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Grant Simpson

The Cancan Under Arrest

Appearing nightly in vaudeville, burlesque, ballets and operas, on tiny rustic stages of the Wild West mining camps and in the frontier theatres of the Pacific Coast, by the 1870s the cancan was in North America to stay.When the...

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The dance craze with a kick!

In her book “DANCING” Lilly Grove describes the invention of the chahut which evolved into the cancan.  “About 1830, a stage dancer called Mazarie played the part of a monkey in the Theatre de la Porte St. Martin.  He invented...

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The Laundress and the Kick

Although women of Paris played an integral role in the French Revolution, once the dustsettled they were given a stern message by the new men in power: Stay home, tend to the children and leave the important business of...

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