Ladies and gentlemen, there will be no encore. Animal rights activists have freed Bulgaria's last three dancing bears. Bulgaria was thought to be the last country where a shuffling bear was considered entertaining.
The terpsichorean brown bears will now 'cool their heels' in a mountain sanctuary. An apt turn of phrase, since dancing bears-in-training are forced to walk on hot coals to a drum beat to develop their moves. Ah, show business. Thou art a cruel mistress.
In other news, sensing an emerging market niche, China has stepped up its dancing panda program. In America, the dancing monkey program is well under way.