Burlesque

Fancy Feather: The Flourish Behind the Fan Dance

Jacqueline Chaton featuring a custom tip dyed feather fan by Fancy Feather (fancyfeather.com). Photo Scott Saw - Vixen PhotographyRead more

As any burlesque aficionado knows, feathers play a huge part in our history. Most performers’ repertoire includes, or has included, feather fans. The minute Sally Rand stepped out at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair and made her name, she popularised fan dancing for burlesque performers of the future. We recently caught up with Cindy Garland […]


Ursula Undressed: The Magic of Martinez

Ursula Martinez, starring in La Soiree at Christmas in Leicester Square. Photo by Prudence UptonRead more

Like the fabled, festive Coca Cola truck, five star smash La Soiree has rolled into London again this Christmas with a twinkling Spiegeltent full of sass, smut, surprise, and sensational skill. We spoke to one of La Soiree‘s most celebrated heroines, Ursula Martinez, as she marks fifty fabulous years of life, laughter, and lewd, nude burlesque brilliance! (Hanky […]

7 Brazilian Burlesque Bombshells Worth Knowing

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Miss Indigo Blue – Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2011 and headmistress of the pioneering Academy of Burlesque – shines a light on some burlesque treasure from Brazil… Although we’re on opposite sides of the equator, Brazil and the US have always had a fascinating cultural exchange.  I’ve been to Brazil many times, […]

Burlesque Showcase: Coco Lectric at Viva Las Vegas (Photos)

Coco Lectric in the Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Showcase, April 2016. ©Chris Harman/Harman House Photography for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. Not to be used without permission.Read more

Coco Lectric was radiant and joyous at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 2016. Her dazzling smile, sparkling eyes, sense of humour and captivating musicality made for a showstopping performance. Every performer in the Burlesque Showcase is personally invited by Audrey Deluxe to thrill the 30,000 strong army of Viva Las Vegas attendees (at least […]

Burlesque Showcase: Audrey Deluxe at Viva Las Vegas (Photos)

Audrey Deluxe in the Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Showcase, April 2016. ©Chris Harman/Harman House Photography for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. Not to be used without permission.Read more

Next, it’s the curator of the dazzling Burlesque Showcase herself, the vivacious Audrey Deluxe, at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender 2016. Every performer in the Burlesque Showcase is personally invited by Audrey Deluxe to thrill the 30,000 strong army of Viva Las Vegas attendees (at least as many as they can pack into the […]

Blackface in Burlesque. Again.

Janet Fischietto (not part of the act in question) posing with German performer Mele Kapunkt, who performed a duet with fellow performer Stormy Heather. (Blackface in Burlesque. Again. 21st Century Burlesque Magazine)Read more

Sadie Sinner and Coco Deville report on a disturbing burlesque act involving blackface which came to light on social media today. Not the first. We hope it’s the last. Ed. Sadie Sinner At approximately 2pm today, a burlesquer dropped a little box, similar to Pandora’s, in a Facebook group. “Am I weird to think ‘blacking up’ […]

A Note on Professional Conduct in Burlesque and Cabaret (or, why attacks on critics are an embarrassment to our art form)

A NOTE ON PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT IN BURLESQUE AND CABARET (OR, WHY ATTACKS ON CRITICS ARE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO OUR ART FORM)Read more

I realise we’ve already had quite a tempestuous weekend in the burlesque universe, but I arrived home today to yet another attack on a burlesque and cabaret critic because the performer and their friends didn’t like what they said. One word in particular, as it turns out. A professionally written expression of one person’s informed […]

Burlesque Performer: You Are Not A Sex Worker

Mary Cyn Headshot (Burke Heffner)Read more

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 […]