22 Jan '17, 9am

Interesting @NLB @PublicLibrarySG BiblioAsia article on the dancing girls of Singapore in the early 20th century

Dancers by Night, Benefactors by Day People whom I spoke to about the cabaret life would mention how the “lancing girls” were the main draw for the men. For as little as a dollar for a set of three dance coupons, male customers could take the girl of their choice for a spin on the dance floor. But, invariably, the discussion would turn to the most famous “lancing” girl of all time: Rose Chan, a former beauty queen and striptease dancer who joined Happy World Cabaret in 1942. When asked what was it about Chan that was so memorable, many would say it was her audacity to strip completely on stage, or to shock audiences by wrestling with a live python in her acts.

Full article: http://www.nlb.gov.sg/biblioasia/2017/01/02/beneath-the-g...

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