Charles-Louis Didelot was born in Stockholm, Sweden back in 1767. His father Charles was the dance master to the King of Sweden. He studied in Paris with Jean Dauberval before moving to London to study with Jean-Georges Noverre in 1788.
In 1801, at the invitation of the Russian Imperial ballet he arrived in Saint Petersburg to be the director of the Imperial Theatres and a dancer. His dancing career ended in 1806 following an accident. He died in Kiev in 1837 he was 70.
What you may not know about Charles is that he was the creator/inventor of the ballet shoes. In his time at Kiev he delivered 40 full ballets raising the Russian ballet to unprecedented heights.
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