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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

Strip Polka



Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 20, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Entertainment, Dance, Music, Public Indecency, 1940s, Nudism, Skin and Skin Conditions

Elvis and the Hollywood Vice Squad

I wonder what the Hollywood Vice Squad of 1957 would make of many a modern pop music show?

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Original text here.

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Original text here.

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Original text here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 18, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Celebrities, Censorship, Bluenoses, Taboos, Prohibitions and Other Cultural No-No's, 1950s, Dance

Robot Ballet



The Italian Futurists had a thing for robot costumes in their dance performances. They left behind some weird imagery.

Read about them here.

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Posted By: Paul - Tue May 17, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Futurism, Robots, Avant Garde, Dance, Europe, Twentieth Century

Yvonne Meier

I regret that I cannot find any relevant videos of Ms. Meier in performance. But perhaps these stills and text will suffice to convey her uniqueness. Spare no expense to rush to NYC to catch this act!

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Another view of determination emerged on Monday, courtesy of the bold downtown choreographer Yvonne Meier. In “Durch Nacht und Nebel” (“By Night and Fog”), she keeps her audacious reputation intact, as well as her predilection for props. Here, they include a hefty mound of rubble, plastic eggs with baby dolls inside — she shoves them in her mouth — and Band-Aids. They cover much of Ms. Meier’s voluptuous, nearly naked body; as she shakes, they quiver, transforming her skin into scales.

Fearlessly morphing from one creature to the next — one transformation involved an orange bodysuit affixed with the plastic babies, and in another, she was coated in black paint — she exposed her aging body with aplomb.


Source of text.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 14, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Avant Garde, Dance

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