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God Save our Bareskin

Crazy Horses Guards

Crazy Horses Guards In the loge boxes, sheltered from view, the excitement mounts.

“Ladies, you’re on in five minutes!”

The countdown has started, not one second to lose!

The dancers line up in the narrow corridors leading to the stage and take their places in their box.

The first act, the house’s most famous, is all set.

The magic can now begin; the curtain is about to go up… The show “Désirs”, staged by Philippe Decouflé, is about to begin.

Twelve beauties, in high boots and Bearskin Hats, Royal horse guards with a twist, marching in military step, looking neither left nor right, in a strictly regimented, superbly timed, number.

God Save our Bareskin at Crazy Horse Paris


This world-famous opening scene is the trademark of the house and has opened every Crazy Horse show since 1989.

Born of an idea by Alain Bernardin during a trip to London in the company of Lova Moor, “God Save our Bareskin” is a nod by the founder of the Crazy to power games, which he gently mocks in the uniform he makes his dancers wear, scantily clad and with perfect bodies.

Hence the pun on the word Bearskin, the name of the hat of the English royal guards, literally “skin of a bear” and Bareskin meaning bare, naked skin.

To create this opening number, Alain Bernardin brought an authentic British Royal Guard officer from British Army to Paris, who rehearsed the dancers and taught them the rhythm of the steps and about maintaining a military “bearing”.

The choreographer Molly Molloy, who worked with Arielle Dombasle among others during her time on the stage of the Crazy in 2007, contributed to the creation of this act, whose original music was created by the famous composer Jacques Morali.

This is one of the most legendary numbers but also one of the hardest to learn for any new Crazy recruit.

An iconic number

“God Save our Bareskin is to the Crazy Horse what the black dress is for Chanel. It has opened the show for over 25 years. This act has become the icon of the cabaret”, says Andrée Deissenberg, Chief Creative Officer.

A unique parade of identical beauties that takes place every evening… in the finest Crazy tradition.



  • Chaque année, les danseuses du Crazy Horse utilisent 250 paires de bas, 500 litres de maquillage et 300 tubes de rouge « Crazy ».

  • Chaque danseuse est baptisée d’un nom de scène lors de son entrée au Crazy Horse.

  • Two Crazy Girls modelled for David Lynch’s “Fetish” photo series

  • Internationally acclaimed corsetiere Poupie Cadolle, whose grandmother invented the bra, designed the corsets for « Red Shoes ».

  • The cabaret is considered a national monument in France. It is a cultural phenomenon and part of the national heritage.

  • All dancers are classically trained. It takes three to five month of hard work to transform a classical dancer into a Crazy Girl.

  • Inauguré le 21 septembre 2009, le show “Désirs” est signé Philippe Decouflé et Ali Mahdavi.

  • Hilton McConnico a crée la première affiche du spectacle “Désirs” en 2009.

  • More than 30 dancers currently work with Crazy Horse Paris.

  • At least six pairs of shoes are tailor made for each dancer.

  • Deux danseuses du Crazy Horse ont été les modèles pour David Lynch pour son projet « Fetish », en collaboration avec Christian Louboutin.

  • La voix féminine sur la bande son du numéro “Spoutnik” appartient à la danseuse Fiamma Rosa.

  • Poupie Cadolle a crée les corsets de « Red Shoes ».

  • Celebrity shoe creator Christian Louboutin designed the red-soled shoes for many acts including “Teasing”, “Rougir de Désirs” and “Upside Down”.

  • Le nom du cabaret parisien est en hommage au chef Sioux Crazy Horse.

  • Christian Louboutin a dessiné les souliers d’une majorité de tableaux dont « Teasing », « Rougir de Désir » et « Upside Down ».

  • La 1ère Guest Star dans l’histoire du Crazy Horse est Dita Von Teese en octobre 2006.

  • Crazy Horse Paris was founded by Alain Bernardin in 1951 and has been an illustrious cabaret ever since.

  • Fifi Chachnil signe la tenue de la PDGère dans « Crisis ! What Crisis ? »

  • 300 “Crazy Red” lipsticks are used each year by Crazy Horse Paris’ dancers.