Beatrix von Bourbon: Doing Your Research (Part Two)

BVB: Doing Your Research (Part Two)

There’s so much information out there that it’s impossible to ever reach a point where you’ve read, seen and heard everything there is to know about burlesque. By keeping engaged with your art, you keep your ideas moving, you keep your inspiration fresh and you keep your passion alive. By sharing your research you also help to inspire others to do the same, to keep learning, growing and becoming a better performer.

Catherine D'Lish: London 21 - 24th February

SCHEDULE CONFIRMED: Catherine D’Lish: London, 21st – 24th February.

We are very happy to announce that the sensational Catherine D’Lish is coming to London again at the end of February, and you can meet and work with her by attending a group class, a costume workshop, or booking private consultation and tuition. Catherine is one of the most gifted and inspiring teachers you could […]

BVB: Sequins and Rhinestones

I’ve been creating burlesque costumes by customising off-the-rack pieces for approximately four years. The hot-fix rhinestone applicator was one of the first tools of the trade I discovered via the burlesque community. I must say, my relationship with this dangerous wand has been turbulent. Since discovering hot-fix rhinestones, I’ve also experimented with regular rhinestones (fixed […]

A Guide to Corsets, from What Katie Did

Katie Halford, the superwoman behind What Katie Did, has written a wonderful article on corsetry for beginners and enthusiasts alike… There is a lot of intrigue concerning steel boned corsets and how they will effect your body. I have fifteen years experience in working with corsets and whether you’re thinking about trying one, or would […]

BVB: How to Make a Fan Dance Your Own…

Many performers find that during their burlesque career, they are specifically asked to perform a fan dance. With the proliferation of fan dances on the circuit, it’s common to feel a pressure to make such an act your own by adding your own mark to it. But as often happens, one runs the risk of […]

BVB: So You Want to be A Headline Performer…?

I recently received the following question from a performer based in the Midlands, UK: “How do you make the jump from middle of the bill to top of the bill, it seems like an impossible glass ceiling?! I know myself and a few performers in the same position have pondered this a lot, be great […]

BVB: How NOT to Apply for a Burlesque Job…

The combination of the popularity of burlesque, the financial crisis and the growing popularity of variety events means that the competition for burlesque jobs is tougher than ever. Emailing event promoters to ask for work is a popular way to get yourself known as a performer, but it’s also a tricky task to get just […]

BVB: Doing your Research…

Introducing our Burlesque Correspondent, Beatrix von Bourbon, with the first in a series of guides and articles… Although that niggling voice in the back of your mind tells you that you really ought to research in order to develop your new act or general performance style, it can often be hard to know what to […]