7 Toxic and Troublesome Burlesque Types and the Tips to Cope With Them.

7 Toxic and Troublesome Burlesque Types and the Tips to Cope With Them.

The burlesque scene is bigger than ever and during your time performing you’re likely to come across lots of different types of people. Many performers find they make lifelong friendships backstage but you can also meet some toxic and troublesome types on your journey through the burly world. This post identifies seven of the most […]

Jo Weldon: 10 of My Favourite Things About Tassel Twirling

Jo Weldon: 10 of My Favourite Things About Tassel Twirling

Ten of My Favourite Things About Tassel Twirling: A Thought for Every Year I’ve Been Teaching it. 1. It’s fun to watch. It says, “Look at me! I’m having fun with my body!” And having fun is not just sexy, it’s the sexiest. 2. It reframes the meaning of mammaries. It provides a function in […]

10 Things That Keep A Burlesque Troupe Together

Folly Mixtures: 10 Things That Keep A Burlesque Troupe Together.

Liberty Sweet, a founding member of British burlesque troupe The Folly Mixtures, shares her tips for maintaining harmony on the road, in rehearsals, in business, and on stage. 1. Democracy If you’re running the troupe equally, introducing a majority vote system will save you all a shedload of time and strife. Pre-voting, it had been […]

Coping With Burlesque Rejection

Coping With Burlesque Rejection

Burlesque festival season is upon us, and the sheer number of events happening across the globe these days is staggering — check out this fantastic resource of international festivals compiled by Ri Ri SynCyr. Thousands of performers are huddling over laptops filling out applications, and will wait with bated breath to see if they’re accepted […]

Sydni Deveraux BQ Fit Tips #2: "Re-inflating a once juicy caboose"

Sydni Deveraux BQ Fit Tips #2: “Re-inflating a once juicy caboose”

Hi Sydni, I lost thirty pounds in the last year and a half or so, and went from a size 12 to a size 8. Unfortunately, a lot of it came from my T and A.  Do you have any workout tips for re-inflating a once juicy caboose?  I’m hoping to lose another twenty pounds […]

Sydni Deveraux BQ Fit Tips: A QUICK AND DIRTY GUIDE TO GETTING AROUND IN A WEIGHT ROOM AND MAKING YOUR FITNESS STICK!

Sydni Deveraux BQ Fit Tips: A QUICK AND DIRTY GUIDE TO GETTING AROUND IN A WEIGHT ROOM AND MAKING YOUR FITNESS STICK!

After getting so much positive response from my #BQfitTips that I post Monday-Friday mornings on my Twitter (@SydniDeveraux) and Facebook, I’ve been asked to do a more comprehensive bit on what I’ve been up to for the last year to get into the shape I have. I think it’s important to mention that I’ve been […]

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 boy. Below are some money saving tips and some harsh economic truths. REPERTOIRE If you have a dozen acts but you’ve only been performing a year, that means one of two things:  1) you have the money and time to […]

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 some of us to burlesque as an art form is the ability to play dress up; to make a costume more than the once a year Halloween party or Ren-Faire or Zombie Prom.  I firmly believe that all dancers should […]

Burlesque Performer Vs. Stripper

Burlesque Performer Vs. Stripper

You know the joke, right?  Q:  What’s the difference between a burlesque dancer and a stripper?  A: A stripper makes money. Of all the things in the world, why do Burlesque?  Sometimes, I’ll get an idea of some historic or cultural icon I’d like to see on stage.  Other times a song really makes me […]

A Burlesque Masterclass with Cabaret New Burlesque

Burlesque Masterclass with Cabaret New Burlesque

Full details below… Covering everything from music selection, onstage persona and presence, to dancing in heels and some good old bump ‘n’ grind, this is a rare opportunity not to be missed! Price: £45 Workshop Location 39 – 51 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1RT By Tube: The nearest tube station is Kentish Town which is […]

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, but we don’t get challenged. And then we see that out of town burlesque dancer, or go to a festival and see the next level. And I don’t know about you guys, but there are a handful of burlesque dancers that have […]