Anne Dancrey (fl. late 19th/early 20th Century),
Parisian dancer and singer
This real photograph postcard of Anne Dancrey, probably dating from 1904, was published in London by the Rotary Photographic Co Ltd in its Rotary Photographic Series, no. 457 A. She made the first of several visits to London in 1904; the following year (11 December) she appeared in Charles Wilson's ballet, Parisiana, the first edition of which also featured the French mine and dancer, Jane May in a sketch, and the second the American eccentric dancer, La Sylphe. Anne Dancrey also travelled in 1913 to the Unites States to appear in The Passing Show of 1913 at the Winter Garden, New York.
'A typical produce of fair Lutetia is Mlle. Anne Drancrey, who on Monday made her first appearance in England at the Alhambra [Leicester Square, London]. The lady is an established favourite in her own Paris, and took a leading part in last season's Revue at the FoliesçBergère. Clad in a dress covered with passementerie that shimmered and scintillated in the limelight's gleam, Dancrey made a charming picture. But her personal attractions are not her only claims to popularity. She sings with an archness, an intelligence and a finish that are essentially Parisian and intensely pleasing. After assuming a huge hat, she dashes into a dance that plainly shows she possesses striking subtleness of limb. The new arrival was cordially received.'
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© John Culme, 2009