2017 Weekender Recap by Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship Winner Raven Virginia

Our 2017 Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship recipient, Raven Virginia, shares her experiences studying with the legends of burlesque at the BHoF Weekender.

Raven Virginia on the red carpet at the 2017 BHoF Weekender

Raven Virginia on the red carpet at the 2017 BHoF Weekender

I arrived in Las Vegas in the blistering heat ready to take on the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend. It was exciting, daunting and totally amazing! Sparkly herself made one of the best guides for surviving the weekend and drinking lots of water was top of the list so I made sure to stock up before doing anything else.

I got back to the hotel and checked in as well as getting my weekender bracelet to get into the shows. Standing in line I saw some familiar faces including Canada’s Grand Beaver of Burlesque Judith Stein and legend Val Valentine who I escorted for the weekend...

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BHoF Welcomes New Board Member Melody Sweets

Melody Sweets (photo by Don Spiro)Please join us in welcoming Vegas-based performer Melody Sweets to our board. The star of one of Las Vegas’ most successful shows, Absinthe, Melody has long been a BHoF supporter and volunteer, and has frequently graced our Weekender stage as an invited performer. Her talent, dedication, and insight will be a welcome addition to our board as we move into the next phase of the museum’s growth.

A veteran of the New York burlesque scene, Melody currently stars as the “Green Fairy” in Absinthe. In addition, she has produced a string of well-received shows, most recently at The Smith Center, and released an album of original music, Burlesque in the Black. Her work has been featured in performances around the world as well as on MTV, VH1, and on TV’s The Gossip Girl.  

“I’m extremely ...

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CONTEST: Win tix and a meet-and-greet with Dita Von Teese! (Ends 7/7/17)

Win tickets to see Dita Von Teese

YOU could win two tickets to see Burlesque Hall of Fame board member Dita Von Teese, July 10th at the House of Blues Las Vegas AND get to meet her after the show!

All you have to do is sign up for our newsletter We’ll announce the winner on Saturday, July 8th.

Already subscribed to our newsletter? Great! Submit your email again to be entered into the contest. Deadline to enter: 11:59pm PT Friday, July 7th.

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Congratulations to our 2017 Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship recipient: Raven Virginia!

Raven Virginia

Raven Virginia (credit: Marissa Poirier Photography)

Congratulations to Raven Virginia, winner of the 2017 Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship!

As the scholarship recipient, Raven will receive a full pass to all four showcases and all Legends Master Classes during The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend at the Orleans Hotel and Casino this June 1-4, and will be paired with one of the attending Legends to act as her escort for the Weekender.

“I almost dropped my phone when the email came through that I had been chosen as the recipient of the 2017 Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship,” said Raven. “The work, art, and knowledge I aim to gain from this experience will be funneled back into our community...

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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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