people were dancing the cancan
The cancan , that high kicking, exuberant dance of showgirls, originated in Le Moulin Rouge during the 1890s.
The big numbers included, of course, the cancan , but also a Viennese waltz scene with the dancers in flowing ballroom gowns and a big, big finale, with ostrich-plume headwear and sequinned costumes.
From the riot of colour of the cancan dancers' skirts, to the outrageous gear worn by Toulouse-Lautrec, costume creates visual excitement.
Another historic reference is made in Act III where the Neapolitan Dance becomes a cancan .
Women have been condemned for dancing the cancan and the waltz.
Entertainment includes cancan dancers and the music of Jerry Atwood and Sharon Montgomery.
The Bluebell Girls - one of the last remaining companies to dance the traditional cancan - still perform at the Lido, on the Champs-Elysees.
Opening June 1 nationwide and slated to kick off next month's Cannes Film Festival, Moulin Rouge stars Nicole Kidman and depicts the cancan and cabaret world of Paris in 1899.