Sydni Deveraux, by Kaylin Idora. ( Burlesque Performers: Get Paid. Stop Working for Free! - 21st Century Burlesque Magazine)

Sydni Deveraux: On body modification, elective surgery and the joys of changing your body in the age of the Internet.

A little post about body modification, elective surgery and the joys of changing your body in the age of the Internet. This was spurred by comments I see on Instagram on people’s accounts, Facebook, society’s response to Bruce Jenner, body builders, the burlesque community, debates over black women’s hair, etc… So I’m kind of 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 […]

Performer Contracts - You Know What You Want When (Khandie's Kholumn)

Performer Contracts – Know What You Want and When (Khandie’s Kholumn)

How many of us book those last minute gigs and the idea of sending a contract beforehand just seems too much hassle? Or how many of us actually chase for the signed copy (that can be electronically signed too)? Or how many of us actually use them? A contract is an agreement between yourself and […]

Isabelle L'Amour: Choosing a Burlesque Name

Isabelle L’Amour: Choosing a Burlesque Name

In a new series, Isabelle L’Amour shares her experiences from her first two years in burlesque. This week she discusses choosing a burlesque name… When it came to choosing a burlesque name for myself before I took to the stage it was hardly a difficult choice; I had been toying with performing for a few […]

A Phenomenological Analysis of the State of Burlesque, by Dr. Lucky.

A Phenomenological Analysis of the State of Burlesque, by Dr. Lucky.

Required burlesque reading, courtesy of Dr. Lucky. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. “I didn’t know you still perform,” a young performer said to me at BurlyCon in 2011.  I felt a twang of sadness, that feeling of regret that comes from finally beginning to experience the consequences of […]

Isabelle L'Amour: Over the Blue Moon

Isabelle L’Amour: Over the Blue Moon

In a new series, Isabelle L’Amour shares her experiences from her first two years in burlesque… February 26th 2012 is a date that will stay with me for the rest of my life; the day that I made my burlesque debut in a tiny bar on the Isle of Wight, on an even tinier stage, […]

Paco Fish: On Innovation and Community.

Paco Fish: On Innovation and Community.

“Who are you? What is your distinct contribution? That is so valuable; whether it gets you anything, trophies, doesn’t matter… The greater your contribution to the community, the greater your expression of individuality.” Rodney Mullen, professional skateboarder. Every time I think about innovation in the burlesque community, I think of Trixie Little, of her use […]

Nasty Canasta: End of Year Burlesque Self-Assessment

Nasty Canasta: End of Year Burlesque Self-Assessment

Nasty Canasta invites you to undertake an End of Year Burlesque Self-Assessment… 2013 Year-End Performance Review: Self-Evaluation (With thanks to the several naff business-form-online sites that provided inspiration and/or wording.) This Self Evaluation form is an opportunity for you to provide input into your Performance Review Process.*  The form assists you in focusing on specific […]

Lola Frost: Musings on 2013 – The Successes, Struggles and Sass.

Lola Frost: Musings on 2013 – The Successes, Struggles and Sass.

Lola Frost shares her thoughts on another year in burlesque as 2014 approaches… Last December I posted about my intentions for entering 2013 and my mantra being “I am a wild success” plastered to my vision board to be seen every morning and night. Being of the mindset of not making resolutions but of setting […]

Dangrrr Doll: 10 Thoughts on Burlesque Festivals

Dangrrr Doll: 10 Thoughts on Burlesque Festivals

New York burlesque performer Dangrrr Doll shares her thoughts on burlesque festivals and how to make them enjoyable and worthwhile for performers… Over the course of the past year or two, I’ve been pretty critical of myself and my art and have been doing everything I can to improve (painful rewatchings of filmed rehearsals, gluing […]

Imogen Kelly: The Fight for Survival

Imogen Kelly: Putting up a Fight

In an exclusive, special piece, Imogen Kelly (Reigning Queen of Burlesque/Miss Exotic World 2012) discusses her battle with breast cancer, the ongoing struggle for progress in treatment, and looking to the future.  Thank you Imogen for this candid, moving article. HM. (Top image ©Richard Just) October. Finally October is over. I can breathe out now […]