Race and Burlesque: The curious case of the performer of colour.

Race and Burlesque: The curious case of the performer of colour.

Race and Burlesque: The curious case of the performer of colour, by Chocolat The Extraordinaire. It was around 2003 that I started going to Lady Luck Club, an underground nightclub playing vintage rhythm’n’ blues in a dark basement in central London. [caption id="attachment_17173" align="alignright" width="247"] Chocolat The...

Lola Frost: Sexy! Proceed with Caution!

Lola Frost: Sexy! Proceed with Caution!

by Lola Frost. There is a danger to the word sexy. It’s like a preloaded gun that someone handed to you to use but you didn’t ask for it in the first place. But here you are, finger on the trigger, pointing at a target and hoping...

Lola Frost: Strip or be Stripped

Lola Frost: Strip or be Stripped

When I was eight years old, I told my mother I wanted to be a stripper. She looked at me with her young and caring eyes, wise past her years, and simply said, 'Honey, whatever you want to be do it well, and I will...

Burlesque Performer Vs. Stripper

Burlesque Performer Vs. Stripper

You know the joke, right?  Q:  What’s the difference between a burlesque dancer and a stripper?  A: A stripper makes money. Of all the things in the world, why do Burlesque?  Sometimes, I’ll get an idea of some historic or cultural icon I’d like to see...

Miss Astrid: State of the Union Address

Kate Valentine: State of the Union Address

A Note from the Editor This is a compilation of two speeches given at BurlyCon 2011 by Kate Valentine - creator of The Va Va Voom Room (1997), a contemporary pioneer, and one of the best emcees in the business. As Miss Astrid, Kate has...