What is a Chorus Girl?
It is hard to define the origin of the historic “chorus girl” dancer. Some trace the them back to The Ballets Russes, or to the Can-can dancers of the 1800s music halls. Others have even suggested the origins go back as far as the Baroque era to ladies who acted as backup actors/dancers on stage during the great opera performances of the time.
Bringing the Art of the Chorus Girl to Modern Day
Chorus Girls actually lived a hard life – many died young from alcoholism or drug addiction. They were constantly judged on their body measurements, pushed to dance long hours until their feet bled and with little pay, and faced many instances of sexual harassment and abuse in their daily work.
On top of all this, Hollywood historically (and in some cases still today) has had a long problem of whitewashing and pushing forward only white narratives on film.
As a modern “chorus girl” troupe, our goal is to be a more inclusive and empowered dance team than history has seen.
We welcome and celebrate all body types and ages (21+) on Sister Kate. We welcome all genders who have a passion for high-femme jazz-era performance and the classic “look” of chorus girl costuming to join us in our classes and/or audition for our team. We are actively seeking ways to diversify our company everyday!
We are also working to spread the education and historical awareness of this incredible dance form, which was created by BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Color) individuals in the early 20th century.
We are proud to be taking back this art form and carrying it forward for the next generation.
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You can also see how Sister Kate performs these types of routines by watching some of our videos!