Burlesque Festival Cast Quit Over Blackface Dispute

The Toulouse Burlesque Festival, produced by Florence Boué, and Stephane Lafage of Le Kalinka, has a cast crisis on its hands after a dispute over a blackface burlesque act. Eight performers have walked out in protest at the inclusion of the act.     According to information given to 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, local performer Fafa […]

Burlesque Costume Tutorial: Tricks With Tights

Burlesque Costume Tutorial: Tricks With Tights

In a new series on 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, fabulous costumer, blogger and performer Viv Clicquot shares valuable tips and tricks, continuing with Tricks With Tights!  (P.S. Looking for some stunning lingerie to go with those tights? There’s only one place to go…) The topic of today’s post is one of the very reasons I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Burlesque Dancer Banned from Burlesque to Keep Custody of Her Children

Burlesque Dancer Banned from Burlesque to Keep Custody of Her Children

Disclaimer: This article was not requested or commissioned by the burlesque performer concerned and care has been taken to highlight this issue in a way that does not go against her wishes or jeopardise her legal battle. I was disturbed to read an announcement from Bourgeois Betty concerning her friend and fellow performer Ida Claire, […]

Race and Burlesque: The curious case of the performer of colour.

Race and Burlesque: The curious case of the performer of colour.

Race and Burlesque: The curious case of the performer of colour, by Chocolat The Extraordinaire. It was around 2003 that I started going to Lady Luck Club, an underground nightclub playing vintage rhythm’n’ blues in a dark basement in central London. It was the first time I’d ever seen burlesque dancers on stage and I […]

Stripper Talk with Sydni Deveraux: Bullies in Burlesque

Stripper Talk with Sydni Deveraux: Bullies in Burlesque

Sydni Deveraux tackles ‘Bullies in Burlesque’… ** Note from the editor: The decision to publish full or extracts from email correspondence is made on a case by case basis. All names and identifiable details have been removed from the following extracts. Comments will be screened to make sure that no one is attempting to name […]

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? […]

Dita von Teese and Catherine D'Lish (Partnerships Series)

INTERVIEW: Dita von Teese and Catherine D’Lish (Partnerships Series)

Introducing the first online interview in my new ‘Perfect Partnerships’ series. When I sat down to think about the burlesque partnerships that I wanted to examine and celebrate, two exceptional women were at the top of the list, and when Dita suggested the interview herself a short time afterwards I couldn’t wait to get started. […]

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 […]

Miss Astrid: State of the Union Address

Kate Valentine: State of the Union Address

A Note from the Editor This is a compilation of two speeches given at BurlyCon 2011 by Kate Valentine – creator of The Va Va Voom Room (1997), a contemporary pioneer, and one of the best emcees in the business. As Miss Astrid, Kate has been honoured to host part of the BHOF weekend since 2006. A […]