Portrait of Bobbie Tremaine
Like Ruth St. Denis, Bothwell Browne, and many other performers of the era, dancer and songwriter Bobbie Tremaine used exotic costumes and dances associated with foreign cultures to heighten her appeal to American audiences. In 1921, Tremaine wrote a serialized story entitled "Confessions of a Dancer," a greatly romanticized tale chronicling her encounters with Eastern cultures. A portion of the story appeared in Physical Culture Magazine alongside photographs of Tremaine in what were termed "Hindoo" dance poses. Here, Tremaine performs the hula, a Hawaiian Islander dance that became increasingly common in American popular culture as tourism to Hawaii increased in the 1910s and 1920s.