Lou Lou la Duchesse de Rière at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival, by Tomas Orihuela.

Meet the New Burlesque Queen of New Orleans

Lou Lou la Duchesse de Rière has been crowned ‘Queen of Burlesque’ at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival, in a classic burlesque contest where competitors perform accompanied by a live band. Routines sometimes last up to eight minutes and transition over two or three traditional burlesque melodies, which defies the typical four minute rule at […]

Bella Blue, Headmistress of the New Orleans School of Burlesque

Inspirational Instructors: Bella Blue, New Orleans School of Burlesque

As burlesque has grown, so has its educational base. The teachers of burlesque make a distinct mark on the development of burlesque in their respective regions, and often help students not just with performing basics but with an understanding of the history and business of burlesque. New Orleans performer, instructor and entrepreneur Bella Blue began […]

Jeez Loueez competing for Best Debut at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2014 Tournament of Tease. ©Don Spiro

Jeez Loueez “Upset, Conflicted and Angry” After New Orleans Burlesque Festival

Take ten minutes out of your evening to watch this brave video from Jeez Loueez, outlining some of her concerns after participating in the New Orleans Burlesque Festival. The following is an introduction to the clip, written by Jeez for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine readers. Please share your views and thoughts in the comments section below… […]

Roxie Le Rouge at the Snake Oil Festival 2015. ©Indulge Images

Eva la Feva’s Snake Oil Festival Burlesque Diary

Glitter crash is real. And it is devastating. One delayed flight home and a rehearsal later, I’m collapsed on my couch for the first time after my weekend at the Snake Oil Festival in New Orleans and it’s starting to wash over me. In twelve hours I will have to don a costume again — but […]

Exclusive: A Statement from Bella Blue, Lucky Pierre's Burlesque Producer

Exclusive: Interview with Bella Blue, Lucky Pierre’s Burlesque Producer

I have just concluded a Skype call with Bella Blue, producer of The Blue Book Cabaret at Lucky Pierre’s, regarding her decision to stop working at the venue and her feelings about the past weekend. As most of you will know at this point, burlesque performer Ruby Rage was dropped by the venue, apparently due […]

Burlesque Icon Dirty Martini Responds to Lucky Pierre's Incident

Burlesque Icon Dirty Martini Responds to Lucky Pierre’s Size Discrimination Incident

21st Century Burlesque Magazine reached out to iconic burlesque superstar Dirty Martini for her reaction to Lucky Pierre’s decision to drop burlesque performer Ruby Rage because of her size, and their public statement explaining this decision. Here is what she had to say. My name is Dirty Martini. Perhaps you’ve heard of me. If you […]

New Orleans Venue Drops Burlesque Performer Due to Her Size. Burlesque Community Erupts.

Lucky Pierre’s Drops Burlesque Performer Due to Her Size. Burlesque Community Erupts.

Before I was fully awake this morning in London my inbox was filling up with reports from New Orleans about Lucky Pierre’s, which hosts The Blue Book Cabaret, produced by Burlesque TOP 50 ranking performer Bella Blue, who has invited such guest stars as Jo Weldon and Michelle L’amour to the venue.  Ruby Rage, a […]

Havana Hurricane's New Orleans Burlesque Festival Diary

Havana Hurricane’s New Orleans Burlesque Festival Diary

UK burlesque starlet Havana Hurricane presents a New Orleans Burlesque Festival Diary… I fell in love with the city of New Orleans many years ago and after attending the New Orleans Burlesque Festival in 2013 I couldn’t wait to be back on stage at one of my favourite festivals once again. Last year I was […]

Elle Dorado: The Ice Skating Burlesque Queen of New Orleans

Elle Dorado: The Ice Skating Burlesque Queen of New Orleans

Elle Dorado, winner of the 2014 New Orleans Burlesque Festival ‘Queen of Burlesque’ competition, wowed the crowd with something unexpected but ultimately victorious!  Elle spoke to 21st Century Burlesque Magazine about her experience and the creation of her ice skating burlesque routine… I’ve been a longtime admirer of burlesque.  Actually, a burlesque dancer, the venerable […]

Michelle L'amour and Bella Blue spread The Joy of Tease in New Orleans

Michelle L’amour and Bella Blue spread The Joy of Tease in New Orleans

Born and raised in New Orleans, Bella Blue made her burlesque debut in 2007 and established The New Orleans School of Burlesque in 2008, which hosts weekly burlesque classes. She is also the Artistic Director of The Dirty Dime Peepshow, The NOSB Student Showcase, and the producer of The Blue Book Cabaret at Lucky Pierre’s […]

In Pictures: The Beauties of Bustout Burlesque

In Pictures: The Beauties of Bustout Burlesque

In an attempt to inject some thrill into your Thursday, here is a series of gorgeous photos from Bustout Burlesque on January 11th, 2014, featuring beautiful burlesque bombshells Ginger Valentine, Missy Lisa, Elle Dorado, Miss Miranda and Athena. Bustout Burlesque founder and producer Rick Delaup explained the format and commented on the January 11th show: […]