Showgirl Chicago: Vaudeville and Burlesque at the Chicago World's Fair | Newberry

Showgirl Chicago: Vaudeville and Burlesque at the Chicago World's Fair

Led by Katrina A. Kemble & Rachel Michaels. One session. 1 - 4 pm.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Saturday, October 5

1 - 4 pm

Online registration is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $85
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $93.5

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Online registration is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Seminar Description

In 1933, thousands from all over the country flocked to Chicago for the World’s Fair. One of the most popular attractions was Sally Rand’s infamous fan dance. Sally Rand and her fans are credited with saving the fair and the city from financial ruin during the Great Depression. This team-taught seminar will explore Sally Rand as a cultural and feminist icon and the history of vaudeville and burlesque in Chicago in the early 20th century.

One session. E - $85, L - $93.5

Katrina Kemble is an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago and Loyola University. She has studied dance and performance in Chicago.

Rachel Alina Michaels has taught writing and cultural studies courses in Chicago, New York, and London. She now teaches adult education courses at the City Colleges.

Materials List


  • Leslie Zemeckis, Feuding Fan Dancers: Faith Bacon, Sally Rand, and the Golden Age of the Showgirl. Counterpoint, 2018. ISBN: 978-1640091146.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.