Burlesque 101: Costume Fastenings

Burlesque 101: Costume Fastenings

In a new series on 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, Burly Baker Jenni Fleur Silver guides you through burlesque essentials, reaching out to some of our brightest burlesque stars for their expertise and opinion. First up is a highly informative discussion about costume fastenings… Since I’ve dipped my toe back into the burlesque water, I’ve started […]

GLITTER CRASH: Burlesque Festivals, and how to survive post art-um depression

GLITTER CRASH: Burlesque Festivals and how to Survive Post Art-um Depression

The fabulous Penny Starr Jr. is back with a piece on why you should go to burlesque festivals, and how to survive the post-fest glitter crash… If you haven’t been to a burlesque festival, what are you waiting for? Being in one should always be an honour, but even if you are not in one, […]

Jessabelle Thunder's Hollywood Burlesque Festival Diary

Jessabelle Thunder’s Hollywood Burlesque Festival Diary

The luscious Jessabelle Thunder is your guide for the first annual Hollywood Burlesque Festival, which took place at the end of last year. Read on!   December 6, 2013 Dear Diary, Today did NOT start off well. A negative work review, had to take my car to the shop, and traffic EVERYWHERE! Needless to say, […]



Being in a tight economy can really take a hit on a budget showgirl or boy. Below are some money saving tips and some harsh economic truths. REPERTOIRE If you have a dozen acts but you’ve only been performing a year, that means one of two things:  1) you have the money and time to […]

Penny Starr Jr.: Navigating the Collaboration with a Costume Designer

Penny Starr Jr: Navigating the Collaboration with a Costume Designer

As we all know, burlesque is very much a DIY community.  Part of what draws some of us to burlesque as an art form is the ability to play dress up; to make a costume more than the once a year Halloween party or Ren-Faire or Zombie Prom.  I firmly believe that all dancers should […]


Penny Starr Jr: Burlesque Legends – Compare and Contrast Stripping from Mid-century to Today.

This weekend I got to do something that no one else (that I know of) has ever done: I stripped with my grandma. Yes, I guess in polite society, that seems very ‘Springer’ of us, until you know that my grandmother is Philadelphia burlesque legend Penny Starr (why I am a ‘Junior’). However, it is […]

BHoF 2012: Friday Night SHOW PHOTOS

BHoF 2012: Friday Night SHOW PHOTOS

21st Century Burlesque Magazine has teamed up with Orangeroads Photography to bring you exclusive and gorgeous photos from each of the fabulous BHoF showcases this weekend and, of course, the Saturday night pageant! The Titans of Tease 55th Annual Reunion Showcase was a magical night, inspiring tears, smiles, laughter and beautiful memories. Here are some […]

The Return of Tease-O-Rama

The return of Tease-O-Rama

“…I knew that I wasn’t alone, and more than that, I knew that burlesque was more than a fluke; it was a true revolution and we were the generals of this new army…” Dirty Martini Tease-O-Rama is, in many ways, the reason you are reading this right now, on this website. I decided to create […]

Penny Starr Jr: 10 Things You Can Do to be a Better Burlesque Dancer.

10 Things You Can do to be a Better Burlesque Dancer

Burlesque dancers all fall into ruts. We get booked consistently, put on a good local show, but we don’t get challenged. And then we see that out of town burlesque dancer, or go to a festival and see the next level. And I don’t know about you guys, but there are a handful of burlesque dancers that have […]