One of her specialties, for more than 20 years, was a harlequin dance. (Her most famous portrait shows her in the dress from that work.) Jed Perl’s recent book "Antoine’s Alphabet" muses on Jean-Antoine Watteau’s fascination with harlequins; Santlow was Watteau’s contemporary, and her popularity was such that portraits of her in her harlequin costume sold widely on snuffboxes (according to a German writer in 1710). Another Santlow specialty was to loosen her hair as she danced - something that 250 years later became a device in several Balanchine ballets.
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