Claude Balon

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A print of Balon depicted as a harlequin or jester

Claude Balon (also Ballon, often incorrectly named Jean; 1671–1744)[1] was a French dancer and choreographer. The ballet term ballon is sometimes said to be derived from his name, but Robert Greskovic calls this "dubious".[2] Balon danced under the tutelage of the balletmaster Pierre Beauchamp at the Paris Opera. Marie Sallé is identified as a student of Balon's.[3]


  1. ^ Kassing, Gayle. History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach. Human Kinetics. p. 99.
  2. ^ Robert Greskovic. Ballet 101, 2005.
  3. ^ Highfill, Phillip H. (1991). A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians ..., Volume 13. Southern Illinois University Press. p. 181.