Charles Durang

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Charles Durang
Born(1794-12-04)December 4, 1794
DiedFebruary 15, 1870(1870-02-15) (aged 75)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
OccupationFirst native-born American professional dancer

Charles Durang (December 4, 1794–1870) was an American dancer.


Charles Durang was born in Philadelphia on December 4, 1794, the son of John Durang, the first native-born American professional dancer. Charles made his first appearance in the Chestnut Street Theater at the age of 7 in 1803, and subsequently performed in almost every theater in the United States. He was actor, author, stage manager, prompter, ballet master, and finally opened a dancing academy. He was the author of a "History of the Philadelphia Stage from 1752 to 1854," which appeared serially in the Philadelphia Journal.

Durang died in Philadelphia, February 15, 1870.