What is the first thing you imagine when you hear about Cancan? Most often these are attractive women in chic outfits, swinging their legs high to the music. Now Cancan is associated with the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret, but its origins are taken from the simplest square dance.
One of the funniest versions of the name of the dance is associated with ducks. The French claim that their ducks quack "kan-kan". And as you know, one of the frequently used "pas" is the movement of dancers waddling one after another.
Literally "cancan" is translated from French as "noise, din". Some argue that the first cancan at the Moulin Rouge was performed in 1890, but this is not true. The origins of the cancan stretch back to the 1820s in the workers' quarters of Paris. Dancer and acrobat Charles Mazurier added leg swings to a simple square dance. Over time, stockings with garters came into fashion, which were very fond of cancan dancers. Interestingly, after the appearance of this detail in the costumes, the dance began to be considered obscene.
For the first time in the Moulin Rouge cabaret, the cancan was performed during the opening of the bar, and the dance was performed not only by women, but also by men who also waved their legs. But, as you understand, women attracted more visitors to the cabaret, and therefore the men did not dance for long.
The modern cancan is played in 8 minutes. The dance involves swinging legs, jumping, splitting and other movements, which only accelerate with every minute. Everyone who finds himself in the Moulin Rouge is simply obliged to see the famous fiery dance with his own eyes.