In 1889 the Moulin Rouge of the Montmartre neighborhood in Paris was the first “respectable” dance hall to feature what had previously been thought of as a “working class” and vulgar dance of the 1830s — The Can-Can. The Moulin Rouge cabaret was opened by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, much to the excitement and anticipation of many Parisians.
Montmartre is a neighborhood of hills, charming restaurants and shops. Artists have long been attracted to its bohemian charcter. In the past, Montmartre had a total of 14 windmills; Parisians could look up to “La Butte de Montmartre” to see which way the wind was blowing. Today only two windmills remain standing and they have also been converted into cabarets. The famous Chat Noir is another historic cabaret of Montmartre.