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Kitty O'Neil, 1855–1893

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Carte de Visite for Kitty O'Neil, dancer / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1877. Image courtesy New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Music Division

Buffalo native Kitty O’Neil was among the most prominent variety theatre dancers of the 1870s and 1880s. She danced Irish reels and English clogs but was best known for her “sand jig,” a shuffled specialty that epitomized the blend of Irish and African American influences on American tap and soft shoe dancing. 

Kitty O'Neil / Unidentified photographer
Kitty O'Neil / Unidentified photographer
Carte de Visite for Kitty O'Neil, dancer / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1877. Image courtesy New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Music Division
 
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Kitty O'Neil / Unidentified photographer

Kitty O'Neil / Unidentified photographer

Kitty O'Neil / Unidentified photographer

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Theatre Comique, program
Theatre Comique, program
Theatre Comique program, week of April 5 1875, featuring Harrigan & Hart and Kitty O'Neil / Unidentified photographer. New York. Image courtesy New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Music Division
 
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Theatre Comique, program

Theatre Comique, program

Theatre Comique, program

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