Auguste Vestris

Marie-Jean-Augustin Vestris, known as Auguste Vestris (March 27, 1760 – December 5, 1842) was a French dancer.

Born in Paris as the illegitimate son of Gaétan Vestris and of Marie Allard, he was dubbed “le dieu de la danse”, (The god of dance), a popular title bestowed on the leading male dancer of each generation (previous ‘Gods of the Dance’ included his father Gaétan). He made his debut in a divertissement “La Cinquantaine” (written by Desfontaines-Lavallée) in 1772 and was immediately recognized for his talent. He became a soloist in 1776 and premiere dancer in 1778.