Hike up your skirts and let’s see those high kicks! The Can Can is a high-energy and physically demanding music hall dance, traditionally performed by a chorus line of female dancers who wear costumes with long skirts, petticoats, and black stockings. The main features of the dance are the lifting up and manipulation of the skirts, with high kicking and suggestive, provocative body movements. For more history about the dance, go here!
If you are planning on attending this class, please bring a skirt or a dress you can easily lift up with you (hahah, and bring appropriate underwear too!). Preferably you’ll want a long, full circle skirt, but a short circle skirt will do. If you don’t own any skirts, now is a great time to buy one OR you can borrow a t-shirt from your largest guy friend and wear that! Even if you don’t have a skirt, dress, or big t-shirt to lift up, you can still come and learn the most important thing: how to Can Can!
If you’re interested in buying a skirt, you can get one at Rivers Edge Dancewear. If you want to sew your own and are looking for a pattern, check this out! If you want some cute ruffle dance pants, check out this Square Dancing site!
Here’s a video to give you a preview of the vintage:
This French CanCan comes from a compilation film of Music Hall acts made in the UK in 1943. It has never been sold on DVD or VHS as far as I know and has only been shown on TV once in the last 20 years.
….and the modern:
This was a one off show in ( I think ) about 1981 but I can’t be certain. The Moulin Rouge shut for a night so the show could come to London
….and a Hollywood style one