Burlesque: The State of Things

Burlesque: The State of Things

When I was asked by the editor of this illustrious publication to write a piece about the state of burlesque, I hesitated. My twelve years in the industry have witnessed huge changes and they are not all ones I feel positive about. I wondered if I was alone in feeling some things had gone awry, […]

Review: Best Boylesque and Groups – Burlesque Hall of Fame 2019

Matt Finish, Best Boylesque winner in 2015, guides us through the group and boylesque categories at the 2019 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender. Please check out our Burlesque Hall of Fame coverage sponsors Small Groups The Small Group category is always interesting. When the piece is limited to a duo (like all the small groups […]

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 […]

Josephine Baker Still Gives Life to Burlesque and Pinup Women of Colour

What things her gaze conceals, yet gives acknowledgement to. What horrors, yet what joys. “Josephine Baker” I whisper to myself before shows, willfully propelling myself forward, no matter the obstacles. Others say Josephine is why they began their careers. What exactly did Josephine Baker give us, give this world, for which we pay homage to her […]

Michelle L’amour Reveals Painful Secret in Emotional Video Statement

Yesterday evening, Michelle L’amour – Miss Exotic World 2005 and celebrated superstar of contemporary burlesque – unveiled a surprise video statement, revealing a painful disease she has lived with since childhood – Alopecia.

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The Feral Feminism of Baby Got Back

  The F-word has been front and center throughout the world and at the forefront of discussion within the burlesque community of late. With ‘Nasty Women’ and ‘Bad Feminists’ globally speaking out on important women’s issues, it has been amazing to see how the burlesque community has been combining political expression into our body of […]

Jacqueline Chaton featuring a custom tip dyed feather fan by Fancy Feather (fancyfeather.com). Photo Scott Saw - Vixen Photography

Fancy Feather: The Flourish Behind the Fan Dance

As any burlesque aficionado knows, feathers play a huge part in our history. Most performers’ repertoire includes, or has included, feather fans. The minute Sally Rand stepped out at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair and made her name, she popularised fan dancing for burlesque performers of the future. We recently caught up with Cindy Garland […]

Ursula Martinez, starring in La Soiree at Christmas in Leicester Square. Photo by Prudence Upton

Ursula Undressed: The Magic of Martinez

Like the fabled, festive Coca Cola truck, five star smash La Soiree has rolled into London again this Christmas with a twinkling Spiegeltent full of sass, smut, surprise, and sensational skill. We spoke to one of La Soiree‘s most celebrated heroines, Ursula Martinez, as she marks fifty fabulous years of life, laughter, and lewd, nude burlesque brilliance! (Hanky […]

7 Brazilian Burlesque Bombshells Worth Knowing

Miss Indigo Blue – Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2011 and headmistress of the pioneering Academy of Burlesque – shines a light on some burlesque treasure from Brazil… Although we’re on opposite sides of the equator, Brazil and the US have always had a fascinating cultural exchange.  I’ve been to Brazil many times, […]

Ginger Valentine at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend Tournament of Tease in The Orleans Showroom, Las Vegas. ©Chris Harman/Harman House Photography for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. Not to be used without permission.

10 Steps to Classic Burlesque Superstardom – The Ultimate Masterclass

Classic burlesque striptease, when done well, captivates and excites me as much as it did over ten years ago when I arrived on the scene. And yet a number of people approach me at shows and message me to complain about how boring and bland classic burlesque is now, rolling their eyes at the sea […]

Tansy and Leon in the Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Showcase, April 2016. ©Chris Harman/Harman House Photography for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. Not to be used without permission.

Burlesque Showcase: Tansy and Leon at Viva Las Vegas (Photos)

Tansy and Leon were the smash hit of The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend last year with their awesome duet, and they smashed it again at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 2016. At a time of peak saturation in burlesque, they have created something strikingly different and thrillingly fierce! Every performer in the Burlesque […]