Saint-Léon, Arthur

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Saint-Léon, Arthur Gender: M
Charles Victor Arthur Michel
born on 17 September 1821 at 15:00 (= 3:00 PM )
Place Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20
Timezone LMT m2e20 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 24°21' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 12°03 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 11°10'

Arthur Saint-Léon (Photo by Bruno Braquehais, Paris, circa 1865)


French choreographer and artistic director, the Maître de Ballet of St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet from 1859 until 1869, who is famous for creating the choreography of the ballet Coppélia.

Saint-Léon is famous also because he invented a method of ballet notation described in the book, La Sténochoréographie, ou Art d'écrire promptement la danse, published in 1852. It is the first method of choreographic notation which documented not only the feet but also the movements of the arms, torso and the head.

He died on 2 September 1870 in Paris.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Relationship : Marriage 1845 (Fanny Cerrito)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from Letters from a ballet-master: the correspondence of Arthur Saint-Léon by Ivor Forbes Guest (Dance Books, 1981), p. 8: "Saint-Leon was born in Paris on 17th September 1821, and since there has been some confusion about this fact it may be appropriate to quote his birth certificate in full: 19th September 1821 ... Sieur Leon Michel, artist of the Academie Royale de Musique, aged 44 years, residing at 21 rue St. Marc, who produced to us a child of the male sex whom he declared had been born at No. 11 Allee des Veuves on the 17th instant at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, to him and to Dame Adele Josephine Nicolau, his wife, residing as above, to which child he has given the forenames of Charles Victor Arthur."


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Dancer/ Teacher (Ballet dancer, choreographer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Paris Opera Ballet artistic director)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Dance)