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 […]

Dita Von Teese in The Art of the Teese tour. ©Frank Rodrick

PHOTOS: Dita and Cast Define The Art of the Teese

Dita Von Teese and her all star cast of burlesque greats are on the road again this summer with The Art of the Teese. In an interview with 21st Century Burlesque at the end of 2016, Dita called it “a glamorous but riotous two hours of show … with the biggest and most lavish production […]

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 […]

Dolores Daiquiri at the Australian Burlesque Festival 2016. Image copyright 3 Fates Media

Australian Burlesque Festival 2016: Adelaide and Darwin

Alyssa Kitt‘s epic Australian Burlesque Festival 2016 report continues in Adelaide and Darwin. Read Part One here. Read Part Two here. Australian Burlesque Festival: Adelaide Adelaide is known as the city of churches, and as we arrive it’s cold, overcast and rainy. Driving to our hotel we come across a shop called ‘DIRT! Fashion’ and […]

Alyssa Kitt at the Australian Burlesque Festival 2016. Image copyright 3 Fates Media

Australian Burlesque Festival 2016: Melbourne

The Australian Burlesque Festival 2016: twelve shows, eight cities, a bunch of flights, and a few long drives. The Blue Mountains, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Byron Bay, and Brisbane. Cue a month of madness with the Australian Burlesque Festival team, which included headliners Dirty Martini, Zelia Rose, Jacqueline Furey, MC Elena Gabrielle, myself – […]

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 […]

Roxi D'Lite 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.

Burlesque Hall of Fame 2015: Icons and All Stars

Kitten ‘N’ Lou here, reporting from the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2015 Sunday night spectacular! After a criz-azy ‘show-busiest couple’ style weekend, jam packed to the glitter gills (panel speaking, bowling tournament judging, legends night performing, and competing in two categories on Saturday, PHEW!), we filled our pineapple cups with tequila and settled in […]

Miss Glory Pearl with Michelle L'amour and fellow Naked Girls Reading cast at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2015. ©Don Spiro

Glory Pearl’s Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend Volunteer Diary

UK burlesque performer and The Naked Standup star Miss Glory Pearl reports on her experience as a volunteer at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2015… 21st Century Burlesque Magazine Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2015 Coverage is sponsored by Fancy Feather. If you consider yourself serious about burlesque, then a trip to the Burlesque […]

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 […]

Theatre Bizarre 2014: Through the Lens

Burlesque Queens at Theatre Bizarre 2014: A Fiendish Fairytale

Relive the unique spectacle of Theatre Bizarre 2014 – starring Roxi D’Lite, Dirty Martini, Angie Pontani, Julie Atlas Muz and Russell Bruner – through the eyes of flamboyant burlesque photographer Neil Kendall… When my burlesque pal Roxi D’Lite and I had an post-party chinwag last summer at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Vegas, […]

Jo Weldon presents GodDamned Women (Ft. Dirty Martini, Angie Pontani, Julie Atlas Muz)

Jo Weldon presents GodDamned Women (Ft. Dirty Martini, Angie Pontani, Julie Atlas Muz)

Join Jo Weldon and friends as they celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the New York School of Burlesque with all-star spectacular GodDamned Women, featuring a fantastic lineup of NYSB instructors, including burlesque heavyweights Dirty Martini, Angie Pontani and Julie Atlas Muz.  Jo Weldon, headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque and author of The […]