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Petipa's name


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#1 pbl

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 06:06 AM

Did Marius Petipa's family make up the family name as a stage name? It is so close to "little steps" that I can't help but wonder. This must be covered somewhere on the web, but my search hasn't brought up an answer. Thank you.

 

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#2 Helene

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:05 AM

I don't see anywhere on the web (without subscription) that suggests that Petipa's father, also a dancer, changed the family name.  However, the article on Jean-Antoine Petipa in the "Oxford Dictionary of Dance," which I don't have at hand, would likely say so if he did.



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 12:01 PM

No mention of a name change in the Oxford dictionary (or at least in the 1982 edition).  And no mention of a name change in the International Encyclopedia of Dance, which cites a Lillian Moore monograph in the May 1942 edition of Dance Index.



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Posted 02 July 2013 - 12:38 PM

It just seems to be a stretch that a family of dancers would coincidentally have a name so close to "little steps"



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Posted 02 July 2013 - 12:43 PM

No stranger than a name like Millepied! Though I don't know about his family - innocent.gif



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Posted 02 July 2013 - 04:23 PM

I always liked Patricia Nearhoof.  And Lucas Threefoot.



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Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:18 PM

Having been a former dancer, I was amused to find out that one of my ancestors last name was Lightfoot.




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