14 Facts About Adeline Genée


Adeline Genee's debut was with her uncle's touring company at the age of ten in Oslo .

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Adeline Genee's was so admired for her classical style in that ballet, that she was offered the position of prima ballerina at the Empire, and stayed there for ten years.

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Empire's ballets were mostly choreographed by Katti Lanner, but Adeline Genee supplied much of her own choreography, in conjunction with her uncle Alexandre.

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Adeline Genee did much to raise the status of ballet by reviving earlier productions and creating an audience for more elaborate works.

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Adeline Genee's was versatile enough to dance light musical hall roles and in more severe classical roles.

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From April 1905, Adeline Genee danced in 400 performances of the musical play The Little Michus at Daly's Theatre.

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In November 1907, Adeline Genee sailed to the USA to perform in The Soul Kiss at the New York Theatre.

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Several years, Genee alternated between a season in London and one in America, although after her marriage to Frank S N Isitt in 1910 she gradually reduced the frequency of her appearances.

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In 1923, Adeline Genee was awarded the Ingenio et Arti medal by the King of Denmark.

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Adeline Genee became a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1950.

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Adeline Genee's gave her name to the Adeline Genee Theatre in East Grinstead and the Genee studio in the Royal Academy of Dance, Battersea, London.

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In 1920, Adeline Genee collaborated with Philip Richardson of the Dancing Time magazine, with the aim of improving the standard of dance and the teaching of dance in the United Kingdom.

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In 1953, Adeline Genee instituted the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award.

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Adeline Genee's was President of the Academy until her retirement in 1954, when she was succeeded by Dame Margot Fonteyn.

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