Apache Dance

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A fast and racy dance routine that was popular in revues and music halls during the early years of the 20th century. It features a violent male (originally a Parisian gangster, the dance being named after the Apache gang) displaying his machismo in brutal, erotic partnership with a scantily clad girlfriend. It was first performed by Max Dearly and Mistinguette at Moulin Rouge on 27 July 1908 under the title Valse chaloupée using music by Offenbach. It became very popular in London and New York and was later adapted as a ballroom dance. Cole Porter included an ‘Apache Dance’ in his 1953 musical Can-Can.

Subjects: Dance.

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