Jean Idelle with her feather fans
“Jean Idelle was one of the most sort after Exotic Dancers of her time. Ms. Idelle studied dance at the Katherine Dunham School of Dance in New York City. After a brief stint in Dunham’s experiemental troupe, Ms. Idelle was discovered and made a headliner for Minsky’s Burlesque Shows between 1950 to 1964. Ms. Idelle made her mark by performing in White and Black Shows across the U.S. and Canada. Ms. Idelle’s legacy was that she broke the color barrier in many night clubs across the U.S. and Canada. “
A short clip from Burlesque in Harlem (1949)
Musical revue film directed by William D. Alexander features a cast of dancers, singers, and comedians in variety acts.
Film stars Dewey ‘Pigmeat’ Markham, George Wilshire, Vivian Harris, Princess Dorsey, Dick Barrow, and Betty Taylor and her Taylorettes.
more film clips at Museum of African American Cinema
Some more Baby Scruggs, why not?!
American showgirl Baby Scruggs as she appears in the revue ‘From Paris To Piccadilly’, at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London, 25th April 1952. Photograph by George Konig.