Biography of Harcourt Algenaroff (1903-1967)

Dancer, choreographer and ballet master British, born in London in 1903 and died in Robinvale (Australia) on April 7, 1967, whose real name was Harcourt Essex character.

He studied in his hometown with Nicolai Legat and Lubov Tchernicheva, and made his debut with the company of Anna Pavlova in 1921. It remained as a soloist for ten years, after which joined the Markova-Dolin Ballet, International Ballet and the Ballets Russes de Colonel de Basil, where he/she became especially famous for his interpretation of the role of the astrologer in the ballet Le Coq d'Or (1937), Mikhail Fokine. From 1954, he/she settled in Australia as a dancer, teacher and choreographer of the Borovansky Ballet and the Australian child theatre. He/She participated actively in the development of ballet in Australia from its position as teacher at the National School of dance. He/She also led his own study of ballet, where he/she taught oriental dance, classical ballet and character. He/She was married to the dancer Claudie Leonard. Author of My Years with Pavlova (London, 1957).