Lane Theatre.

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