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Synonyms for dancing-master

a professional teacher of dancing

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Every Drawer or Embroider, nay, (almost) each Dancing-Master, (my emphasis) may pretend to such niceties.
Beyond that, much of what has been written about the Priest family, and Josias in particular, poses problems of interpretation which seem to boil down to two key questions: was Josias Priest the dancing-master the same person as Joseph Priest the choreographer, and how did the rest of the family stand in relation to the activities of Josias and Joseph?
1) (And a few are beginning to make the even more precarious assumption that any late Stuart dancing-master named Priest must be Josias.
The parish records of St Andrew Holborn, as well as noting Josias Priest, also refer to a dancing-master named George Priest and Katherine his wife who lived in the parish between about 1678 and the 1690s.
Also in Holborn, Josias's son Thomas, born at the house in Fetter Lane, and baptized 12 March 1670/71, became a dancing-master, removed to Chelsea at much the same time as his parents, and lived near them until his wife died in childbirth in March 1709/10 and he either moved away from Chelsea or possibly moved in with Josias and Franck.
28) Josias Priest (if it was he) fits well into this group: he was well known as a teacher; he was of the right age group and indeed might have recently retired in 1711; he was precisely the sort of dancing-master to have composed a dance for 12 young ladies at Chelsea; and he appears (as do all the other contributors) in the subscription list to Pemberton's volume.
throughout the collection suggests that Thomas wrote the music rather than devised the dances in the examples attributed to him, but since he was also known as a dancing-master (his name appears among the `List of Dancing-Masters' subscribing to John Weaver's Collection of Ball-Dances .
If so, he enjoyed a lengthy career beginning at least in 1667 with a performance with Moll Davies in Sir Martin Mar-All and a subsequent involvement in the court masque Calisto in 1675; he taught dance in Holborn and Leicester Fields during the 1670s; in 1680 he moved to Chelsea, where he put on performances of operas for Blow and Purcell, for at least some of which he might have made the dances, and also produced choreographies for productions in the commercial theatre; in 1699 he himself danced in Clarke's Island Princess at Drury Lane, and continued a respected dancing-master until his retirement some time between C-1711 and his death in 1735, when he must have been in his 80s.
IT has long been assumed, and frequently stated in print, that one of the leading dancing-masters of late 17th-century London was Josias Priest of Chelsea, choreographer of Henry Purcell's semi-operas and of masques and other staged works by his contemporaries.
An alternative scenario is that Josias and Joseph were different people, Joseph the performer and theatrical choreographer, working sometimes with relatives who were dancing-masters, one of whom (Josias) hosted operas by Blow and Purcell at his school but perhaps did no more than provide the venue and a cast of young ladies.
Dancing-masters were often trained in engraving techniques, which they used as a means of reproducing their notated dances; a well-known example being F.
Of Pemberton's other contributors, Mr Caverley was one of the most respected dancing-masters in London, to whom Edmund Pemberton, John Weaver and Kellom Tomlinson (Caverley's apprentice, 1706-14) all dedicated some of their works, and whom John Essex described in 1728 as still teaching with great alertness even in old age; and Mr Groscourt included among his pupils Colley Cibber's rather colourful daughter Charlotte Charke, if her memoirs are to be believed.
William Lawes and Simon Ives were the main composers here, but there were others, including the two French dancing-masters 'Mr De Noe' and 'Mr Sebastian' (Etienne Nau and Sebastian La Pierre), who composed and choreographed most of the dances (though Davis Mell appears as another composer of dance-tunes in the same masque).