Dances With The Devil

Dancer and writer Wendy Buonaventura tells of dances which created scandals when they were first introduced.

Episodes

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0101Arabic2001031220000912

When Arabic dancing was first seen in Europe, the bold sensuality of its female dancers created a scandal.

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When the waltz was first danced in public, it provoked a huge stir, with calls for it to be banned.

0103 LASTTango2000092620010326

Born in the bars and brothels of Buenos Aires, the tango was almost banned when it reached Europe, its provocative movements seen as too suggestive for the public dance hall.