Go-Go dancing is mostly for female go-go dancers who are employed to entertain crowds. They mix different styles of dancing, like salsa, jazz, and hip-hop into their own sexy style, and usually perform on platforms and tables in clubs and casinos. They wear particular go-go dance clothes – bright sexy clothing like lingerie, costumes, and shiny go-go boots – that will attract attention.
Go-go dancing originated in the early 1960s when female go-go dancers at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City began to get up on tables and dance the twist. So night club promoters in the mid 1960s conceived the idea of hiring them on a regular basis. In 1965, the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles was the first club to have go-go dancing cages suspended from the ceiling. Some clubs later replaced their go-go dancers with burlesque dancers and striptease dancers.
Go-go dancers right away started to appear on TV shows. NBC’s Hullabaloo and ABC’s Shindig! used caged go-go dancers in their musical variety series. They are still used in TV shows around the world, like the Sex Bomb Girls and the Viva Hotbabes from the Philippines. Aside from nightclubs, casinos, and TV shows, go-go dancers are also hired to be in music videos or to perform in the background during live music shows.
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