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June 21, 2013

Vintage Photos of Beautiful Cabaret Dancers From the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring music, song, dance, recitation, or drama. It is mainly distinguished by the performance venue, which might be a pub, a restaurant or a nightclub with a stage for performances. The audience, often dining or drinking, does not typically dance but usually sits at tables. Performances are usually introduced by a master of ceremonies or MC.


The entertainment, as done by an ensemble of actors and according to its European origins, is often (but not always) oriented towards adult audiences and of a clearly underground nature. In the United States striptease, burlesque, drag shows, or a solo vocalist with a pianist, as well as the venues which offer this entertainment, are often advertised as cabarets.

The word cabaret was first used in 1655. It is derived from tavern probably from Middle Dutch cambret. The word cabaret came to mean "a restaurant or night club" by 1912.

A high-kicking Parisian can-can dancer, 1895. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A cabaret artist lifting her skirts for the can-can dance, 1897. (Photo by Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)

Cabaret artist Blanche Vaudon in costume, 1898. (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

Mistinguett, singer and dancer Jeanne-Marie Bourgeois (1873–1956), at the Folies Bergere cabaret theatre in Paris, 1900. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

A Parisian cabaret artist, 1900. (Photo by Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)

A cabaret dancer wearing a fantastic butterfly costume at the Folies Bergere theatre, Paris, circa 1910. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Mr. Leslie Henson serves an ice cream to Miss Dorothy Dickson of the Cabaret Follies, at the Daily Express Women's Exhibition at Olympia, London. The stand advertises “Ices without ice” in four minutes. April 1923. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

The audience watches the grand finale of the first ever afternoon cabaret performance in Britain, which took place in Princes Restaurant. December 1924. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Indian dancer Mira Devi in costume for a cabaret show, circa 1925. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

People mill around the doorway to a cabaret show in Germany, circa 1925. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Chorus line from a cabaret show at the Piccadilly Hotel in London, circa 1925. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Mademoiselle Melsass, a Russian Folies Bergere dancer in Paris backstage before a performance, circa 1925. (Photo by James Abbe/General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Natacha Nattova, the famous Russian dancer, performing in “Playtime” at the Piccadilly Hotel, circa 1925. (Photo by William Davis/General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Some of the original members of the “Hoffman Girls” appearing in “Shake Your Feet”, 1925. From left to right are Dorothy Ellis, Toots Gregory, Claire De Figaniere, Billy Sloane and Louise Blackburn. (Photo by Sasha/Getty Images)

Greta Nissen (1906–1988), the screen name of Grethe Rutz-Nissen, the Norwegian leading lady as she appears in “The Wanderer”, circa 1925. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Two young women who perform in a cabaret at the Piccadilly Hotel strike a pose, circa 1925. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Dancer Edmonde Guydens dancing at the Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris in a costume made of lace. 3rd February 1926. (Photo by Rahma/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Diners and a cabaret performer in the ballroom at Palm Beach Cafe on the Thames. 12th June 1926. (Photo by E. Bacon/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Cabaret artist, singer and actress Frances Day in cabaret costume. She is holding a cigarette in an unusual long holder and sits in front of a backdrop of painted parrots. The high heels of her strap shoes are covered in diamante. 20th October 1926. (Photo by Sasha/Getty Images)

Dancers of the Blue Train cabaret troupe get into their costumes for a performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. 7th June 1927. (Photo by Sasha/Getty Images)

Cabaret dancers performing at the Prince of Wales Theatre. 7th June 1927. (Photo by Sasha/Getty Images)

The Hoffman Girls, appearing in 'Shake Your Feet' at the London Hippodrome, appearing to be more than a little seasick. 10th June 1927. (Photo by Sasha/Getty Images)

Mr. Andre Charlot rehearses his chorus for the cabaret section of the Grand Ball at the Royal Opera House. Proceeds will go to the Infants' Hospital of which Princess Mary is president. 18th November 1929. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Russian-American cabaret and ballet dancer Kyra Alanova, who appears in the revue “Wake Up And Dream” at the Pavilion Theatre. 21st August 1929. (Photo by Sasha/Getty Images)

Cancan cabaret at the Piccadilly Hotel, London, circa 1930. (Photo by Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)

Cabaret artiste Mary Barbour as the Spirit of the New Year, Grosvenor House, London, England, circa 1930. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Members of the Empire Cabaret troupe appear in “Grosvenor Gambols” at Grosvenor House, London, circa 1930. (Photo by William Davis/General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Two Can-Can dancers adjusting the suspenders on their stockings, circa 1930. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Pianist Jack Harris and dancer Vera run through a dress-rehearsal of a fan dance for the Dressmaker's Charity Ball. 22nd May 1930. (Photo by S. R. Gaiger/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)



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