André Isidore Carey

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André Isidore Carey (c. 1790, Paris – ?) was a French ballet dancer. A student of Auguste Vestris, he arrived in Stockholm in 1815 as premier danseur in the Royal Swedish Ballet until 1823. He débuted in December 1815 in La Fille mal gardée by Jean Dauberval, choreographed by Jean-Baptiste Brulo and with a company also including Sophie Daguin.

In 1820, he succeeded Filippo Taglioni as ballet master and dance director. Leaving Sweden in 1823, Carey danced in Milan and Naples in 1828/29, Moscow in 1838 and finally setting up home in Amsterdam, where he was partner to Madame Montessu. His date of retirement is unknown. For a long while he corresponded with August Bournonville[1] who was teaching Carey's sons Gustave and Édouard.

He married the French ballerina Josephine Sainte-Claire in Stockholm in 1821[2]


  1. ^ This correspondence is held at the New York Public Library, in the legacy from Jerome Robbins.
  2. ^ Fredrik August Dahlgren (in Swedish): Förteckning öfver svenska skådespel uppförda på Stockholms theatrar 1737–1863 och Kongl. Theatrarnes personal 1773–1863. Med flera anteckningar.
Preceded by
Louis Deland
Director of the Royal Swedish Ballet
Succeeded by
Giovanni Battista Ambrosiani