25 Gorgeous Vintage Photographs of Ballet Dancers From Between the 1910s and 1950s

Ballet originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century. Noblemen and women were treated to lavish events, especially wedding celebrations, where dancing and music created an elaborate spectacle. In the late 17th century Louis XIV founded the Académie Royale de Musique (the Paris Opera) within which emerged the first professional theatrical ballet company,Continue reading “25 Gorgeous Vintage Photographs of Ballet Dancers From Between the 1910s and 1950s”

The Dancer in Birkenau: Meet the Polish-Jewish Ballerina Who Shot Nazis on Her Way to the Gas Chamber

More a certainty than a legend, a woman killed a Nazi guard at Birkenau while she was ordered to strip en route to the gas chambers. But who was she? On October 23, 1943, a transport of around 1700 Polish Jews with foreign passports were transported out of the Special Camp at the Bergen-Belsen ExchangeContinue reading “The Dancer in Birkenau: Meet the Polish-Jewish Ballerina Who Shot Nazis on Her Way to the Gas Chamber”

30 Amazing Photos That Show the Disco Scene of the 1970s

The heyday of disco fashion blossomed from the music played at gay underground New York clubs such as the Loft, Tenth Floor, and 12 West in the early 1970s. Other clubs such as Infinity, Flamingo, the Paradise Garage, Le Jardin, and the Saint launched a disco culture that brought with it an anything-goes attitude andContinue reading “30 Amazing Photos That Show the Disco Scene of the 1970s”

Amazing Photographs of Willa Mae Ricker and Leon James Demonstrating Steps of the Lindy Hop in 1943

Willa Mae Ricker was one of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, featured in the famous 1943 LIFE Magazine story on the Lindy Hop with Leon James, along with the white Broadway dancers, Stanley Catron and Kaye Pop whose picture appears on the cover. The photographs of individual dance steps by Gjon Mili are sensational. Especially notable isContinue reading “Amazing Photographs of Willa Mae Ricker and Leon James Demonstrating Steps of the Lindy Hop in 1943”

51 Amazing Photos of Ballet Dancers of the Paris Opéra in the Early 1860s

Most of the portraits in this set from The Library of Nineteenth-Century Photography that show ballet dancers of the Paris Opéra in the early 1860s. They were taken by French photographer, and inventor of the carte-de-visite André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri (1819-1889).

30 Fascinating Vintage Photographs Showing Dancer & Actress Eleanor Powell in the 1930s and 1940s

Eleanor Powell (1912–1982) was an American dancer and actress. Best remembered for her solo tap numbers in musical films in the 1930s and 1940s, Powell began studying ballet aged six and began dancing at nightclubs in Atlantic City before she was a teenager. From the age of sixteen, she began studying tap and started appearingContinue reading “30 Fascinating Vintage Photographs Showing Dancer & Actress Eleanor Powell in the 1930s and 1940s”

33 Vintage Photos Showing the Lindy Hop: The Dance That Defined the Swing Era

The Lindy Hop is an American dance which was born in the African-American communities in Harlem, New York City, in 1928 and has evolved since then. It was very popular during the swing era of the late 1930s and early 1940s. Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular duringContinue reading “33 Vintage Photos Showing the Lindy Hop: The Dance That Defined the Swing Era”

26 Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos Capturing Everyday Life of the Rockettes in 1964

The Rockettes are an American precision dance company. Founded in 1925 in St. Louis, they have performed at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, since 1932. Until 2015, they also had a touring company. They are best known for starring in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, an annual Christmas show, and for performingContinue reading “26 Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos Capturing Everyday Life of the Rockettes in 1964”

27 Amazing Color Photos of Cabaret Dancers at the Moulin Rouge in the late 1950s

Here’s a series of amazing color pictures made by LIFE photographer Loomis Dean in the late 1950s, featuring cabaret’s dancers at the Moulin Rouge. It is there that where countless men and women down through the decades have enjoyed extravagant (and cheerfully risqué) song-and-dance numbers while soaking in the atmosphere of an entertainment mecca. ItContinue reading “27 Amazing Color Photos of Cabaret Dancers at the Moulin Rouge in the late 1950s”