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Nazi Musicals





The Ginger Rogers of Nazi Germany.

More on Marika Rokk here and here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 10, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Dictators, Tyrants and Other Harsh Rulers, Movies, War, 1930's, 1940's, Dance, Europe

Forgetful Snow

Melinda Ring is trying to raise $13,000 on KickStarter so that she can stage her dance project, Forgetful Snow.

It's one of those things where it's kinda hard to tell if it's real or satire. But my gut instinct tells me it's for real. Of course, I have no knowledge of contemporary dance, so a more discerning viewer might instantly recognize this as a masterpiece.

The video is safe for work, despite the video thumbnail showing a hint of skin.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 08, 2014 | Comments (15)
Category: Dance

Peg-Leg Bates



Unfair career advantage: he had to buy only half the number of tap shoes of other dancers.

Wikipedia entry.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 16, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Disabilities, Dance, Twentieth Century

No Touch Tango

From The Fort Wayne Sentinel - Jan 24, 1914:


New York, Jan 24 — Because she didn't like the tango, Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish hired its most noted exponents, the Castles, to invent a denaturized form of this dance. She calls it the "Innovation." The dancers take position 12 inches away from each other, look into each other's eyes, but never touch each other during the dance. Her guests on whom it was sprung were NOT madly crazy about it.

I found a picture on wikipedia of Vernon and Irene Castle demonstrating what appears to be this No Touch Tango developed by them at Mrs. Fish's request:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jan 30, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: 1910's, Dance

Happy Hotpoint



Even eventual superstars had to start somewhere.

At the age of 17, Mary Tyler Moore aspired to be a dancer. She started her career as "Happy Hotpoint", a tiny elf dancing on Hotpoint appliances in TV commercials during the 1950s series Ozzie and Harriet.[9] She appeared in 39 TV commercials in five days, ultimately earning about $6,000 from her first job.[10] Her time as "Happy Hotpoint" ended when it became difficult to conceal her pregnancy in the dancing elf costume.[9]
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Dec 22, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Celebrities, Advertising, Appliances, 1950's, Dance

STREB Lab



"Superheroes" or not? Your call!





Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Nov 05, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Theater and Stage, Dance

Crazy Pygmy—Hilarious Dancing



What day is not brightened by the inexplicable and thoughtlessly ridiculed antics of a small person?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Nov 01, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Ethnic Groupings, Human Marvels, 1930's, Dance

Jeanne Mordoj







How sad I am to have missed Jeanne Mordoj in her recent New York performance, which THE NEW YORK TIMES describes thus:

At the start of her solo Ms. Mordoj stood at the back of the stage in near darkness. Holding a briefcase under her chin and dressed in a jacket, skirt and heels, she began to vocalize softly and then with increasing strength. Performing on a runwaylike strip of the stage that extended to the audience, Ms. Mordoj, her eyes bulging, stuffed an egg into her mouth — and then another and another, all the while grimacing, but keeping them down. Or so it appeared; she knows a thing or two about illusion.

As if her skin were shedding, crushed eggshells dropped to the floor. Eventually, she removed her jacket and attached two falsies to her bra while contracting and distending her belly, a feat both grotesque and stunning. At a certain point, she stopped trying to be funny — another relief — and slowly lowered herself to the floor. Bits of shells stuck to her face and chest, transforming her clown face into a spooky ritualist mask. The metamorphosis worked its magic: Ms. Mordoj held us captive.


Least Successful Dance “Craze” Ever

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 11, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Fads, 1960's, Dance
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