21st Century Burlesque

21st Century Burlesque Magazine has documented the contemporary burlesque scene since 2007. Founded and edited by Holli-Mae Johnson.

21st Century Burlesque Magazine

21st Century Burlesque Magazine has documented the contemporary burlesque scene since 2007. Founded and edited by Holli-Mae Johnson.

Dangrrr Doll

The Twisted Beauty of New York City, Dangrrr Doll is a multi-award winning performance artist known for her stunning costumes and unique interpretation of burlesque. Hailed as "high concept" and "defiantly weird" by Burlesque Beat, Dangrrr brings classic beauty combined with pop culture savvy and a dose of heavy metal to the stage. A professional costumer by day, this NYC-based bombshell is the producer of RAWR! Burlesque and the brains behind NYCC's first official burlesque show, has toured around the world and can frequently be seen with Wasabassco and at New York’s famous burlesque venue, The Slipper Room. Dangrrr was listed at #34 in the Top 50 burlesque industry figures of 2014.

Ginger Valentine

Ginger Valentine is known for blending her classical training with raucous bump-and-grind. She is the 2011 'Queen of Burlesque' at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival, the 2010 'Best Tease' at the Texas Burlesque Festival, and was voted No. 12 in the Burlesque TOP 50 2012. Ginger is co-producer and director of the Ruby Revue, which performs regularly in Dallas and in Houston, and she helps to produce the Dallas Burlesque Festival. She also appears frequently at Bustout Burlesque in New Orleans. She is an instructor at the Ruby Room Studio in Dallas where she teaches burlesque and ballet classes. In 2012, Kitty West, the original Evangeline the Oyster Girl, passed down her legendary act to Ginger Valentine. Kitty West made the act famous in the forties and fifties on Bourbon Street. Now Ginger continues the legacy, performing this magical act in Bustout Burlesque in New Orleans. Ginger continues to put her passion and experiences into words for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine.

Holli Mae Johnson


Jo Weldon

Jo Weldon, commonly known as Jo Boobs or Jo Boobs Weldon, is a performer, photographer, author, activist, educator, and essayist based in New York City. Weldon’s body of work centers around stripping and striptease. She established and runs the New York School of Burlesque and wrote The Burlesque Handbook, the first manual ever published on how to create classical and neo-burlesque routines. Weldon is active in the burlesque community, contributing her knowledge and experience to projects and collaborations. Though she now works in the theatrical world of burlesque Weldon has never lost the influence of, and inspiration from lap dancing and strip clubs. She continues to work as an advocate for sex worker rights and freedom of sexual expression.

Kitty Bang Bang

A cabaret chameleon, Kitty manages to encompass both traditional 50s glamour puss and the electric energy of rock n roll. Originally trained in ballet and classical jazz, Kitty draws upon a twenty-two year acquisition of performance skill to deliver her highly choreographed and spectacular stage shows. Be it roaring onstage, breathing flames astride her custom chopper motorcycle or bursting out through her giant magazine cover in a Westwood inspired ball gown Kitty always delivers something polished, original and doubtless the evening will go with a... BANG!

Minnie Tonka

International burlesque star Minnie Tonka hails from the Land of 10,000 Lakes - that's Minnesota - but is based in New York City. Known as the One Woman Riot, Minnie’s theatrical, inventive, and flirtatious striptease has been dazzling audiences across the globe since 2004. Minnie is a multiple-time New York Burlesque Festival Golden Pastie Award Winner and was voted #14 in the Top International Burlesque Industry Figures of 2013. She’s the co-founder of Kosher ChiXXX Jewish Burlesque Revue, produces the annual Menorah Horah Hanukkah burlesque show, The Burning Bush VS. The Second Coming, and she produced and starred in Dangerous Curves Ahead: Burlesque on the Go-Go, the USA’s premier national touring burlesque troupe, and more. A solo performer who can be seen every night on stages across New York City, Minnie Tonka also performs as one half of The Schlep Sisters with Darlinda Just Darlinda.