Pearl Russell fascinated audiences from 1895 to 1917 with her version of the skirt dance first popularized by Parisian dancer Loie Fuller. She danced in front of a projected lantern slide background of a rose or a butterfly, and accompanied by a live orchestra. She used two buggy whips to hold out the 130 feet of fine China silk in her costume. The Russells operated a Tent Show called The Russell Family Players which traveled from Texas to Ohio by horse and wagon. The troupe performed in a tent because many towns didn’t have a theatre large enough to hold the very popular events.
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