The first Indian dancers to be seen in Europe were the Bayadères (Indian temple dancers), who appeared at the Adelphi Theatre, London in 1838. Audiences were familiar with temple dancers in ballet and Marie Taglioni had appeared in a ballet entitled Le Dieu et la Bayadère (God and the Temple Dancer) earlier in the decade. However this was the first time that real Bayadères had appeared in London. Audiences were familiar with temple dancers in ballet and Marie Taglioni had appeared in a ballet entitled Le Dieu et la Bayadère (God and the Temple Dancer) earlier in the decade. However this was the first time that real Bayadères had appeared in London.