Burlesque legend Judith Stein leads Darlinda Just Darlinda, Roxi D'Lite and others in a pool conga at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2015. ©Don Spiro

How to be Sad at BHoF

Last year I got dumped by another performer right before BHOF. What was meant to be this grand adventure together had turned into a solo obligation. The trip was further complicated by my going viral over wearing short shorts on a plane. During this already emotional time I was fielding interviews, hate mail, and strange […]

Josephine Baker Still Gives Life to Burlesque and Pinup Women of Colour

What things her gaze conceals, yet gives acknowledgement to. What horrors, yet what joys. “Josephine Baker” I whisper to myself before shows, willfully propelling myself forward, no matter the obstacles. Others say Josephine is why they began their careers. What exactly did Josephine Baker give us, give this world, for which we pay homage to her […]

Burlesque Costume Storage Guide, by Dinah Might

Burlesque Costume Storage Guide: How to Store and Care for your Burlesque Costumes

Behold! The Burlesque Costume Closet of your Dreams! Dinah Might is known for the immaculate condition of her high-end costumes. She acquired two of Catherine D’lish’s original, iconic costumes in an ebay auction in 2011, including ‘That Big Black Dress’ (Catherine and Dita Von Teese – who has a matching dress – even performed duos […]

Michelle L’amour Reveals Painful Secret in Emotional Video Statement

Yesterday evening, Michelle L’amour – Miss Exotic World 2005 and celebrated superstar of contemporary burlesque – unveiled a surprise video statement, revealing a painful disease she has lived with since childhood – Alopecia.

Alyssa Kitt competing for Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017. Image by Honey Beavers, exclusively for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine

Review: Miss Exotic World (Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017)

Tas Deville reports on the Miss Exotic World category at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017 Tournament of Tease. Here we are once more, sparkle folx: another year rolls forth, bringing with it another Tournament of Tease. As ever, it is my distinct honor and pleasure to bring to you my reflections on and reviews of the […]

Gin House Burlesque: The Roaring Twenties Revue at the Underbelly Festival 2017. Photo by Paul Monckton

Review: Gin House Burlesque (Underbelly Festival 2017)

London burlesque heavyweights Betsy Rose, Missy Fatale and Jolie Papillon have conjured immersive magic at The King’s Head members club with Gin House Burlesque, a heady evening of tease, tipples and prohibition chic. An adaptation – The Roaring Twenties Revue – has been brought to the Underbelly Spiegeltent to spice up the South Bank.   […]

Review: Best Debut (Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017)

Tas Deville reports on the Best Debut category at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017 Tournament of Tease. Each year, the Best Debut competition provides a glimpse into the up-and-coming heavy-hitters of the burlesque world, and this year’s competition was no different. In a dizzying array of styles, songs, and sequins, the ten debut […]

Le Bouge Neon at Underbelly Festival 2017, by Jen Pearce.

Review: Le Bouge Neon (Underbelly Festival 2017)

Le Bouge Neon, a “disco drama” created by Moulin Rouge dancer Fallon Dee and comedian Chris Fitchew which claims to “celebrate women, art and tease”, is one of a pleasing number of burlesque and cabaret shows included at the Underbelly Festival this year, all taking place in the twinkling Spiegeltent. The success of the production’s […]

The Roustabouts in Sublime Boudoir at Alder Manor. ©Sublime Boudoir

Sublime Boudoir: Burlesque Brilliance at Alder Manor

Burlesque star Betsy Rose reports on Sublime Boudoir at Alder Manor, which ran for two spectacular nights in New York in May 2017.  To experience and be a part of Sublime Boudoir at Alder Manor was a treat beyond my wildest dreams. As I completed my journey from foggy London Town to Yonkers, New York, […]

Dita Von Teese in The Art of the Teese tour. ©Frank Rodrick

PHOTOS: Dita and Cast Define The Art of the Teese

Dita Von Teese and her all star cast of burlesque greats are on the road again this summer with The Art of the Teese. In an interview with 21st Century Burlesque at the end of 2016, Dita called it “a glamorous but riotous two hours of show … with the biggest and most lavish production […]

Shannon Doah in the 60th annual Titans of Tease Burlesque Reunion Showcase at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017. Image by Honey Beavers, exclusively for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine

Review: 60th Annual Titans of Tease Showcase (Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017)

Raven Virginia, the 2017 recipient of the Sparkly Devil Scholarship, reviews the 60th Annual Titans of Tease Showcase at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017. Red is the fiery colour of love and passion, which made it the perfect theme of the night! The entire evening was chock full of touching stories, love, and admiration […]