Jean Dauberval

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Dauberval around 1790

Jean Bercher , called Dauberval (born August 19, 1742 in Montpellier , † February 14, 1806 in Tours ) was a French dancer and choreographer .

He studied at the Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris with Jean Georges Noverre , and in 1761 was appointed Premier Danseur de demi-caractère (see subject ). He made his debut in Zaïs with Gardel in the lead role. He was a member of the Académie royale de musique . In 1770 he was appointed Danseur Noble .

He became ballet master and deputy to Maximilien Gardels , but left Paris in 1783 to take a position as ballet master in Bordeaux . He was the teacher of Carlo Blasis , Salvatore Viganò and Charles-Louis Didelot . Between 1785 and 1791 he brought out several ballets in Bordeaux, including Il n 'est qu' un pas du mal au bien (1789), which was later performed under the title La Fille mal gardée and, after numerous revisions, became one of the last ballets from the 18th century to the present day.

Dauberval was married to the dancer Marie-Madeleine Crépé , known as Mll.e Théodore.