An Open Letter to AGVA Regarding The Rockettes

The Rockettes

The Rockettes have been booked to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. According to news reports, performers’ concerns over performing at the inauguration of a man whose views on women have been proven deplorable time and again were met with indifference from their union, the American Guild of Variety Artists. The below letter from our director, Dustin M. Wax, was sent to AGVA today.

To Whom It May Concern;

My name is Dustin Wax and I am the director of the Burlesque Hall of Fame (BHoF). We are sister organizations of a sort — BHoF was founded by Jennie Lee, president of the Exotic Dancers League (EDL), an AGVA section, as part of their 1965 annual meeting. From there, it took on a life of its own and was incorporated as an independent entity in 1998.

Jennie Lee founded the ...

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Applications for the 2017 BHOF Weekender are now open!

2016 Miss Exotic World and Reigning Queen of Burlesque, Poison Ivory

Miss Exotic World competition, Tournament of Tease, 2016 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, June 4, 2016 (Photo by MC Newman)

The 2017 BHoF application season is now officially open! Apply now to compete in the 27th Annual Tournament of Tease or showcase your act in Movers, Shakers & Innovators.

As in previous years, we will be using the fabulous online application system hosted on TroupeIT. Be sure to read the Rules of Entry and Judging Criteria, then head to and get your application started TODAY!

Did you apply last year? Use the same login to access the system. If not, sign up for an account today – simply enter your email address and create a password...

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Hours Change for December 2016

To facilitate scheduling as we prepare to move into our new space, BHoF will be closed on Sundays through the month of December 2016. We will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm, through the end of the year.

We will return to our regular Tuesday through Sunday schedule beginning on January 8, 2017.

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Send your holiday wishes to burlesque’s Legends

JL Pool Christmas

Once again, the Burlesque Hall of Fame is collecting holiday cards for burlesque Legends. If you would like to send a card to one (or all!),, please send them to BHoF at the address below and we’ll forward your sparkly wishes along to our living legends!

We want to make sure they arrive in time for the holidays, so please send yours in by Monday, 12/12 (so that we GET THEM by 12/17!).  

To send a single card, send it straight to us, addressed as follows and we’ll make sure it gets to the right person:

[Legend’s Name]
c/o Burlesque Hall of Fame
PO Box 580
Las Vegas, NV 89125

If you’d like to send several cards, send the whole package to “Legends Cards” at the above address — make sure you put their name and your return address on each envelope in case they want to write you ...

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A Message of Gratitude from BHoF


The Burlesque Hall of Fame would like to take the opportunity on this day of Thanksgiving to thank the people who make what we do possible. We are grateful this year and every year for:

  • The burlesque Legends who continue to inspire and amaze us with their stories, their contributions to the art, and their continued generosity in passing on their knowledge to new generations of performers.
  • Our members and donors, who provide us with the financial resources to continue the important work of preserving and spreading burlesque’s unique history.
  • THe BHoF Weekend crew and performers, who donate their time and talent to support the museum and give the world one of the best shows ever to hit the stage.
  • The BHoF Board, who work year-round to assure BHoF operates at the highest possible level of...
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