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George Dance the Elder (1695 – 8 February 1768) was an Englishmarker architect of the 18th century. He served as the City of Londonmarker surveyor and architect from 1735 until his death.

Among his public buildings in Londonmarker, the most important is the neo-Palladian Mansion Housemarker (1739–1752). He also designed churches, including St Botolph-without-Bishopsgatemarker (1725), St Leonard's, Shoreditchmarker (1736-1740), St Botolph-without-Aldersgate, Aldgatemarker (1741-1744), St Botolph's Aldgatemarker (1744), and St Matthew's, Bethnal Green (1743-1746).

St Luke's, Old Street, where Dance worshipped and was later buried, is sometimes attributed to him but is likely to have been designed by John James and Nicholas Hawksmoor; however, he designed the adjacent St Luke's Hospital in 1750-1751.

Further afield, Dance also designed the Town Hall of Colerainemarker in Northern Irelandmarker (1743; demolished in 1859).

He had five sons, three of whom enjoyed fame in their own right. Eldest son James Dance (1722-1744) became an actor and playwright connected with Drury Lanemarker theatre. Third son Nathaniel Dance-Holland (1735-1811) was a notable painter. Fifth son George Dance the Younger (1741-1825) succeeded him as city architect. His grandson by James Dance was Nathaniel Dance, a noted commodore of the fleets of the East India Company, and victor of the Battle of Pulo Aura.

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