Penny Starr Jr.

Penny Starr Jr.

After spending three years making the documentary, ‘The Velvet Hammer Burlesque’, it was no wonder that Penny decided to pick up the mantle held by her grandmother, Philadelphia burlesque dancer, Penny Starr. Or, as Penny Starr Jr. puts it, ”You can only live with the circus for so long before you want to join!”(She and Penny, Sr. have performed the first and only grandmother/granddaughterstriptease act.) One year later, in 2004, Penny Starr, Jr. became First Runner-Up at the annual Miss Exotic World (Burlesque Hall of Fame) burlesque pageant. She has performed and/or instructed at a number of legendary venues, shows and festivals, including the Va Va Voom Room, Starshine Burlesque, Margaret Cho’s ‘The Sensuous Woman’, the Slipper Room NYC, Tease-o-Rama, BHoF, BurlyCon and the New York Burlesque Festival. A centerfold and columnist, Penny has also consulted on such shows as Chuck (including a cameo as a bachelor party stripper), ‘Castle’, and has recently taught tassel twirling to the cast of ‘Water for Elephants’.

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GLITTER CRASH: Burlesque Festivals, and how to survive post art-um depression
GLITTER CRASH: Burlesque Festivals and how to Survive Post Art-um Depression

The fabulous Penny Starr Jr. is back with a piece on why you should go…

BURLESQUE-INOMICS: THE FINANCES OF BURLESQUE, by Penny Starr Jr.
BURLESQUE-INOMICS: THE FINANCES OF BURLESQUE, by Penny Starr Jr.

Being in a tight economy can really take a hit on a budget showgirl or…

Penny Starr Jr.: Navigating the Collaboration with a Costume Designer
Penny Starr Jr: Navigating the Collaboration with a Costume Designer

As we all know, burlesque is very much a DIY community.  Part of what draws…

Penny Starr Jr: BURLESQUE LEGENDS
Penny Starr Jr: Burlesque Legends – Compare and Contrast Stripping from Mid-century to Today.

This weekend I got to do something that no one else (that I know of)…

THE BUSINESS OF BURLESQUE: defining ‘amateur’ and ‘professional’ in our art form.
THE BUSINESS OF BURLESQUE: defining ‘amateur’ and ‘professional’ in our art form.

by Penny Starr Jr. This post is coming, in part, from two articles written recently…

Penny Starr Jr: 10 Things You Can Do to be a Better Burlesque Dancer.
10 Things You Can do to be a Better Burlesque Dancer

Burlesque dancers all fall into ruts. We get booked consistently, put on a good local show,…