Ann Pennington teaching Felix the Cat how to dance the “Black Bottom”.

The “Black Bottom” refers to a dance which became popular in the 1920s, originating among African Americans in the rural South. It was adopted by mainstream American culture  and became a national craze in the 1920s.

The dance was most famously performed by Ziegfeld Follies star Ann Pennington (1893 – 1971) , who danced the Black Bottom in a Broadway revue put on by Ziegfeld’s rival George White in 1926. The dance was first popularized in New York by the African American show Dinaah that had been staged in Harlem in 1924, after Pennington performed the Black Bottom on Broadway, the dance became a national phenomenon, overtaking The Charleston in popularity.

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Ann Pennington teaches Felix the Cat the Black Bottom (1927) via

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Ann Pennington teaches Felix the Cat the Black Bottom (1927) via

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Ann Pennington teaches Felix the Cat the Black Bottom (1927) via

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Ann Pennington teaches Felix the Cat the Black Bottom (1927) via

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Ann Pennington teaches Felix the Cat the Black Bottom (1927) via

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Ann Pennington teaches Felix the Cat the Black Bottom (1927) via