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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Throwback Thursday Grizzly Bear

Throwback Thursday Grizzly Bear

The dance called the Grizzly Bear was said to have been started about 1909 in Chicago by dancers John Jarrott and Louie Gruenning . It was later made popular to Broadway audiences by Fanny Brice in the Ziegfeld Follies.

The basic step of the dance is an imitation of the movements of a dancing bear moving side to side. It is not designed to be graceful! Also, at some points in the dance the dancers would yell “It’s a bear!”

It is believed that former President Woodrow Wilson’s inaugural ball was cancelled because of his disapproval of modern dances such as the Grizzly Bear and other “huggly-wiggly dances”.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #:
“The Grizzly bear was an early 20th century dance.”

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Quote of the Day:
“And for Heaven's sake, do not wiggle!”
― Colleen Houck, Tiger's Curse

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