In some jurisdictions, dancers at strip clubs are only permitted to expose breasts and/or genitals when performing on a raised platform; they must be dressed before their feet touch the venue's main floor. Managers responsible for enforcing this rule communicate it as 'the floor is lava'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
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
Leonardo DiCaprio used to be a break dancer before he made it big as an actor. According to him he thinks he kept getting rejected by agents because he was a break dancer at the time and had crazy haircuts. insider.com/leonardo-dica…
The Soviet Union loved Bollywood films. The values of Indian society and the USSR were very similar and the socialist country enjoyed the common rags to riches narrative. In fact, the highest grossing film of the Soviet Era was a 1982 Bollywood film called Disco Dancer. varsity.co.uk/film-and-tv…
Tina Turner's hit song, "Private Dancer" was written by Mark Knopfler and intended for the Dire Straits. However, Mark felt the lyrics he wrote were unsuitable for him. When Tina recorded it, she had Jeff Beck do the solo to which Mark said, "it's the world's second ugliest guitar solo." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
King Louis XIV of France was also a ballet dancer. He performed 80 roles in 40 major ballets, which approaches the career of a professional dancer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Christopher Walken first trained as a dancer, and has danced in over 50 of his films, also starring in a music video which won a Grammy for Best Music Video of 2002 good.is/articles/christop…
In 1937, dancer Patricia Douglas was brutally assaulted at an MGM party. Instead of bartering her silence for a studio contract or cash, Douglas went public with her story and filed a landmark lawsuit. The studio covered up the crime and destroyed her life. vanityfair.com/news/2003/…
Former New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia was angry because the city's nude dancers were exposing too much skin, so the thong was created to provide them with a little more coverage racked.com/2017/2/20/1454…
Russian β€œTotal Theater” peaked in 1920 with β€œThe Storming of the Winter Palace,” where thousands of ballet dancers, circus performers, and actorsβ€”plus tanks and a battle cruiserβ€”re-enacted the October Revolution for a crowd of 100,000 in St. Petersburg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The New York City Ballet has an annual shoe budget of $780,000; on average, their dancers go through 500-800 pointe shows for "The Nutcracker" over six weeks, and even more pairs for two weeks of "Swan Lake" dancespirit.com/the-secre…
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…
A French ballerina, Emma Livry, died due to having her costume catch fire during a rehearsal. She ran screaming across the stage until it was put out. She, like many dancers at the time, had refused a fireproof costume. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emm…
8 Elton John songs, including "Tiny Dancer," were influenced by Maxine Feibelman, a seamstress for the band en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
In 1987 dancer/actress Juliette Prowse was mauled by the same 80-pound leopard on two separate occasions: the first time while filming a scene for Circus of the Stars, then later while rehearsing a promotional stunt on The Tonight Show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
The music video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Eat It" features a few of the same dancers from Michael Jackson's "Beat It". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eat…
Today I learned of Alice Barker a chorus line dancer in Harlem Renaissance in the 30s. She danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, The Zanzibar Club, and Broadway. IN 2015 the bedridden 102 lady got a visit from Volunteers showing videos of her young self dancing in films which she never seen before. abcnews.go.com/US/102-yea…
Tupac Shakur was close friends with Trouble T Roy, who the classic song They Reminisce Over You by Pete Rock & CL Smooth is about. They were both backup dancers on the same hip hop tour - Tupac was with Digital Underground and T Roy was with Heavy D and the Boyz. youtu.be/UsFIaUs3cRQ
The New York City Ballet has a shoe budget of $780,000: the dancers go through 500 to 800 pairs of pointe shoes performing The Nutcracker over 6 weeks, and use up even more pairs in 2 weeks performing Swan Lake. dancespirit.com/the-secre…
By claiming her breast implants were big and impractical, an exotic dancer in the US was able to get the IRS to agree that they were a business expense for her tax return. huffpost.com/entry/tax-co…
Hampton Fancer, co-writer of the Blade Runner movies, was born to a Mexican-Danish mother in Los Angeles and ran away at 15yo to Spain to become a flamenco dancer. He renamed himself "Mario Montejo" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
Today I learned about Vaslav Nijinsky – who has been cited as the greatest dancer of the 20th century. He was a controversial character in Russia who pushed the boundaries of what was permissible in ballet, including references to homosexuality and masturbation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vas…
Dancer Isadora Duncan was strangled in Nice, France, when the enormous silk scarf she was wearing got tangled in the rear hubcaps of her open car in 1927. clickamericana.com/topics…
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…
