Advert for an Egyptian Dance Troupe
Medium: Print on paper
The form of dance advertised on this poster is actually what we would call today, ‘Belly Dancing’. This kind of dancing originated in the Middle East and Africa and was a kind of fertility dance, as well as a way of teaching girls to strengthen their abdominal muscles in preparation for childbirth. This troupe performed at the Chicago Exposition of 1893 that made famous a dancer called 'Little Egypt'. Often these dances were seen to be too erotic for Victorian morals and it was very risqué to stage or attend a show.