History Lesson (Part Two): Famous chorus girl troupes

Many of our famous female dancers of the 20th Century started out dancing in the chorus line including Josephine Baker, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn to name just a few.

A handful of chorus girl troupes throughout the years have been especially famed for their talented beautiful dancers, precise dancing and spectacular costumes.

Perhaps the most famous of these are the Ziegfield Follies, Tiller Girls, Gaiety Girls and The Rockettes.

In each of these troupes the girls are matched exactly by height and weight in order to maintain the line’s uniform look and movement.

These physical specifications still hold true for many dance companies today – in order to be one of the 500 annual auditionees for the Rockettes you must have proficiency in several genres of dancing plus be between 5ft6″ and 5ft10.5″. No exceptions.

Here’s a classic clip of the Ziegfield Follies from 1946, including Lucille Ball – whip in hand!



And if you’re looking for something a little more modern, this second video gives you a great ten minute insight into the The Rockettes chorus girl lifestyle.


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