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Burlesque Festival Cast Quit Over Blackface Dispute

The Toulouse Burlesque Festival, produced by Florence Boué, and Stephane Lafage of Le Kalinka, has a cast crisis on its hands after a dispute over a blackface burlesque act. Eight performers have walked out in protest at the inclusion of the act.     According to information given to 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, local performer Fafa […]

Burlesque Costume Tutorial: Tricks With Tights

Burlesque Costume Tutorial: Tricks With Tights

In a new series on 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, fabulous costumer, blogger and performer Viv Clicquot shares valuable tips and tricks, continuing with Tricks With Tights!  (P.S. Looking for some stunning lingerie to go with those tights? There’s only one place to go…) The topic of today’s post is one of the very reasons I […]

New Orleans Venue Drops Burlesque Performer Due to Her Size. Burlesque Community Erupts.

Lucky Pierre’s Drops Burlesque Performer Due to Her Size. Burlesque Community Erupts.

Before I was fully awake this morning in London my inbox was filling up with reports from New Orleans about Lucky Pierre’s, which hosts The Blue Book Cabaret, produced by Burlesque TOP 50 ranking performer Bella Blue, who has invited such guest stars as Jo Weldon and Michelle L’amour to the venue.  Ruby Rage, a […]

Burlesque Performers: Get Paid. Stop Working for Free!

Burlesque Performers: Get Paid. Stop Working for Free!

It all started when I received yet another message from a newer performer wanting to get out there in the scene, wanting to do festivals, wanting to headline. Then I wait for it: again they are performing for free because they want the stage time and they want to make friends and influence people. They […]

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Burlesque Fan Dancing - Feathers and Fantasy

Burlesque Fan Dancing: Feathers and Fantasy

A history of burlesque fan dancing, from traditions and techniques to dazzling innovations.

Review: Best Boylesque and Groups – Burlesque Hall of Fame 2019

Matt Finish, Best Boylesque winner in 2015, guides us through the group and boylesque categories at the 2019 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender. Please check out our Burlesque Hall of Fame coverage sponsors Small Groups The Small Group category is always interesting. When the piece is limited to a duo (like all the small groups […]

Burlesque Top 50

Burlesque Top 50 2019 WILL go ahead after voting surge

Before the 10th round of the Burlesque Top 50 voting process began in November 2018, I posted a frank and personal statement that directly addressed 21st Century Burlesque Magazine’s global readership. I explained that I was seriously considering whether the Top 50 could or should continue, and asked that “if the poll brings you pleasure, interest, […]

Dirty Martini by Steven Menendez

Dirty Martini: Past, Present and Future

After over a decade of conversations with Dirty Martini – burlesque icon, New York legend and all-round tease genius – there is always more to talk about. More memories from the birth of the modern revival. More illuminating insight. More self-deprecating authenticity. More and more passion for her art form with every passing year. Read […]

Camille 2000 at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2015: 58th Annual Titans of Tease Reunion Showcase. ©Chris Harman/Harman House Photography for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. Not to be used without permission.

Camille 2000: Aggressive Art from a Lionheart

Sparkly Devil Scholarship recipient Precious Ephemera writes in tribute to burlesque legend Camille 2000 to mark her passing after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Camille 2000, ‘the Girl for Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow’, is an unapologetic woman with a particular kink for racking up legendary stories and experiences. No one could describe her […]