Marie Bonfanti
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Marie Bonfanti
Marie Bonfanti, from a 1909 publication.

Marie Bonfanti (1845-1921) was a 19th-century ballet dancer whose New York City debut came at Niblo's Garden on Monday, September 10, 1866.[1] She then was the prima ballerina in The Black Crook at the same theatre, which premièred two days later. She appeared in Sylvia by Léo Delibes at the Metropolitan Alcazar concert hall on July 15, 1882.[2] In August 1901, Bonfanti performed with Rita Sangalli at the Metropolitan Opera House, during the inaugural season of ballet at the New York City venue.[3] Her talent for expressionist dancing and her private life were covered widely from the mid-1860s until the early 20th century.

Among her students (for a short period of time) were Ruth Saint Denis and Isadora Duncan.

Bonfanti was born in Italy.[4] She was married to George Hoffman, whose father George I. Hoffman, was sued by Jay Cooke, McCullough & Co., in the New York Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, in December 1876. The court proceedings dealt with a loan of $3,300 made to the younger Hoffman by his father.[5]


  1. ^ "Amusements", The New York Times, September 10, 1866, p. 5.
  2. ^ "Amusements", New York Times, July 16, 1882, pg. 6.
  3. ^ "Revival of the Ballet", The New York Times, September 1, 1901, p. SM3.
  4. ^ Kassing, Gayle (2013). Beginning Ballet With Web Resource. Human Kinetics. p. 132. ISBN 9781450402491.
  5. ^ "The Bonfanti Romance", The New York Times, December 31, 1876, p. 5.

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