The Burlesque TOP 50 2010: No. 1

Well folks, the Top 50 has been excitingly close this year, but once again, you have voted in your thousands for…

Dirty Martini (©Don Spiro)

Dirty Martini (©Don Spiro)

Dirty Martini

(Miss Exotic World 2004 and Burlesque TOP 50 No.1 2009)

“No one compares. She is one of the most spectacular individual spirits I have ever had the privilege of knowing and will knock your socks off and blow your mind every time she explodes on stage. I love her, love her, LOVE HER!”

Amber Ray

Incomparable and unmatched in her vigour, vitality, warmth and confidence; Dirty is the ultimate burlesque extrovert, glowing with charisma, passion and presence. A neo-burlesque icon…

Despite her status, awards and accolades, Dirty is always so gracious and generous with her time and attention. She is the life and soul of every burlesque event (and afterparty!)

But beneath the dazzling smile, big hair and curves for days, is a sharp mind and an articulate writer and speaker – ready to dispense advice, commentary and opinion on a range of issues and concepts. Dirty is particularly outspoken about the mainstream media – the ideals and aesthetics it forces on modern women, and its distortion and suppression of sexuality and the individual.

In 2010, Dirty performed at the New York Burlesque Festival, at BHoF, at the Toronto Burlesque Festival, at the Life Ball in Vienna, at Neil Kendall’s Halloween Ball in Chester, UK, with an extra stop-off in London; at the Micca Club in Rome, with her fellow Queens of Burlesque in New York; and ended the year by performing in Dita von Teese’ sensational LA show at The Roxy.

Dirty appeared on screen as much as she did on stage. She featured in Immodesty Blaize’ documentary film Burlesque Undressed, and joined Immodesty and Catherine D’Lish on UK primetime TV. She was also the star of Gary Beeber’s documentary film, Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque, which premiered in 2010 and features many other well known New York burlesque faces.

Her most famous appearance on screen in 2010 is undoubtedly in Mathieu Amalric’s, Tournée (On Tour), which took Cannes by storm, and sent Dirty and her fellow members of Cabaret New Burlesque on a tour around Europe and other international locations. Dirty, Julie Atlas Muz, Evie Lovelle, Kitten on the Keys, Roky Roulette and Mimi le Meaux are still in the middle of a sell-out run of shows in Paris.

Dirty has a unique form, grace and physicality that takes over and transforms any space she occupies. Like many of her fellow greats that appear in your TOP 10, Dirty is also a sought after instructor and teacher, encouraging and nurturing excellence and self-belief.

You can’t help but gravitate towards her – her image alone has become a triumphant, joyous symbol of contemporary burlesque.

She remains your ultimate burlesque heroine…

(Click here to read an in-depth 21CB interview with Dirty, including some early photographs…)

Dirty on Film, 2010…

A wonderful 20 min. short film – ‘Dirty Martini’

Interview with Dirty – Cabaret New Burlesque, Nantes.

Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque Trailer

Halloween Ball – Chester, UK.

Noorderzon Festival, The Netherlands…

Halloween Ball – Chester, UK.

www.MissDirtyMartini.com

Dirty on Facebook…

Extra results to come – as promised! In the meantime, we invite you to browse 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, or join our Top 50 Facebook Page

Comments can be left below…

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10 Comments
  • LJB
    September 29, 2011

    Dirty, you kick ass! Thanks for being such a wonderful performer and not taking everything too seriously. It’s refreshing to see such a charismatic and amazing Burlesque dancer! Dirty has made me respect her style of Burlesque. Nothing Dirty does is trashy or raunchy, it is all powerful and CONFIDENT! NO ONE DOES IT LIKE DIRTY!!!

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  • Oosha Boom
    February 4, 2011

    My she-ro! I can only hope to someday share a stage with her. She’s an inspiration, a genius, and serious eye-candy, all rolled into one perfect, curvy package! Yay!

  • Geisha Go Disco
    January 30, 2011

    A fantastic Top 50, well deserved by all. Well done Dirty. You are an inspirational and unique performer. Two years running as well!

  • January 26, 2011

    WERK GURL! Love you so much. So proud to know you & be your friend and colleague. You freakin’ rock. xoxo MIB

  • January 23, 2011

    I HAVE LOVED THIS WOMAN, SINCE I SAW HER OVER 10 YEARS AGO!TRULY A GREAT FEATURED STAR OF BURLESQUE, AND SO JUST DESERVING OF THE TITLE OF NUMBER ONE! IT’S NOT EVERY DAY THAT A LEGEND SUCH AS MYSELF,HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THE LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP OF SUCH A GREAT PERSON, WITH SO MUCH TALENT, AND BE OUR BURLESQUE QUEEN AND SEX SYMBOL TOO!!!
    I’M HONORED……

  • TINK
    January 23, 2011

    Dirty, Julie, Tigger!, Michelle, Jo, Indigo and so many more on your list have been the coolest, most life-enhancing beings I’ve met in a long time. Thank you all for creating the beautiful, inspirational, provocative and more-than-memorable moments of life that you do. And thank you 21st Century Burlesque for bringing so much of them to the rest of us. Mucho Amore!

  • January 22, 2011

    YES! YOU WORK IT GIRL! Congratulations to Dirty and EVERYONE in the burlesque world! Dirty is, has been and will always be my numero uno. We are ALL doing something right if she is the top! Big Kiss to everyone

  • January 22, 2011

    Absolutely! Dirty is #1 – no question. She is everything you want your favorite Star to be: Glamorous, Hilarious, Intelligent, Dedicated, Gracious, and sooo Loving. She is a fierce feminist freedom fighter and the best friend a boy could hope for. She is a constant inspiration to me, onstage and off. I figure as long as I can share a stage & a conversation with Dirty, I must be doing something right.

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