Today I learned about Taxi Dance Halls of the late 1920s and early '30s where lonely men looking for human contact paid 10 cents a song to dance with women for a few minutes. In 1931, there were at least 100 taxi dance halls in New York, visited by up to 50,000 men each week. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The Beryozka or Berezka Dance Ensemble is a troupe of female dancers in Russia, wearing long gowns and move in very small steps on very low half-toe with the body held in a certain corresponding position, so the dancers appear as floating or moving on wheels. youtu.be/gwbcTYQ84dU
The prevailing theory behind why humans like music is that we learn patterns and regularities within music, and we unconsciously predict what will come next. When we are right, our brain gives us a dopamine rush. Thus the constant dance between expectation and outcome is pleasurable to us bbc.com/future/article/20…
The inventor of the bra, Caresse Crosby, came up with the idea because she didn’t want to wear a corset to a dance at age 19. She also had a dog named Clytoris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of Mary Carey, a pornographic actress who ran for the Governor of California in 2003 as a publicity stunt. Her platform included promises of taxing breast implants, making lap dances tax-deductible, and creating a "Porn for Pistols" exchange program. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The Can-Can was a particularly scandalous dance in the 19th century because women wore pantalettes, which had an open crotch, and the high kicks were intentionally revealing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
After an aide brought him the news of Napoleon's abdication, The Duke of Wellington broke into an impromptu flamenco dance, spinning around on his heels and clicking his fingers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
In 1959, one of the first dance crazes - the Twist - was introduced. Fifty-two years later, a Guinness World Record was set in DeLand, Florida, when Chubby Checker sang the song live and an estimated 4,000 people twisted along with Checker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twi…
The Wodaabe tribe from Chad has a courtship tradition called Gerewol. Men spend hours getting dressed to dance in front of the tribe's women in hopes of being judged the most beautiful. Women from the tribe can pick who they want to get married to. adventure.com/wodaabe-nom…
It is an H&M company tradition for new employees to perform a dance routine in front of customers and the press for the opening of a new store. In 2015, more than 100 employees danced at the opening of a store in Australia. insider.com/surprising-fu…
Today I learned of Pieter Peutemans, a Dutch artist active in the late 1600's. He was engaged in anatomical studies in a room full of skeletons, when an earthquake struck. The shaking made the skeletons move and dance, and he fled the room in terror, dying of shock shortly thereafter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
To make the dancing game series Let's Dance they actually painted the dancers completely white youtube.com/watch?v=G0tE4…
James Brown would impose fines on his band members if they didn't wear the right stage clothes or if they made a mistake during a show. His dance moves and hand gestures were his way of pointing out the person who made the mistake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
New Zealand has an official Wizard. He was initially threatened with arrest because of his antics, but after being named a living work of art and performing a successful rain dance during a drought, the PM named him The official Wizard of NZ, Antarctica, and relevant offshore areas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Tim Zagat, founder of Zagat restaurant guide, was stabbed in 1990 while watching Dances With Wolves en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Today I learned about Belka and Strelka - two Russian dogs that became the first living creatures to make it to the orbit and back safely in 1960. They became very folk heroes, spawning cartoons, electronica/dance music, and even Russia's first 3D animated film. airspacemag.com/daily-pla…
Ted Cassidy, who played "Lurch" on the 1964 TV show "The Addams Family," put out a record and appeared in a dance number on "Shindig" youtu.be/ZCAUY_ewptw
Dance marathons provided food, shelter, and morbid entertainment during The Great Depression. People died from exhaustion and attempted suicide after dancing for weeks and it was very lucrative. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The moonwalk dance move, popularized by Michael Jackson, is an old move dating back to the 1930s when Cab Calloway called it "the buzz." Dancer Bill Bailey was filmed doing the move at The Apollo Theater in 1955. Jackson saw a dancer on Soul Train doing the move and learned it from him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
The identity of the blonde female co-lead in the Men Without Hats video for Safety Dance (her character Jenny arc'd through 2 other MWH videos) was kept secret for decades when it was disclosed she was played by Brit Louise Court who'd later become a journalist and editor of Cosmopolitan UK tampabay.com/can-you-name…
"kabuki" -- a popular and stylized form of theatrical dance-drama in Japan -- was originally formed by an all-female dance troupe in 1603. Twenty-six years later, however, it became an all-male theatrical form when women were banned from performing it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kab…
Kasier Wilhelm II once had a general called Dietrich von HΓΌlsen-Haeseler dress in a pink tutu and dance for him. Unfortunately for him, at the end of his performance he died of a heart attack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
Gates McFadden, best known for playing Dr Beverly Crusher is also a choreographer, and was choreographer on Labyrinth, including the famous ballroom dance scene. youtube.com/watch?v=TdiTg…
