French, Ruth (b. 1906)

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French, Ruth (b. 1906)

English ballet dancer and teacher. Born 1906 in London, England.

Performed in revues at London's Hippodrome; danced secondary ballerina roles with Anna Pavlova's company, including Myrthe in Ivan Clustine's choreography of Giselle and the Blue Bird pas de deux in Pavlova's The Sleeping Beauty at Hippodrome in NY (1917); performed in NY in Mikhail Fokine's The Frolicking Gods and appeared in Ziegfeld Follies of 1922; returned to England where she founded numerous ballet schools and choreographed; published well-known textbooks, First Steps in Ballet (1934), Intermediate Steps (1947), and Advanced Steps (1950).

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