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an African-American dancer active in the 1840s. He was one of the first black performers in the United States to play onstage for white audiences and the only one of the era to tour with a white minstrel group. As a teenager, he began his career in the rough saloons and dance halls of Manhattan's Five Points neighborhood, moving on to minstrel shows in the mid-1840s. "Master Juba" frequently challenged and defeated the best white dancers, including the period favorite, John Diamond. At the height of his American career, Juba's act featured a sequence in which he imitated a series of famous dancers of the day and closed by performing in his own style.
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Master Juba1825 ca1840
 
18491852 ca

Thomas Moore1779, May 281795
 
18461852, Feb 25
 an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of The Min...
Afong Moy1819 ca1834
 
1850unknown
 the first female Chinese immigrant to the United States. In 1834, Moy was brought from her hometo...
Country McCleesterunknown1841
 
1850unknown
 an American bare-knuckle boxer and sportsman involved in the early history of pugilism and prize ...
John Diamond18231840
 
18551857, Oct 20
 an Irish-American dancer and blackface minstrel performer. Diamond entered show business at age 1...
Jules Perrot1810, Aug 181830
 
18581892, Aug 29
 a dancer and choreographer who later became Balletmaster of the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg...
Stephen C. Massettunknown1840
 
1869unknown
 San Francisco's first entertainer, Stephen C. Massett, was the true Bohemian type. He was an arti...
Dion Boucicault1820/22, Dec 261834
 
18851890, Sep 18
 an Irish actor and playwright famed for his melodramas. His first play, A Legend of the Devil'...
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