Postcard of the week ending
Saturday, 25 July 2009

Anne Dancrey (fl. late 19th/early 20th Century),
Parisian dancer and singer

Anne Dancrey

Anne Dancrey

(photo: W. & Downey, London, probably 1904)

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.'
(Licensed Victuallers' Mirror, London, Friday, 10 June 1904, p. 3b)

'Anne Dancrey.
'The lissom Mdlle. Anne, who first brought the ''Matchiche'' to town [i.e. London], is once more at the Alhambra [Leicester Square] managing her voluminous skirts with Parisian skill. The upper portion of her dress fits with the exactness of a glove; it is only below the hips that the divette blossoms into a foam of rosy ''dessous.'' As she catches up her skirts and sings the refrain of ''L'Américaine,'' one is aware amidst the rosy clouds that her hose are of violet, and for a fraction of a second one can swear that one of her garters is of pink. Then the clouds of rosy lace cover once again the shapeliness of the violet visions. She is a most capable chanteuse is the dark and delightful Anne, sings the march ''Chant de Gloire'' with fire and determination, dances through ''L'Américaine,'' and puts tenderness and emotion as well as a soupçon of the delirium of the dance into the watlz ''Hosanna d'Amour,'' which has been a big Parisian success this year. The entente cordiale as represented by Mlle. Anne Dancrey is much to my liking, and I shall support it by going to see her again and sitting in the front row of the stalls.'
(The Sporting Times, London, Saturday, 15 September 1906, p. 2b)

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