Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Taxi Dancers

Hankering to do the jitterbug but don't have a partner? Does your significant other have two left feet? Single?
Why not hire yourself a 'taxi dancer'. A long-lost profession that is now enjoying a revival, it turns out many people will pay to be twirled properly on the dance floor.

The term 'taxi dancer' originates from the 1920s and is derived from the fact that a dancer's pay is proportional to the amount of time spent with a patron, like that of a taxi driver. For example, in Berlin between the two world wars, ousted aristocrats and jobless army officers with posh manners began earning money spinning ladies in the city's many dance halls. Apparently, Hollywood director Billy Wilder, allegedly worked as a taxi dancer in Berlin for several months in 1926 whe he was 20 years old.

Everyone enjoys seeing professional dancers. Although the hit show 'So You Think You Can Dance?' mostly demonstrates modern street-style dancing, there are many folks who prefer parquet floors to hammering techno beats.  In some European cities, there is a need for professional dancers for hire. Genteel, fetching and dazzling on their feet, these men and women offer their services on the dance floor for anywhere between an hour and an evening, depending on how much you are willing to pay.

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