Dirty Martini by Steven Menendez

Dirty Martini: Past, Present and Future

After over a decade of conversations with Dirty Martini – burlesque icon, New York legend and all-round tease genius – there is always more to talk about. More memories from the birth of the modern revival. More illuminating insight. More self-deprecating authenticity. More and more passion for her art form with every passing year. Read […]

Results: Burlesque Hall of Fame Tournament of Tease 2019

Live Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend results from the 2019 Tournament of Tease, including the title of Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque; Best Debut; Best Boylesque; and Best Groups. Stay tuned for photos and further reports.     Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2019 Frankie Fictitious     First Runner-Up: RedBone […]

INGA is crowned Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2018 at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2018 in the Orleans Showroom, Las Vegas. Photo © MC Newman

First Look: INGA – Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2018

Last night, in the Orleans Showroom in Las Vegas, INGA was crowned Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2018. Jessabelle Thunder took 1st Runner Up, with Elle Dorado in third place. Read full results from Burlesque Hall of Fame Tournament of Tease 2018 here. Enjoy this first look at our new Queen being crowned, and […]

Results: Burlesque Hall of Fame Tournament of Tease 2018

Live Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend results from the 2018 Tournament of Tease, including the title of Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque; Best Debut; Best Boylesque; and Best Groups. Stay tuned for photos and further reports.     Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2018 INGA     First Runner-Up: Jessabelle Thunder […]

Burlesque legend Judith Stein leads Darlinda Just Darlinda, Roxi D'Lite and others in a pool conga at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2015. ©Don Spiro

How to be Sad at BHoF

Last year I got dumped by another performer right before BHOF. What was meant to be this grand adventure together had turned into a solo obligation. The trip was further complicated by my going viral over wearing short shorts on a plane. During this already emotional time I was fielding interviews, hate mail, and strange […]

Alyssa Kitt competing for Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017. Image by Honey Beavers, exclusively for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine

Review: Miss Exotic World (Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017)

Tas Deville reports on the Miss Exotic World category at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017 Tournament of Tease. Here we are once more, sparkle folx: another year rolls forth, bringing with it another Tournament of Tease. As ever, it is my distinct honor and pleasure to bring to you my reflections on and reviews of the […]

Review: Best Debut (Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017)

Tas Deville reports on the Best Debut category at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017 Tournament of Tease. Each year, the Best Debut competition provides a glimpse into the up-and-coming heavy-hitters of the burlesque world, and this year’s competition was no different. In a dizzying array of styles, songs, and sequins, the ten debut […]

Virago Nation at the Movers, Shakers and Innovators showcase at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017. Image by Honey Beavers, exclusively for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine

Review: Movers, Shakers and Innovators Showcase (Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017)

Alyssa Kitt reviews the Movers, Shakers and Innovators Showcase at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017. The energy of any opening night is always electric, but the opening night at the Burlesque Hall of Fame is something else entirely. Friends you haven’t seen in years steal hugs and air kisses, you recognise people you follow […]

Shannon Doah in the 60th annual Titans of Tease Burlesque Reunion Showcase at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017. Image by Honey Beavers, exclusively for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine

Review: 60th Annual Titans of Tease Showcase (Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017)

Raven Virginia, the 2017 recipient of the Sparkly Devil Scholarship, reviews the 60th Annual Titans of Tease Showcase at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017. Red is the fiery colour of love and passion, which made it the perfect theme of the night! The entire evening was chock full of touching stories, love, and admiration […]

Ophelia Flame in the Icons and All Stars Showcase at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017. Image by Honey Beavers, exclusively for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine

PHOTOS: Icons and All Stars Showcase (Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017)

The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017 continued last night with the 60th Annual Titans of Tease Showcase at the Orleans Showroom, Las Vegas. Hosted by BenDeLaCreme, the showcase included appearances from Sassy Lassy Award winner Ophelia Flame, Dirty Martini (Miss Exotic World 2004), Jo Weldon (Author of The Burlesque Handbook), Foxy Tann and Wham Bam Nation (Best Troupe 2006), Frenchie […]

Musette the Mistress of Mischief, awarded Best Debut at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017. Image by Honey Beavers, exclusively for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine

PHOTOS: Winning Performances at Tournament of Tease (Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017)

The RESULTS are in! The winners have been crowned! Now get a glimpse of the performances awarded Best Debut, Best Boylesque, Best Small Group, Best Large Group, Most Comedic, Most Classic and Most Innovative. Click here for performance photos of Miss Exotic World 2017 (and Most Dazzling Dancer) Medianoche, Sweetpea and Sydni Deveraux. Winner photos provided […]