A lively, high-kicking stage dance originating in 19th-century Parisian music halls and performed by women in long skirts and petticoats.
- The Bluebell Girls - one of the last remaining companies to dance the traditional cancan - still perform at the Lido, on the Champs-Elysees.
- Another historic reference is made in Act III where the Neapolitan Dance becomes a cancan.
- The cancan, that high kicking, exuberant dance of showgirls, originated in Le Moulin Rouge during the 1890s.
Mid 19th century: from French, child's word for canard 'duck', from Old French caner 'to quack'.
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