Bella Blue, Headmistress of the New Orleans School of Burlesque

Inspirational Instructors: Bella Blue, New Orleans School of Burlesque

As burlesque has grown, so has its educational base. The teachers of burlesque make a distinct mark on the development of burlesque in their respective regions, and often help students not just with performing basics but with an understanding of the history and business of burlesque. New Orleans performer, instructor and entrepreneur Bella Blue began […] Read more…

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Burlesque TOP 50 2015: Non-Performing Charts

Deepest apologies are offered for the delay on releasing the Burlesque TOP 50 2015 Non-Performing charts. The Burlesque TOP 50 always encourages votes for non-performing burlesque figures because their influence and contribution is just as important as the performers. This year there is a TOP 10 Non-Performing Women and a TOP 10 Non-Performing Men list, as […] Read more…

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Burlesque Hall of Fame Line-Up 2016: A Pre-Announcement Statement

We’re pleased to announce that application results for The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender 2016 will be coming out soon. With hundreds of applications from performers around the world, there will be plenty of joy but, of course, disappointment as well. We encourage everyone who submitted to feel proud of their efforts, and we thank […] Read more…

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What Katie Did Questions Need For International Women’s Day. Keeps Digging.

The founder of retro lingerie brand What Katie Did decided to celebrate International Women’s Day by blowing off both of her feet with a shotgun on social media. “#inspiringwomen – yes!” she began. “But do we really need #InternationalWomensDay? At What Katie Did we’re to (sic) busy #WomenJustGettingOnWithItDay” The tweet received a flurry of reactions, […] Read more…

Dita Von Teese at Crazy Horse Paris 2016, by Ali Mahdavi

Dita Von Teese: Making Her Mark

Since our previous interviews in 2012, Dita Von Teese’s career has been a breathtaking trajectory of achievements and appearances, and I felt it was high time I checked in. We had a lot to discuss: a new, glossy tome of beauty advice and philosophy, a purring vinyl record, an upcoming return to Crazy Horse Paris and a […] Read more…

Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover, by Marco Felix.

Cocktails, Costume and Concept with Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover

Burlesque costume queen Viv Clicquot sat down with Burlesque TOP 50 No. 1 2015 Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover – aka Kitten ‘n’ Lou – for cocktails and costume chat… “So tell me. Who and what are you wearing?!”  Showing up as nothing less than their usual and inimitable glorious selves, I interviewed the […] Read more…

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Burlesque Performer: You Are Not A Sex Worker

Introducing a guest post from Mary Cyn. Feel free to share your view on this topic in the comments section below. Years ago, my former boss went to a burlesque show. He ended up talking to the host of the show later that night. The host was an activist type, who sometimes gets a bit […] Read more…

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