Alexander Godunov, who played Karl, the violent German in Die Hard (1988), his first major break into Hollywood was playing a gentle Amish farmer in Witness (1985). In 1979, he had defecting from the USSR and was a world class ballet dancer. Sadly, he died aged 45, in 1995 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
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…
Male Western parotia bird appears like a ballet dancer while performing courtship display to attract female. He just doesn't perform, but rehearses in advance and ensures the perching spot is clean for the female to watch the show comfortably. The endemic species belongs to birds of paradise. youtube.com/watch?v=iTmHt…
In 2005, a strip club in Bloise, Idaho, managed to sidestep city laws banning total nudity in public by offering customers the chance to make drawings depicting its dancers. The law forbids full nudity in public unless the display has "serious artistic merit". news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world…
Peanut Lolita was a 53-proof liqueur made from bourbon and peanuts and featured a belly dancer on its label. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
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 lead knife-fighting dancer from the "Beat It" videoclip went on to be director of the award-winning kid's movie "In Search of Dr Seuss". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Today I learned about the Bal des Ardents, or the Ball of the Burning Men, a masquerade ball in France in 1393. During the ball, four dancers burned alive when a spectator accidentally brought a torch and set their costumes on fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
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…
Today I learned about Raven Wilkinson, the first African-American ballet dancer of a major ballet company. In 1957, Raven was once barred from staying with her troupe when an Atlanta hotel owner asked her outright if she was black. Raven quit dancing for a time, only to return to a 27 year career at NYC Opera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rav…
Famed dancer Josephine Baker was a spy during WW2 and had a pet cheetah. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Keanu Reeves is a classically trained ballroom dancer. entertainment.ie/tv/tv-ne…
The musical "A Chorus Line" is based on true stories from Broadway dancers, and the character of Sheila was based on, and originally played by, Kelly Bishop (Lorelai's mother from Gilmore Girls). Furthermore, the story Sheila tells in the play about her father cheating on her mother was true. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kel…
Hey Jude, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tiny Dancer, Life on Mars? and more were recorded on the exact same C. Bechstein piano youtu.be/0tesy80wwR0
Famed dancer Isadora Duncan was killed when her long scarf got caught in a wheel of the car in which she was riding. The scarf got tangled around the wheel which pulled her from the car and broke her neck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
The dancers in the game Just Dance are literally painted white that is why they all appear white in the game. Hence, they are real and not just computer-generated animations. youtu.be/8WIOv1Pcuig
The Dancing House in Prague, Czech Republic was originally going to be named Fred and Ginger since the building resembles a pair of dancers but the idea was discarded as the architect was "afraid to import American Hollywood kitsch to Prague". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
In Renaissance Italy courtesans were known as cortigiana or "courtier". These women were well-educated more so than women of nobility & simultaneously artists, dancers & singers. These women were often treated as equals to women of nobility. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Tupac was a ballet dancer, and played the role of the Mouse King in The Nutcracker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tup…
Today I learned of Mae C. Jemison. Not only is she the first African-American woman to go to space; she also served in the Peace Corps, appeared on Star Trek, is a dancer, and holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters and the humanities biography.com/people/mae-…
Bees dance to each other in the hive to tell each other where to find good pollen. The angle of the dance is the angle relative to the sun, the tempo of dance is the distance, the duration of dance is the quality of the pollen, and the dancer hands out free samples to whoever’s watching! articles.extension.org/pa…
Hey Jude, Life on Mars, Tiny Dancer, and many other famous tunes/albums were all recorded on the same piano at Trident Studios. youtube.com/watch?v=0tesy…
The NYC Rockettes don’t actually hold hands behind each other’s backs during their line kicks. It’s a fake out, keeping their arms up helps them keep their peripheral vision to sync their leg heights and prevents all the dancers from falling if one does. rockettes.com/blog/rocket…
When Louis RΓ©ard introduced the modern two-piece bikini, no runway model would wear the risquΓ© and revealing design, so he hired a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris to showcase it instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bik…
Phyllis Smith, commonly known for her role as Phyllis Vance in the Office, was once a burlesque dancer and a cheerleader for the old St. Louis Cardinals NFL team. wikipedia.org/wiki/Phylli…
The University of Saskatchewan hosts a graduation powwow for its First Nations, MΓ©tis and Inuit students. Competitions for drum groups and dancers are held throughout the day, with $25,000 in prize money to be won cbc.ca/news/canada/saskat…

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