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In the West, a fan dance (i.e. a dance performed with one or more fans), may be an erotic dance performance, traditionally by a woman. The performer, either entirely nude or apparently so, dances while manipulating two large fans, typically constructed from ostrich feathers.
In the UK, the fan dance has been used in the finals of the Miss Nude UK 2000 competition and in The Windmill in Soho where it replaced the tradition of nude tableaux and has since been replaced by table dancing.
In an episode of the Australian TV series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries set in the 1930s the protagonist, private detective Phryne Fisher, goes undercover as a fan dancer in a gentleman's club (Series 2, Episode 1 "Murder Most Scandalous").
- Faith Bacon, who performed fan dances in the 1920s
- Sally Rand, who popularized fan dance in the 1930s
- Flagging dance
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