Although the first “girl dance” in its present form was performed in Paris…
Tthe United States soon were ahead.
While in France the most popular kind of dance were can-can and burlesque, in USA all the kinds of exotic dance was developing:
belly dance, dance on the table (the prototype of striptese) and other original performances.
The greatest number of places with this kind of dance was opened in New York, although the west coast, San Francisco, tried to keep up.
Each dancer necessarily had to have a pseudonym, and quite often, and her unique costume. Most of the photographs are made in the last decade of the XIX-th century.
Oh… this girl dance of last century !