Therese Elssler
Therese Elssler was a dancer.

The sisters Therese and Fanny Elssler
Fanny Elssler
Fanny Elssler - 27 November 1884), born Franziska Elßler, was an Austrian ballerina of the 'Romantic Period'.- Life :Daughter of Johann Florian Elssler, a second generation employee of Prince Esterhazy in Eisenstadt. Both Johann and his brother Josef were employed as copyists to the Prince's...

 were both dancers, the former born in 1808, the latter in 1810, both in the Vienna
Vienna is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary city, with a population of about 1.723 million , and is by far the largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic, and political centre...

 suburb of Gumpendorf. They were daughters of Johann Florian Elssler, the personal scribe
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 of Joseph Haydn
Joseph Haydn
Franz Joseph Haydn , known as Joseph Haydn , was an Austrian composer, one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the Classical period. He is often called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet" because of his important contributions to these forms...

. They received their first lessons at Friedrich Horschelt's children's ballet in the Theater an der Wien
Theater an der Wien
The Theater an der Wien is a historic theatre on the Left Wienzeile in the Mariahilf district of Vienna. Completed in 1801, it has seen the premieres of many celebrated works of theatre, opera, and symphonic music...

. They studied dancing with Jean-Pierre Aumer
Jean-Pierre Aumer
Jean-Louis Aumer was a French danseur and choreographer, who was born in Strasbourg on 21 April 1774, and who died in Saint-Martin-de-Boscherville in July 1833. Educated at the school of the Paris Opera Ballet, he joined the company in 1801 after an initial engagement with Jean Dauberval in Bordeaux...

 and danced from 1817 to 1825 on the stage of Theater am Kärntnertor
Theater am Kärntnertor
Theater am Kärntnertor or Kärntnertortheater was a prestigious theatre in Vienna during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries...

 and then continued their ballet
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 education in Naples
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 with the great Gaetano Gioja.

They celebrated their first major triumphs in Berlin
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 in 1830. After they had made a stir and acquired fame and considerable wealth through their art and charming appearance in the capitals of Europe and America,, they resigned from the stage in 1841. Fanny's last performance was in 1851 in Vienna. After that, she lived on an estate in Hamburg
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 until 1854, then moved to Vienna.

On 20 April 1850, Therese married Prince Adalbert of Prussia morganatically
Morganatic marriage
In the context of European royalty, a morganatic marriage is a marriage between people of unequal social rank, which prevents the passage of the husband's titles and privileges to the wife and any children born of the marriage...

. King Frederick William IV of Prussia
Frederick William IV of Prussia
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 created her Baroness of Barnim. Prince Adalbert died in 1873. After that, she lived in Bad Homburg
Bad Homburg
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She died on 19 November 1878 in Merano. She was buried under the name Therese Barnim on the Invalidenfriedhof in Berlin. Her grave has not yet been restored.
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