1890s Dance Movies

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The Conjurer(1899)

1min | Comedy
3.1/5 (with 24 votes)

A film from Méliès has him playing a magician who does a few tricks including making a woman disappear.

Annabelle Butterfly Dance(1894)

2.7/5 (with 20 votes)

Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dances. For this performance, her costume has a pair of wings attached to her back, to suggest a butterfly. As she dances, she uses her long, flowing skirts to create visual patterns.


| 1min | Documentary
2.6/5 (with 29 votes)

The first woman to appear in front of an Edison motion picture camera and possibly the first woman to appear in a motion picture within the United States. In the film, Carmencita is recorded going through a routine she had been performing at Koster & Bial's in New York since February 1890.

Dickson Experimental Sound Film(1894)

1min | Music
3.2/5 (with 40 votes)

William K.L. Dickson plays the violin while two men dance. This is the oldest surviving sound film where sound is recorded on the phonograph.

Annabelle Serpentine Dance(1895)

2.9/5 (with 43 votes)

In a long, diaphanous skirt, held out by her hands with arms extended, Broadway dancer Annabelle Moore performs. Her dance emphasizes the movement of the flowing cloth. She moves to her right and left across an unadorned stage. Many of the prints were distributed in hand-tinted color.

Buffalo Dance(1894)

2.3/5 (with 17 votes)

Long before Hollywood started painting white men red and dressing them as 'Injuns' Edison's company was using the genuine article! Featuring for what is believed to be the Native Americans first appearance before a motion picture camera 'Buffalo Dance' features genuine members of the Sioux Tribe dressed in full war paint and costume! The dancers are believed to be veteran members of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Filmed again at the Black Maria studios by both Dickson and Heise the 'Buffalo Dance' warriors were named as Hair Coat, Parts His Hair and Last Horse. Its quite strange seeing these movies at first they all stand around waiting to begin and as they start some of the dancers look at the camera in an almost sad way at having lost their way of life.

Serpentine Dance by Annabelle(1896)

2.5/5 (with 8 votes)

Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs her popular serpentine dance routine. She twirls around, and as she does so, she uses her long skirts to create a variety of patterns.

Die Serpentintänzerin(1895)

2.3/5 (with 9 votes)

A young woman dancer with large, flowing robes, swirls round herself quickly, making her light robe flow around her like a butterfly's wings.

Directed by Max Skladanowsky

Italienischer Bauerntanz(1895)

2.1/5 (with 8 votes)

Two children, Ploetz and Larella, perform an Italian peasant dance.

Directed by Max Skladanowsky

Dancing Darkies(1896)

2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

"A company of little darkies showing off their paces to the music of the banjo.".

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