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Can you name the key figures in the history of ballet?

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(1519-1589) Queen of France, brought Italian court dancing to the French courts
(1638-1715) French King, founded L'Academie Royal de Danse (Paris Opera Ballet) first ever ballet school
(1727-1810) Creator of Ballet d'action in Paris (at the same time as Weaver in London, Weavers however, did not take off)
(1804-1884) Revolutionised female ballet technique with pointe work and danced in La Sylphide, one of the first major ballets, that is still performed today
(1818-1910) French dancer and choreographer, danced with Russian Imperial Ballet of St Petersburg then went on to choreograph for them. Creator of Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake
(1840-1893) Russian composer, composed the music for The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty
(1872-1929) Founder of the Ballet Russes. Brought ballet back to Europe
(1881-1931) Former dancer of the Ballet Russes, left to be the first Ballerina to tour the world
(1888-1982) Former dancer of the Ballet Russes, founder of the Rambert Dance Company and school
(1890-1950) Former member of the Ballet Russes, choreographed L'Apres-midi d'un faune
(1898-2001) Founder of the Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet School
(1904-1983) Member of the Ballet Russes. Later established American Ballet and co-founded New York City Ballet
(190401988) Artistic Director of the Royal Ballet from 1963-1970, choreographed Symphonic Variations
(1904-1983) Former dancer of the Ballet Russes. Co-founder of the English National Ballet and school
(1910-2004) Former dancer of the Ballet Russes, Prima Ballerina Assoluta with the Royal Ballet, co-founder of the English National Ballet School
(1919-1991) Dancer with the Royal Ballet, appointed Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the company by Queen Elizabeth II. President of the Royal Academy of Dance from 1954-1991
(1938-1993) Famously defected from Russia to pursue ballet in the West, famous partnership with Fonteyn, went on to Artistically Direct the Paris Opera Ballet
(1948-) Dancer and choreographer for American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet
(1969-) Prima Ballerina of the Royal Ballet from 1988-2007
(1965-) Ballerina with Paris Opera Ballet from 1984-1989 then famous for choosing to work independently away from any particular companies
(1973-) Cuban ballet dancer, principal guest artist with the Royal Ballet allowing him to work with many other companies around the world

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