Category:
Dance

L.A. Knockers

The L.A. Knockers was an all-female dance troupe that formed in 1974 and stayed together (with members coming and going) for 12 years.

There's a fan page here. And one of the original members has posted a collection of L.A. Knockers videos on YouTube.

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It was their name and ultra 70s look that first caught my attention. But when I googled about them, I discovered they also had a run-in with tragedy. One of the original members, Lissa Kastin (middle, above), became a victim of the Hillside Stranglers in 1977.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 19, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: 1970s, Dance

La Bostella







Original article here.


Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 18, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Fads, 1960s, Dance

The Stoneman Family







The combination of Donna Stoneman pogo-ing while playing the mandolin, and Ronnie Stoneman's generally dour expression while plucking the banjo, makes for a bizarro mix.

Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 24, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Family, Music, 1960s, Dance

The Naked Anthropologist



Her stage name was Wendy Brown, but she was better known as the "Naked Anthropologist." She was a young woman who, circa 1970, decided to write her master's thesis in anthropology about the culture of nude dancing — and so, for the sake of research, she got a job as a dancer at a "bottomless" club off Sunset Strip in LA. The field research also helped pay for her education.

She was arrested once for indecent exposure and lewd conduct, but managed to use her academic credentials to serve as an expert witness at her own trial, testifying that in a survey of 5000 Californians, most didn't consider nude dancing obscene. She was acquitted.

As far as I know, she never revealed her real name. Nor did she reveal where she was attending university, only saying that it was somewhere in Northern California (even though her dancing job was in LA).

Life magazine sent a photographer out to take pictures of her, although I don't think they ended up doing a story about her. At least, I can't find anything in the Life magazine archive. But you can view all the photos at the Google Cultural Institute — all 247 of them.

The Greenville Delta Democrat - Jan 20, 1970





Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 06, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: 1970s, Dance, Nudism

A Brief History of Westernized Snake Dances

Choose your favorite.













I believe that "Janik and Amaut" are really Harold and Lola Leibman, as seen in the final clip. More about their eccentric careers here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 30, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Sex Symbols, Dance

Holcombe’s Mechanical Partner

I'd like to see this gadget in action. Unfortunately I can't find any videos of it.

It doesn't seem to have survived past 1954.

Popular Science - Oct 1954



LA Times - July 1, 1954

Posted By: Alex - Sun May 07, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Inventions, 1950s, Dance

Hey, Let’s Twist!



The movie so great it inspired its own line of Ivey, Jivey suits for Cats!

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 24, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Fads, Fashion, Movies, Music, Teenagers, 1960s, Dance

Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith, Dancers?



Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are so jealous!

They had a recent naked performance in NYC.

Link is to safe-for-work NEW YORK TIMES coverage.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 15, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Body, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Avant Garde, Dance

Got Tu Go Disco

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We often focus here at WU on bad movies, but we have neglected the study of horrible Broadway shows. To remedy that, let's sample GOT TU GO DISCO, of which critic Michael Musto says:

Got Tu Go Disco. (17 performances in 1979). A flashy, empty musical about the disco phenomenon, featuring Studio 54's actual doorman. He should have been beaten with his clipboard. The "tu" in the title was a pretty good giveaway that this was pure doogy du.

I love that the lead character was named "Cassette."

Here are the geniuses responsible.

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And the title track.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 11, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, 1970s, Dance

The Green Corn Dance




Have a spanking good time!

Original page here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 03, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: 1930s, Dance, Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise

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