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#1 kirovgal

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Posted 21 September 2001 - 02:33 PM

Does anyone know who Henry Danton was? He's my teacher, and he's not very well known in today's time, but in the 40's and 50's he was quite famous....consider this a scavenger hunt for info, if you have time to surf the net and stuff....I'll letcha know if you're right!
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#2 Mel Johnson

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Posted 21 September 2001 - 10:26 PM

Henry Danton was a Principal Dancer of the Sadler's Wells Ballet, and one of the originators of "Symphonic Variations". His name comes up from time to time on Ballet History and Dancers. Run a search using his name.

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Posted 23 September 2001 - 12:37 PM

Wow! I didn't think anyone would be interested in this! Do you know Mr. Danton personally? Just wondering. I can't find the earlier posts about Mr. Danton. I tried searching, but it only gave me this.

#4 Mel Johnson

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Posted 23 September 2001 - 01:13 PM

Did you check the "Dancers" forum in the General discussion? And there was a post not all that long ago on Adult Ballet Students. As to knowing Mr. Danton, I have not had the honor.

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Posted 24 September 2001 - 12:18 PM

Chujoy's Dance Encyclopedia lists the following about Henry Danton:

(real name, Henry Down), dancer b. Bedford, England, 1919. Educated at Wellington College and Royal Military Academy (Woolrich). After three and a half years in military service started to study dance (1940) with Judith Espinosa, Vera Volkova, Victor Gsovsky, Egorova, Kniasief, Rosanne. Soloist "International Ballet" (1942-43) dancing Prince (Swan Lake), Les Sylphides; Sadler's Wells Ballet (1943-46), dancing Florestan (Sleeping Beauty), The Rake's Progress, Les Patineurs, pas de trois from Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, etc. Created Dragonfly (Spider's Banquet), role in Symphonic Variations. Left Sadler's Wells in 1946 to continue studies in Paris. Has also appeared with small ballet companies.


This Encyclopedia was published in 1949.

#6 kirovgal

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Posted 24 September 2001 - 01:34 PM

Yep! That's him! Thanks alot! It shows that a wonderful teacher's name isn't lost after all! :P

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 11:26 AM

Does anyone know who Henry Danton was? He's my teacher, and he's not very well known in today's time, but in the 40's and 50's he was quite famous....consider this a scavenger hunt for info, if you have time to surf the net and stuff....I'll letcha know if you're right!
:D :P


Henry Danton taught in NY in the 1960's and perhaps early70's. Where is he now? He was an absolutely pivotal model in many young dancers' development. I would love to be able to communicate that to him. He instilled great love for dance and absolute stoicism en pointe--no foam, no lambswool between your toes and the floor.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 03:09 PM

he is, to the best of my information, working now with BALLET THEATRE OF SCRANTON (in PA) and working on a staging of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY for this group. he's also teaching somewhere in OH.

#9 Mel Johnson

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 05:22 AM

And if for some reason, you need to remember the original cast of "Symphonic Variations", sing the names to the opening theme of the music: "Margot Fon-teyn, Moira Shear-er, Michael SOMES, Brian SHAW, Henry DAN-ton. (new phrase) and PAM-ela May...."

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 06:46 PM

Yes he is teaching with ballet Theatr of Scranton on Mondays, then teaching for Toledo Classical Ballet in Oh Wed-Fri. He is still very active and an inspiration to all who take classes with him. He just finished staging The Sleeping Beauty for BTS, and will be working with TCB on their Swan Lake and Paquita.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 06:53 PM

And if for some reason, you need to remember the original cast of "Symphonic Variations", sing the names to the opening theme of the music: "Margot Fon-teyn, Moira Shear-er, Michael SOMES, Brian SHAW, Henry DAN-ton. (new phrase) and PAM-ela May...."



Exactly what Alastair Macaulay said! :smilie_mondieu:

#12 Mel Johnson

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 06:57 PM

And as Igor Stravinsky said: "Since you're going to steal anyway, steal from the best!" :smilie_mondieu:

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 09:33 AM

the attached scan is not unfamiliar from books but this is the first photo print i've seen (other than postcard fotos) of the first cast of SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS - Danton is the first on the left in the line-up beyond the standing figure of Fonteyn, which would, i guess, qualify him as her 'partner' in ashton's scheme.

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 11:18 PM

He doesn't seem to have much turnout in his right leg, even compared to everyone else. What year was this photo taken?

#15 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 08:24 AM

I'd say you'd have to know more about how this picture was taken, whether it was posed or in motion, and whether he was totally in sync with everyone else before being able to make a statement about his turnout.


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