The Moulin Rouge is one of the world’s most famous cabarets, founded in 1889 at the height of the Belle Époque and still presenting a spectacle of music, dance, and drama. The founders, Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler, created the cabaret as a location where the wealthy and well-to-do could slum it in Montmartre, without really taking any risks. Its shows were (and still are) inspired by the circus, with acrobatics and clowns featuring along with glamorous showgirls and dancers. The Moulin Rouge was also famously the home of the Can-can, which was originally considered scandalous due to its high energy and the way dancers raise their skirts to give their legs space to high-kick. Some dancers at the Moulin Rouge became famous specifically due to their Can-can skills, such as La Goulue and Jane Avril. The Moulin Rouge has hosted many famous guests and performers over the years, including Edward VII (then the Prince of Wales), Maurice Chevalier, Edith Piaf, Ginger Rogers, Charles Aznavour, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and others. Versions of the Moulin Rouge have sprung up around the world, many featuring the red windmill that gives it its name, and it’s appeared in books, films, TV shows, and songs since its opening more than 125 years ago.