1636 - Born in Versailles, France. French ballet dancer and teacher whose contributions to the development of ballet include the definition of the five basic positions of the feet.
1661 - Beauchamp was appointed director of the Académie Royale de Danse.
1672 - Under the composer Jean-Baptiste Lully became a part of the Académie Royale de Musique, now called the Paris Opéra.
- Beauchamp was noted for his dignified style and for his technique, particularly his pirouettes, as a dancer.
- Pierre Rameau credits Beauchamp with the codification of the five positions of the feet.
1681 - Appeared as Louis XIV's female partner in Lully's ballet Le Triomphe de l'amour.
- Considered the first choreographer of the Paris Opéra, Beauchamp arranged many court ballets and staged the dance sequences in several of Molière's plays as well as Lully's operas.
1687 - He retired following Lully's death.
1705 - Died in Paris.
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