China has a Dwarf Theme Park exclusively staffed by dwarves. Called β€œKingdom of the Little People”, the park employs over 100 Chinese dwarves to sing and dance. bbc.com/news/magazine-322…
Gary Numan’s album, 'Savage (Songs From A Broken World)' was excluded from Billboard's dance/electronic music chart even though it was mostly recorded with electronic instruments. Gary's album outsold Calvin Harris' number one charted album 'Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1' by approximately 600 copies. musicbusinessworldwide.co…
A 1920s dispute about the music played at a wardroom dance on the battleship HMS Royal Oak escalated to the point where a naval exercise was cancelled, an Admiral was dismissed, and a Captain and a Commander were both court martialled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Today I learned of Ian Levine who created early Hi-NRG dance track So Many Men, So Little Time (1983) and was a fan of Doctor Who, responsible for the return of many of its lost episodes. He also once owned a collection containing every DC comic book sold at retail from the 1930s to 2004 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian…
Stickbugs dance to appear like a real stick in the wind, they will do this when predators are near. stick-insect-advice.com/w…
In 1991, 'Dances with Wolves' became the first Western film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture in 60 years since since 1931's 'Cimarron'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
There's been a Dance Dance Revolution movie in the works since 2018. deadline.com/2018/10/danc…
Doc Pomus wrote Save The Last Dance For Me on a napkin on his wedding day while watching his wife dance with guests. He was wheelchair bound from polio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sav…
Japanese schools make children square dance to the tune of β€œTurkey in the Straw,” and call it an β€œOklahoma Mixer” mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=…
North Carolina has, along with the usual 'official state' things, an official beverage, boat, carnivorous plant, dance, dog, frog, freshwater trout, marsupial, tartan, and toast. sosnc.gov/divisions/publi…
Tom Hanks and Dan Ackroyd did a rap /dance video for their movie Dragnet youtu.be/B1b6udYskFs
Carlton's dance on Fresh Prince was inspired by Courtney Cox dancing on Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the dark" video and Eddie Murphy's Raw. awesome98.com/alfonso-rib…
There is popular dance at Irish weddings/parties that is played to Rock the Boat by the Hues Corporation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
"The Hampster Dance" song (1998) is just a sped up version of the song "Whistle Stop" from the animated Disney movie Robin Hood (1973). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
There is an unusual instrument called the celeste/celesta which looks like a piano, but has metal plates like a xylophone, instead of strings, inside. This instrument is what gives the Nutcracker's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, and the Harry Potter theme, their distinct sound. youtu.be/Aw7HAyq54rw
Christopher Walken trained as a dancer and tap-dancer before starting his acting career. That's why he could dance so well in the 'Weapon Of Choice' music video. The music video won 6 awards at the MTV VMAs in 2001. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wea…
Most musicians of the eastern European dance/hip-hop/rock/pop band "Carla's Dreams," even while getting songs onto (Euro-) top airplay charts, have managed to keep their identities secret for almost a decade. They perform while wearing masks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
A Cakewalk was originally a competition among African slaves. They'd do a mocking waltz variation popular among elite whites at the time and best couple were rewarded with a cake by their masters. Although the dance itself was difficult, the winners were the ones who made the Cakewalk look easy. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
The Village People was formed when French songwriter/producer Jacques Morali put an ad in a local trade magazine that read, "Macho Types Wanted: Must Dance And Have A Moustache." bbc.co.uk/music/articles/…
The limbo dance was originally a ritual performed at funerals in Trinidad tntisland.com/limbo.html
The dancers in Fame (1980) didn't dance to the title track 'Fame' in the street scene, they danced to a different song, Donna Summers 'Hot Stuff' as at the time of the three-day shoot, the song hadn't been written. bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
Chicago had a theme song and dance to celebrate the new millennium. It's called Do The Milly. mediaburn.org/video/do-th…
At age 11 Hugh Jackman decided against dance lessons because his older brother told him "dancing is for sissy's." Years later his brother apologized and encouraged him to follow his passion. Hugh signed up for lessons the following day and went on to win a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. today.com/popculture/hugh…
In 2015 two new species of Peacock spiders were discovered named Sparklemuffin and Skeletorus. Skeletorus has white markings on a black background that looks like a skeleton, and Sparklemuffin is a vibrant red and blue. Both are known for their flashy mating dances. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
When the dancer Kazuo Ohno got old and lost his ability to dance, he continued to perform and developed dances where he only moved his hands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaz…
The dubstep violinist and dancer Lindsey Stirling was a competitor on America's Got Talent, where she was told by the judges that she wasn't good enough to both dance and play at the same time, and that she'd have more success as part of a group en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…

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