Shake Dancers Vs. Burlesque Dancers

La Bommie, or GLoria Howard as scanned from the October 29, 1953 issue of Jet magazine.

Some people take offense when the term ‘shake dancer’ is associated with African American dancers in 1920-50s burlesque-type entertainment.  And I can see why,  as many view the term as a separate title created and used only for ‘Sepia Queens’ — as the ladies were frequently called.   While there is little doubt discrimination was… Continue reading Shake Dancers Vs. Burlesque Dancers