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Streetswings Dance History Archives: Fan Dance'
Sally Rands Fan Dance photo
Fan Dance

    This page is mainly dealing with the American Fan dance (Burlesque type) but has some Oriental Fan dance info as well.

          In America, the Fan dance was made popular in the 1930s by Sally Rand. Miss Rand was hired at the Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition in 1933 and saved the fair financially with her fan dance routine. There was also a federation called the 'Western Federation of Fan Dancers' and the 'United Fan, Bubble and Specialty Dancers'. These federations held a convention in San Diego, Ca. on 4/23/1936.

    Miss Faith Bacon is credited as creating the Fan dance however it is traced back ten years prior to Faiths birth but this particular style may be credited to her as she did do it long before Sally Rand. The American Burlesque term 'fan' describes the movements of the huge Ostrich plumes or feathers that the dancer would use in an artistic manner (see pics or clips). This dance was generally but not always done nude (or used a body stocking) and would be considered Burlesque dancing in style.


    The Beautiful Oriental fan dances used a hand fan, which is used in the folding unfolding, twirling etc of the Fan and can be solo or group. The Japanese Fan Dance (non Burlesque), interpreted by young girls with various movements, figures, and poses, is one of many favourite Japanese dances.

    Men seldom dance in Japan except to show off some chorographic agility usually inspired by the saki fumes; but they take a part in the circular dances which belong to the family banquets, and which are as diversified as they are ancient. The Korean Fan Dance dates back to the Choson Dynasty (1392-1910 AD) the majority of the dancers portray flowers, gracefully swaying and turning in the wind. There are other Fan dances as well.

 

Birth Place

Creation Date

Creator

Dance Type

USA 1900's Faith Bacon Burlesque / Prop dance
       
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Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

Sheet Music Covers

Music Titles

n/a 1905 - Japanese Fan Dance Fan Dance (Sam Phillips) [MP3]
            Japanese Fan Dance
             
             
 

Night Clubs

Theaters

Locations

Follies (Brice) 1937 - New Dog House (1937) Worlds Fair - NY.
Music Box        
Paradise Club (Rand)        
Paramount Club        
 
Video Clips (pop-up)

related Films / Movies

Ballets / Stage

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1894 - Serpentine Dance Tsukumi Fan Dance
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1897 - Butterfly Dance (Annabella Moore) 1939 - Gay Paree Review
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1914 - Chinese Fan, The 1939 - Follies Bergere (Treasure Island)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1918 - Fan Fan 1925 - Folies Bergere (Paris)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1929 - Peacock Fan, The Ziegfeld Follies
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1933 - Bubble Dance (Sally Rand)  
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1933 - Fan Dance (Sally Rand)  
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1933 - Hotel Variety  
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1934 - Murder at the Vanities  
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1934 - True Vue - Sally Rand Fan Dance (#1314)  
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1940's - Chinese Joy Dance - Noel Toy(Fan)  
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1942 - A Lady with Fans - Faith Bacon  
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1942 - Fan & Bubble Dance [DVD]  
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1950s - Fan Dance Marionette (Frank Paris)

Publications

Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1980 - Chamaram 1937 - Real Screen Fun
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1987 - The Last Emperor [DVD] $ Fan Dance Photo Flip Book (Striptease)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 2001- Chinese Fan Dance [DVD]  
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2008 - Korean Fan Dance  
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2012 - Chinese Fan Dance  
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Musical Film Revues (16mm #2)  
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Grindhouse Follies Vol. 01 (Burlesque strip)  
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Other Related Dances of the time...

Ballet Danse du Ventre Japanese Fan Dance Scarf Dance
Banana Dance Dance of Andalucia Kilt Dance Serpentine Dance
Belly Dance Dance of Emotions Korean Fan Dance Seven Veils
Bubble Dance Dance Of Salome Lariat Dance Skirt Dance
Burlesque Dance of the Devil Mirror Dance Society Skirt Dance
Butterfly Dance Fan dance (this page) Odori Dance Spanish Fan Dance
Butterfly Skirt Dance Flag Dance Ostrich Dance Striptease
Can Can Hat Dance Peek-A-Boo Dance Sword Dance
Chinese Fan Dance Hoochy-Coochy Risque Veil Dance
       
 

Dancers, Choreographers etc.

Political

1920's - Josephine Baker 1940s - Annette Del Mar n/a
1930s - Sally Rand** 1940s - Faith Bacon (1910-1956)  
1930s - Jane Winton Fanny Brice  
1937 - Della Carroll My Yong  
1937 - Mimi DuVal (Electric Fan Dance) Noel Toy  
1938 - Patricia Bowman Zoe Mozert  
 

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...

Title

Author

Date Published

Publisher

n/a n/a n/a n/a
                       
 

Musicians

Other

Poets / Writers

n/a $ Oriental Fan Dance Dolls n/a
         
           
 

Misc. Research Words that may be related ... to help your searches

Burlesque Geisha Risque dance  
Dangui (Coat) Hoochy-Coochy Sakura Music  
Flutter Fan Jokduri (Head Piece) Strip / Strip Tease