Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dances. For this performance, her costume has a pair of wings attached to her back, to suggest a butterfly. As she dances, she uses her long, flowing skirts to create visual patterns.
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A stationary camera records a smiling Annabelle dancing on a simple stage, a low barrier visible to her right. Her outstretched hands hold the edges of her wide skirt, which she moves in figures as she kicks and turns. On her back are wings, on her head a tiara of butterfly wings. The pattern on the front of her dress also suggests a butterfly. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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America's First Blockbuster
11 September 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Even before the Great Train Robbery, the Annabelle Dances were the first big motion pictures in America. Just starting to make its way into the major cities, Annabelle Dances amazed its audience with the movement and added spray color to the images. Deep down, all it was, was a woman (Annabelle) dancing on stage with a crazy butterfly like costume. The world was dazzled by the new invention called cinema.


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