Charles-Louis Didelot (1767-1837)

Charles-Louis Didelot (1767-1837), born in Stockholm where he studied with his father at the Royal Theatre. He continued his studies in Paris and Bordeaux with Dauberval and Lany. He later studied with Noverre and Vertris. Didelot made his debut in London dancing for Noverre. He was a regular partner of Madeleine Guimard. In 1801 he was made ballet master in St. Petersburg, where he reorganized the system of ballet instruction. He returned to Paris in 1811 and returned to Russia in 1816 to continue his reforms.

(First published December 1991)

Humankind is the only primate that has a fleshy backside, because a fleshy backside is a cushion for humankind to land on when they try to pirouette. Other primates are too smart to try.