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Streetswings Dance History Archives: the Hootchy-Kootchy
Nina - Little Egypt of 1941  (Police Gazette)
The Hootchy-Kootchy dance

           It's meaning is derived from the French "couche," past part of "coucher" which means "to lay down." The Hootchy-Kootchy (Hoochi-Coochi) or Cooch dance is a pseudo-Turkish, sensual dance executed only by women in short skirts, bare midriffs and tight breast bands, which is said to have originated at the Philadelphia Centennial Fair (May-Nov-1876.) However there can be some aspects of nudity as well. There are many spellings.

   The term has been carried over to mean any so-called partner-less female "Sexy or Risqué" dance performed at fairs, Carnivals, Saloons and Burlesques clubs etcetera where women would be encouraged (or exploited) to perform such dances in a more provocative manner originally used to help gain attendance to sell alcohol to the patrons of a saloon etc. Dances such as the The Can-Can, Belly Dance, Danse du ventre, Striptease (see Burlesque), Bubble dance, Fan Dance, Serpentine Dance, Peek-a-boo Dance, etcetera have all been lumped into this category. The Hootchy Cootchy dance would also be known as Oriental Dance, but was no relation to the Oriental dances known today.


   In later days the Belly dance (aka: Raks Sharki) would also be associated with this title just like the Oriental dances due to their erotic nature by promoters such as Sol Bloom and as well as many Belly dancers exploiting their own art form to make a fast buck in evolving times. These dancers and promoters would use many movements of the belly dance to entice their audience so as to gain financial freedom. However the Belly dance did play an important role in the development of the Hoochi-Coochi dance, the Belly and Oriental dances are not, repeat not, a Hootchy-Kootchy dance form, even though some are listed here.

Note: Coochi can also be a slang term for Vagina.

 

Birth Place

Creation Date

Creator

Dance Type

Philadelphia 1876 n/a Risqué / Erotic / Sensual / Burlesque
 

Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

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Related Music Titles

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            Song Clip is not available at this time Hoochi Coochi Coo
           
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Hoochi Coochi Gal Blues (Etta James)
           
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Hoochi Coochi Mama (Road Trip Band)
           
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Hoochi-Coochi Man (CD)
           
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Hoochi Coochi Man (The Shadows of Knight) Waters
            Song Clip is not available at this time Hootchy Cootchy
            Song Clip is not available at this time Little Hootchy Cootchy Girl
           
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Oochi Coochi - Young Jessie Modern
           
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Pop That Coochi - 2 Live Crew
            Song Clip is not available at this time The Stripper
 

Night Clubs, Halls, Theatres

Stage / Shows

Locations

n/a Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show France
            USA
            Coney Island
 
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Related Films, Movies and Clips

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1893 - Little Egypt (Edison) Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1901 - Turkish Dance
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1930's - Sally Rands Bubble Dance
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1894 - Danse de Ventre
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1903 - Turkish Dance: Ella Lola Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1932 - Burlesque
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1894 - Oriental Belly Dance
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1903 - From Showgirl to Burlesque Queen
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1940's Dance of the Doves - Rosita Royce
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1895 - Princess Ali does a Turkish Dance
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1904 - Can Can Dancers at the Moulin Rouge
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1940's - Vanay does the Snake Hips Dance
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1896 - Amy Mueller dances
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1904 - Princess Rajah Dance (Eccentric-Shimmy)
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1942 - A Lady with Fans - Faith Bacon
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1896 - Fatima's Coochie-Coochie dance Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1908 - Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils
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1947 - Erotique in Afro Moods
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1897 - Dolorita Passion Dance Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1909 - Salome Music Dance
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1960's - Klezmer Hoochie Coochie
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1897 - Fatima (Fatima's Belly Dance) Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1910 - Queen of the Burlesque
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1989 - Roadhouse
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1897 - Fatima's Belly Dance Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1910 - The Burlesque Queen Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Death Mask (Linnea Quigley)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1897 - Little Egypt I,II,III Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1913 - Persian Dance: Eight pence a Mile Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. I'm No Angel (Mae West)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1897 - Parisian Dance
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1919 - Fatima (or Fat Emma) Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Nana (Can-Can)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1899 - Dance in a Turkish Harem Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1920 - The Hooch Ball
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Noel Toy - Chinese Joy (Fan) Dance
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1901 - Coochie Dance on the Midway Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1930 - Hootchy Cootchy Parlais Vous    
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1901 - Táncz, A        
 

Publications

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Ballets / Stage / Fairs etc

1894 - Danse de Ventre 3/27/1959 - Ellery Queen (Sherry Britton) 1876 - Philadelphia Centennial Fair
1894 - Oriental Belly Dance       1893 - Chicago World's Fair (Columbian Exhibition)
1/27/1898 - Evening Sentinel (seeks death after Hoochi)       1904 - Louisiana Purchase Exposition
5/26/1929 - Charleston Gazette (Fairs cleaned Up)        
8/6/1933 - Syracuse Herald (Hoochi-Coochi is Can Can)        
11/26/1964 - Daily Review (Belly Dancers once Hoochi)        
Police Gazette Newspaper        
         
 

Other Related Dances of the time...

Belly Dance Coochi-Coochi Fire Dance Raks Sharki Striptease
Bubble Dance Dance of the 7 Veils (see Salome) Hoochi-Coochi (this page) Salome Dance Turkish Dance
BURLESQUE Danse de Ventre Oriental Dance Serpentine Dance Veil Dance
Butterfly Dance Fan Dance Peek-a-boo Dance Skirt Dance  
Can-Can        
 

Related Dancers, Choreographers etc.

Political

Gypsy Rose Lee Salome Sol Bloom
Little Egypt (c. 1890s) Sally Rand Minsky's
Mata Hari Charo Baeza ?  
Princess Rajah    
 

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...

Title

Author

Date Published

Publisher

Dance Encyclopedia Chujoy, Anatole 1949 Barnes
                       
 

Musicians

Bands

Singers

Poets / Writers

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

Belly Dance Carnivals Risqué Strippers
Burlesk Fairs Strip Pasties  
Burlesque Hoochi (e) Coochi (e) Striptease G-Strings  
         
 

Other...

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