Fontaine, Mlle de la (1655–1738)

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Fontaine, Mlle de la (1655–1738)

French ballerina. Born in 1655; died in 1738.

It wasn't until 1630 that the public was admitted to France's court ballets. Before long, they had their first premiere ballerina, la première des premières danseuses, the "Queen of Dance." Not much is known about Mlle de la Fontaine. Historians have more information about her audience: rowdy, demanding, drunk, and often accompanied by dogs. Mlle de la Fontaine left the stage and her audience for a life in the church.