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Moulin Rouge Dinner Show

Listed under Visitor Attractions in Paris, France.

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A rouge windmill for the rouge light district of Paris, promising turn of the century saucy fun in the world famous Moulin Rouge dinner show, in the form of scantily clad dancing girls and culminating in the can-can, that staple of old skool erotic dance show. The faux windmill on the roof of the Moulin Rouge (moulin being the French word for windmill) used to attract men to the high class brothel underneath, the courtesans kicking the can-can until they showed more leg than underwear, and eventually no underwear at all. The notoriety of the dance was what really attracted the punters, especially after the courtesans were replaced by dancing girls, and the show got even more lively and acrobatic. Far from prostitutes, the dancers performing at the Moulin Rouge today are some of the best in the biz and have honed the iconic, but even now slightly risqué dance, to perfection - still done in frilled skirts and flashy knickers. If you ask them where they come from, they are as likely to say Stockport or Gdansk as anywhere in France.

As the bar raised from down right disgusting, to depraved and then just plain naughty, music hall performances from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Jane Avril and Edith Piaf were added to the dinner show, trading the Windmill’s cheeky reputation for a bit of their own glamour. These days it's a dinner amongst the thousands of opulent costumes, dripping in feathers and rhinestones, followed by a gregarious show by perfect leggy specimens. They’ll be some class in the audience, but also a lot of tourists looking for an expensive old skool thrill in this world famous Moulin Rouge dinner show.

Moulin Rouge Dinner Show Official Website.

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

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