Victorian London - Entertainment and Recreation - Dancing - Can-can

We observe that an indecent can-can dancer, sufficiently wanton to gain an unenviable notoriety in London, is now indulging in her repulsive pantomime throughout the country. Nothing less severe than the intervention of those in authority seems to affect these brazen creatures, whose prurient performances must be sowing the worst of seed among our youth; but the worst of it is that this disgraceful nuisance in no sooner suppressed in one place than it crops up in another. This pest of can-canism must be stamped out. Will it be considered presumptuous to call the Lord Chamberlain's attention to the fact that certain managers, those innocent bleatings were heard at the last granting of dancing licenses in London, are apparently again falling into an error with regard to their interpretation of the term dancing license? Licentious dancing is certainly again cropping up at certain notorious houses, and we would advise the Lord Chamberlain to go the round of the fastest theatres and stop the career of managers whom no number of warnings appear to affect.

The Penny Illustrated Paper, 18 November, 1871