Entertainment in Paris

If calm and candlelight are not for you, Paris has many solutions for a night out of music and dancing.
Paris was Europe's center of entertainment during the 17th and 18th century, but in the 19th century Paris opera, theatre, ballet, and music exploded. It would see the birth of Opera Garnier opened to accommodate Paris’s new wealthy bourgeois population. While many went for the show, it was also the place to be seen. The Moulin Rouge, best known as the spiritual birthplace of the of the can-can dance, also opened at this time. Originally introduced as a seductive dance, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets at the Paradis Latin as well as the first striptease across Europe. Spectacular act by the likes of Mistinguette, Edith Piaf and Josephine Baker were ahead of their time.