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Streetswings Bubble and Balloon Dance history origin Logo    This dance is usually done with a huge clear, see through Bubble (or balloon), usually about 8 feet in circumference but can be smaller. The dancer dances with the bubble (supposedly totally nude) to strike some interesting poses, occasionally appearing to be inside the bubble. Sally Rand is credited in making the Bubble dance famous and is often called "Sally Rand's Bubble Dance." However Beth Beri performed a Bubble dance in Ziegfelds 'No Foolin' in 1923, However Beri was not a known bubble dancer, she kinda rolled around on the ball sources say, which was common at that time, but Rands may have been so unique that her version made it famous. This Rands dance version became very popular on stages across America by many others in the 1930s. This was an alternative to the Striptease.

    There was also a federation entitled "Western Federation of Fan Dancers" and the "United Fan, Bubble and Specialty Dancers" who had a convention in San Diego, Ca. on 4-23-1936. In June of 1936 at the San Diego Exposition, Rosita Royce arrived, claiming Sally Rand stole her balloon or bubble dance. It was also announced that Miss Royce would spend her leisure time at Zoro Gardens.

Birth Place

Creation Date


Dance Type

n/a early 1920s Sally Rand ? n/a

Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

Sheet Music Covers

Music Titles

n/a n/a n/a

Night Clubs



Copacabana The Music Box (w/ Rand ) California
Cotton Club Ziegfeld's Theater Chicago
Folies Bergere (1939)       Texas
Lido Club       Florida
Latin Quarter       New York
        San Francisco

Films / Movies


Ballets / Stage

Toni Dove's Sally or The Bubble Burst n/a Latin Quarter Revue
1312-SR -- Bubble Dance Tru-Vue filmstrip       1923 - Ziegfeld's No Foolin' (w/ Beri)
Bubbles & Fans (16mm)       1933 - World's Fair in Chicago
        1939 - Frontier Expo in Ft. Worth, TX
        1939 - Golden Gate Expo in San Fran.
            Ziegfeld's Follies


            5/1952 - Pix Magazine

Other Related Dances of the time...

Ballet Dance of the Devil Macumba Skirt Dance
Belly Dance Dance of Emotions Mirror Dance Society Skirt Dance
Bubble Dance Dance Of Salome Ostrich Dance Striptease
Burlesque Fan dance Peek-A-Boo Dance Sword Dance
Butterfly Dance Flag Dance Risqué Veil Dance (see Salome and Belly dance)
Butterfly Skirt Dance Hat Dance Scarf Dance  
Can Can Kilt Dance Serpentine Dance  
Dance of Andalucia (Spanish dance) Lariat Dance Seven Veils  

Dancers, Choreographers etc.


Beth Beri (1923) Noel Toy n/a
BoBo LaRue (1930s) Rosita Royce  
Corrine (1930s) Sally Rand  
Faith Bacon    

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...

Title Author Date Published Publisher
Sally Rand: From Film to Fans Knox, Holly 1998 n/a




Poets / Writers

n/a n/a Jean Flournoy n/a

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

Burlesque Fan Dancer Risqué Vaudeville
Exotic Dancers Peek-A-Boo      

Special Thanks to: "Gene Frisbee" for developing these old pictures (positives) of Sally Rand's Bubble dance for me.
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