Gaetan Vestris

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Noun1.Gaetan Vestris - Italian dancing-master for Louis XVI who was considered the greatest dancer of his day; he was the first to discard the mask in mime (1729-1808)
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Her middle name was homage to one of her father's teachers, Gaetano Vestris. Young Clara had moved to top billing and rave reviews when her costume caught fire during a performance at Drury Lane in 1844.
It is fascinating that every classic ballet dancer, even every tiny student, can trace his or her lineage directly, teacher from teacher, to the eighteeth-century Gaetano Vestris and his son, the great Auguste Vestris.