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Celeste, Mme. (06 August 1810–18 February 1882), performer and theater manager, , also known as Mlle. Celeste and Celine Celeste, was born Anastasie Céleste des Rousselles in Marcilly sur Compagne, France, the daughter of Jeanne Marie de Rousselles, a couturière, and Jean Christophe Keppler, a stocking maker. Celeste studied at the Académie de Musique in Paris and also performed in children’s roles at the Paris Opéra, eventually assuming minor corps and pantomime roles....

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Durang, John (06 January 1768–29 March 1822), dancer, choreographer, and theatrical entrepreneur, was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the son of Jacob Durang, a physician, and Joeann Catharine Arter, who had emigrated from Strasbourg, France, in 1767. Settling first in York, the family moved to Philadelphia in 1778. America’s first native-born theatrical dancer of prominence, Durang was influenced in his youth by Louis Roussell, a French dancer and teacher. In his memoirs he states that he emulated Roussell’s “pigeon wing” and learned the correct way of dancing a hornpipe “in the French stile [ ...