Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hoofer n.

[hoof n.]

(US) a dancer of either sex; a chorus-girl or chorus-boy.

[US]Sun (NY) 14 Nov. 61/1: The hoofers have unanimously decided that the old stuff will do no longer. The one steppers have been put on the shelf.
[US]Morn. Tulsa Daily World (OK) 21 May 50/4: Hoofers are just as refined as waitresses, usherettes, duchesses or evn manicures.
[US]F. Borden ‘Guns of Gangland’ Gangster Stories Dec. [Internet] A slim, palefaced youth, one of Martelli’s hoofers.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Dream Street Rose’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 47: In this street you see burlesque dolls, and hoofers.
[UK]News of the World 11 June 6: A down-town chorus hoofer.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 208: A good friend of mine, a fine hoofer who was having trouble getting bookings.
[US]Mad mag. Jul.–Aug. 4: Burlesque. Our girls belong to FLESH: Follies League Employing Sexy Hoofers.
[US]L. Bruce How to Talk Dirty 33: The hoofer had originally bought it from a drag queen.
[UK]P. Theroux Picture Palace 171: He’s a hoofer at heart.
[US]J. Wambaugh Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 291: Hey, it’s Fred [...] Pipes aren’t quite as good as old Harry Bright’s, but not so bad for a hoofer.
[UK]D. Farson Never a Normal Man 117: He had started as a ‘hoofer’ in vaudeville.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Mystery Bay Blues 62: Grace was a bit of a hoofer with a few vodkas uner her belt. She shook her boobs and shimmied.
[UK]Juha ‘Polari’ [lyrics] on Polari [album] Beach in the screech. Alamo jo! / This dizzy hoofer gonna dowry jeebo. / Varda me fatcha, meshigner bona. / Savvy you gettin fericadooza.
[UK]Guardian G2 8 Aug. [Internet] The story is not a million miles from the hoofers in Strictly Ballroom.