Madamoiselle Adelina Genee.[Drummer Girl.]
Photograph with signature. Sheet 216 x 228mm. 8½ x 9". Cut.
Dame Adeline Genée (1878-1970) was a Danish/British ballet dancer. Her dancing career started as a young girl in her uncle's touring company from the age of 10. In 1895, she became the principal dancer at the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen, and in 1896 she danced with the Berlin Court Opera Ballet and the Munich Opera Ballet. In 1897 she moved to the England and stared at the Ballet of the Empire Theatre in London, where she was later offered the position of Prima Ballerina. After much success in London she sailed to the USA in 1907 to perform at the New York Theatre, and the producer, Florenz Ziegfeld, described her on the posters as "The World's Greatest Dancer." She then chose to spend many years alternating between a season in London and one in New York; however in 1913 she performed in Melbourne and Sydney, where she later embarked on a sixteen-week tour of Australia. In 1916 when she returned to London, she gave her last major performance at the Coliseum, but it was her last performance there in 1933, that marked the change when the theatre turned from a music hall into an opera house. In 1923 she was awarded the Order of the "Ingenu et Arti" by the King of Denmark and in 1950 she became a Dame of the British Empire. She similarly gave her name to the Genee Theatre in East Grinstead and the Genée Studio in the Royal Academy of Dance, Battersea, London.
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