The DecoBelle Diaries

The DecoBelles are a historical dance troupe dedicated to faithfully recreating the entertainment style of the 1920s to the 1940s (the Art Deco Era)—a time during which…

…”Even respectable young ladies who did not flounce around on stage for a living, taking jobs as typists, telephone operators and teachers instead, still learned to dance for fun. They bought fashion and cinema magazines, inspired by the styles of movies stars and fantasy pinup girls, whose apple cheeks (both facial and gluteal) were admired by men as being “better than cheesecake.” — Dance Like a DecoBelle

coverFresh out of college, philosopher-feminist Kristen Caven fell into a strange world of historical dance where she could study 20th century femininity from the inside-out, baring her thighs in public as a bathing beauty/chorus gal/femme fatale in the time-stopping millieu of the Art Deco Society of San Francisco.

Dance Like a DecoBelle explains the insides and outsides of being a DecoBelle in the style of vintage prescriptive literature of the era (i.e. Alma Archer’s popular series from the 1930s, How to Be Smart and Charming). Rich with advice and memories from other troupe members (over a hundred since Esther Williams gave her blessing in 1990), it is sure to delight not only DecoBelles but Deco Dames and dancers of every stripe.

Unlike the pamphlets and booklets women once had to write away for, The DecoBelle Diaries (Future books include Dress Like a DecoBelle, Drive Like a DecoBelle, Drink Like a DecoBelle…etc!) are published electronically, one chapter at a time, until each book is complete.

Subscribe today for only $10 and receive semi-monthly chapters via email, plus a copy of the complete ebook when finished.


A Prescriptive Book for Ladies (serialization)

Decobelles, write to me if you would like to be intereviewed! Your colleagues are having great fun sharing their memories and feminine wisdom! You will be thanked both in and with a copy of the book!


The DecoBelles poolside at The Bellevue Club, 2016

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