Friday, 8 June 2012

Wilson, Keppel and Betty's "Sand Dance"

This is a Vaudeville/Music Hall routine inspired by the vogue for all things "Oriental" during the late 1920s/early 1930s from long-lived American comedy trio Wilson, Keppel and Betty. This clip dates from about 1930.

According to legend, there were six Bettys over the years (formed in 1917, Wilson Keppel and Betty were still performing in the late 1950s) and they took their own sand with them everywhere they performed.

It's quite incredible just how long those street dance moves have been around!


  1. Wilson, Keppel, and Betty were British, not American. Wilson was born in Lancashire, Keppel in County Cork (then still part of Britain).

  2. What was the music that they danced too in the sand dance

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