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Burlesque Fees If You Please

Ivy Wilde: Burlesque Fees If You Please

Ah, the F word. There’s a lot of mystery around the amount performers charge for their services. It is often a taboo subject; I have had people whisper to me how much they are getting paid and feel incredibly guilty about it, like they’re telling me their deepest darkest secret. So here are some things […]

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 […]

Nasty Canasta: Dollar Store Showgirl

Nasty Canasta: Dollar Store Showgirl

Is there any part of the USA yet left untouched by the magic of the dollar store? Be it the national Dollar Tree chain, the Crazy Dollar Daze! aisle of your local Legitimate Shopping Concern, or (my personal favourite) the random-mix-of-objects-involving-a-stunning-variety-of-languages-on-the-labels emporia that make up fully 89% of all retail establishments here in Brooklyn, these […]

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 […]

NEW YEAR MESSAGE: "I know not of these limitations you speak of." By Lola Frost.

NEW YEAR MESSAGE: “I know not of these limitations you speak of.” By Lola Frost.

Enjoy this New Year message from the heart and mind of Lola Frost… My greatest fear is holding back. The holding back of any expression possibly lost due to fear and the lack of courage to overcome it. The thought of not fulfilling my heart’s passions and letting them drown unrealised in the deepest part […]

Lola Frost: Sexy! Proceed with Caution!

Lola Frost: Sexy! Proceed with Caution!

by Lola Frost. There is a danger to the word sexy. It’s like a preloaded gun that someone handed to you to use but you didn’t ask for it in the first place. But here you are, finger on the trigger, pointing at a target and hoping you hit the bullseye. Sexy is subjective. Sexy […]

Lola Frost: Strip or be Stripped

Lola Frost: Strip or be Stripped

When I was eight years old, I told my mother I wanted to be a stripper. She looked at me with her young and caring eyes, wise past her years, and simply said, ‘Honey, whatever you want to be do it well, and I will support you.’ She meant every word and holds them true […]

There's No Such Thing as a Free Gig...

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Gig…

A thought-provoking piece from UK performer Miss Glory Pearl. Please feel free to comment on this article in the comments section below… The Burlesque Community; it’s an odd phrase. There’s no denying that we’re a reasonably small industry and that once you reach a certain level everyone pretty much knows everyone else, but a community? […]