THE CAN CAN

Art, music, dance, the stage - these are the kismet girls....

 

 

Any way you look at it, this is one of the greatest dances in the world. It is stylish, daring and provocative. The dancers really enjoy participating, they get a good workout and the males (and females) in the audience get a really stunning show of flashing dresses and frilly knickers to take home for their dreams.

 

The can-can (sometimes non-hyphenated as in the original French: cancan) is a high-energy and physically demanding music hall dance. Traditionally this is 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 and manipulation of the skirts, synchronized with high kicking and suggestive, provocative body movements. The choreography must be good, as must the timing, so too the costumes. It helps if the girls performing are reasonably well matched in height and proficiency.

The cancan is now considered a part of world dance culture, and often the main feature observed today is how physically demanding and tiring the dance is to perform, but it still retains something of an erotic connotation for many. When the dance first appeared in the early 19th century, it was considered little more than a scandalous activity that young people indulged in, similar to how rock and roll would be perceived later in the 1950s. In the mid-19th century, when the dance was emerging from the working-class dance-halls into the mainstream, it was thought to be extremely inappropriate by "respectable" society. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the cancan was viewed as much more erotic because the dancers made use of the extravagant underwear of the period, and the contrasting black stockings. They lifted and manipulated their skirts much more, and incorporated a move sometimes considered the most cheeky and provocativeóbending over and throwing their skirts over their backs, presenting their bottoms to the audience. The Moulin Rouge dancer La Goulue was well known for this gesture, and she had a heart embroidered on the seat of her drawers.

A Cancan dancer would sometimes stand very close to a man, and bet that she could take off his hat without using her hands. When he took the bet, she'd execute a high kick that would take off his hat - and give him a quick look at her underwear while she was at it. It was also a warning that anyone taking unwanted liberties with a dancer could expect a kick in the face.

It is a myth that the cancan was ever frequently danced without drawers. This mistaken belief has taken root probably because when the cancan first appeared in working-class dance halls in the 1830s, drawers were not a standard item of underwear. They were adopted in the 1850s because of the advent of the hooped skirt or crinoline. Initially drawers were of the "open" type, being essentially two tubes of material, one for each leg, and this is perhaps another reason for the myth. However, the Moulin Rouge management did not permit dancers to perform in such revealing garments.

Early editions of the Oxford Companion to Music defined the cancan as "A boisterous and latterly indecorous dance of the quadrille order, exploited in Paris for the benefit of such British and American tourists as will pay well to be well shocked. Its exact nature is unknown to anyone connected with this Companion."  Hmmm, okay then, but what about the artistry?

 

 

 

 

 

 

LINKS and REFERENCE

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pole_dance

Dancing on Ice' return date confirmed - Dancing on Ice News - Reality TV Digital Spy.

Dancing on Ice': Jason Gardiner to replace Louie Spence - Dancing on Ice News - Reality TV Digital Spy

Twitter / dancingonice: The big news. Twitter.com.

Dancing on Ice 2013 celebrity line-up revealed Newsbeat (BBC Online18 December 2012

Pamela Anderson, Samia Ghadie and Shayne Ward Dancing On Ice 2013 line-up is announced

Company credits for Dancing on Ice

Judges - Karen Barber ITV - Dancing on Ice

Dancing on thin ice The Daily Telegraph

TV ratings: March 16 - Dancing on Ice final wins for ITV

Dancing on Ice - News - Torvill and Dean get £1.5m 'Dancing' deal Digital Spy

Skating on in: Christine Bleakley to replace Holly Willoughby as co-host of Dancing on Ice Daily Mail (London)

Press releases | Programme press releases | Dancing on Ice judges - ITV Press Centre Itv.com.

Dancing on Ice': Jason Gardiner to replace Louie Spence - Dancing on Ice News - Reality TV Digital Spy

TV News AudienceTickets.net.

http://www.itv.com/dancingonice/news-and-gossip/ashley-roberts-joins-judging-panel/

Dancing on Ice series 3 Digital Spy. 21 May 2007.

About the show itv.com. 5 December 2007.

Dancing On Ice - TV3 Tv3.ie

Dancing on Ice dates confirmed | News | Phillip Schofield Officialphillipschofield.com. 2012-12-24.

Dancing on Ice' lineup revealed: Heidi Range, Jennifer Ellison, Dancing on Ice News - Reality TV Digital Spy

Chesney's ice exit". itv.com. 4 January 2012

Dancing on Ice' return date confirmed - Dancing on Ice News - Reality TV Digital Spy.

Dancing on Ice 2013 celebrity line-up revealed Newsbeat (BBC Online). 18 December 2012

Pamela Anderson, Samia Ghadie and Shayne Ward Dancing On Ice 2013 line-up is announced Daily Mail. 17

Take That on Dancing On Ice Metro, 16 February 2007

Westlife - Official News

Leona Lewis' blades of glory The Sun, 29 February 2008

Pixie Lott sings 'Cry Me Out' on Dancing On Ice 2010 Unreality TV 7 February 2010

Pixie Lott opens Dancing on Ice with Kings of Leon classic STV 9 February 2010

Dancing on Ice: Make Me a Star". itv.com 16 January 2008

Dancing on Ice at itv.com

Dancing on Ice at stv.tv

Dancing on Ice at u.tv

Dancing on Ice on Facebook

Dancing on Ice on Twitter

Dancing on Ice at the Internet Movie Database

 

 

 

This website is Copyright © 2014 Kismet Girls Trust.   All rights reserved.