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December 16, 1919: Dancer Andre Van Damme Born in Belgium

Dec 16, 2018
Andre Van Damme
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / Charleston Ballet

Dancer Andre Van Damme was born in Belgium on December 16, 1919. Shortly after his 16th birthday, he was admitted to the ballet company of the Royal Opera House of Brussels. When his country fell to the Nazis in 1940, Van Damme joined the underground while continuing to perform.