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I was a dancer at the Moulin Rouge from Dec.1986 to Jan.1988. It was the best year of my life. The Moulin Rouge was opened on October 6th 1889. It is 125 years old.This is why it is nothing like the Nicole Kidman film.The film is just a fantasy story. You have to be a classically trained dancer to dance there,and everybody works 6 nights a week. After you`ve been there a few months,you tend to go into autopilot a bit as you are so familiar with the choreography by this stage;you don`t even need to think about it. However,you still HAVE to attend rehearsals every Tuesday no matter how long you`ve been dancing there.Hence,I suppose,the reason sometimes the dancers look bored. But they are supposed to smile,smile smile [we always had to],and if not,then they are not doing their well paid job ...

I was a dancer at the Moulin Rouge from Dec.1986 to Jan.1988. It was the best year of my life. The Moulin Rouge was opened on October 6th 1889. It is 125 years old.This is why it is nothing like the Nicole Kidman film.The film is just a fantasy story. You have to be a classically trained dancer to dance there,and everybody works 6 nights a week. After you`ve been there a few months,you tend to go into autopilot a bit as you are so familiar with the choreography by this stage;you don`t even need to think about it. However,you still HAVE to attend rehearsals every Tuesday no matter how long you`ve been dancing there.Hence,I suppose,the reason sometimes the dancers look bored. But they are supposed to smile,smile smile [we always had to],and if not,then they are not doing their well paid job properly. I don`t like the last 2 revues with the lip synching. Our show[Femmes,Femmes,Femmes]had a singer,but I think she was paid $1,000 a week.It suits the management financially,I guess to no longer have a “star of the show” they have to pay ,and just get the dancers to mime instead. LaToya Jackson took over from the singer and was contracted to perform for a year,singing live most nights.She stuck it out for 6 months I think,bored of the repetition of having to perform the same show six nights a week. She left,and the Moulin Rouge successfully sued her for 5 million US dollars for breach of contract. The costumes are beautiful,but they are heavy,hot and sweaty.After the Can Can has finished you sweat so much but you have to try and stem the sweat as you are back out on stage for the glamorous feather finale. The audience wants to see you looking nice,not like you`ve just run a mini marathon so you try your best to stop the flow of sweat before going back out on stage. The can can is so painful and unnatural to perform that when you wake up the next day you can hardly move you are so stiff and sore,yet somehow,you have to put up with the pain and get your body fit and ready to do the same thing all over again that night. Making it look glamorous and refined,when backstage we barely have time to change costumes and frantically have to rip one off to get the next one on on time,then present an air of coolness and sophistication to the audience.If only they knew.Not to mention the constant fight to try and not get eyelash glue on your contact lenses,if you wore them,which I did. Or the eye infections through having to wear false eyelashes 6 nights a week,and not really being able to give your eyes enough time to “rest”. Yes,it`s a very glamorous life,being a Paris Showgirl !!! It`s also hard work,however simple the choreography may be. So,please bear all this in mind when you complain the Moulin Rouge is a disappointment and nothing like the film !

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