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Giuseppina “Peerless” Morlacchi (1843 - July 25, 1886) was an Italian-American ballerina who introduced the French Can-Can to the American stage.  Giuseppinawas born in Milan and attended dance school at La Scala theatre where she studied with Carlo Blasis and Augusto Hus. She became a well-known dancer in Europe at a very young age. In Lisbon, she met artist and manager John DePol who convinced her to go with him to America. In October 1867, she made her American debut at Banvard's Museum in New York City, performing The Devil's Auction (more)

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