Sally Rand's "Leda and the Swan" act

Who’s Who in Burly-Q: Sally Rand (1904-1979)

Not many performers come to burlesque after having had a successful career elsewhere, but that’s exactly what Sally Rand did. Rand started in the theater as a teenager in Kansas City and enjoyed some success. Deciding to make her name in Hollywood, she joined the Ringling Bros. Circus and traveled

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Raven Virginia

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. 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

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Egypt Blaque Knyle

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER: Tales of the 2016 BHOF Weekender by 2016 Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship Winner Egypt Blaque Knyle

As I sat at work contemplating if I should even write the essay for the Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship I remember saying to myself “Why is this scholarship important to you and you have never even met Sparkly Devil in person”? I stared at the computer all day just thinking

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Tessa von Twinkle

“At Toni’s Side”: Lessons from the 2015 BHoF Weekender by Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship winner Tessa von Twinkle

Along with so many others in our community who haven’t yet experienced it for themselves, I’ve been e-creeping on The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender for years.  Whether Facebook-feed binging, watching hours of YouTube videos, or partaking in the many other fantastic modern marvels of social media, I’ve annually soaked

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Novita

RIP Novita, The Pixie of Burlesque (1932-2015)

We are saddened today to announce the passing of Novita, The Pixie of Burlesque. Novita was one of the founding members of the Exotic Dancers League (EDL) in 1955, a section of the American Guild of Variety Artists (which Novita had been a member of since age 13) dedicated to

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Jada’s Testimony Re: Jack Ruby’s Assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald

Here’s an interesting piece from our archives, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963, and the ensuing assasination of Kennedy’s killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, by Jack Ruby on November 24, 1963: a copy of burlesque dancer Jada’s testimony about her employer,

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Longing, Envy, Lust, and Glamour: Lili St. Cyr at Ciro’s

The piece below is an excerpt from Kelly DiNardo’s Gilded Lili: Lili St. Cyr and the Striptease Mystique, released this week as an ebook for Kindle and other readers. Want to win a copy of the book? Read about our Gilded Lili giveaway below! On October 18, 1951, Lili stood

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Who’s Who in Burly-Q: Tempest Storm

For this “Who’s Who in BurlyQ”, we turn to Kaitlyn Regehr, burlesque expert and co-host on the Canadian and UK program “Re-Vamped”, PhD candidate in performance and women’s sexuality at King’s College London, and producer of Tempest Storm: Burlesque Queen, a feature documentary exploring Tempest’s life and her huge impact

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Dixie Evans inside the Exotic World Burlesque Museum, 2005. Photo by Laure Leber.

Dixie Evans (1926 – 2013)

The burlesque world mourned the passing on August 3, 2013, of Dixie Evans, “The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque”, the godmother of the burlesque revival, founder of the Miss Exotic World pageant in 1991, and Exotic World’s curator, director, and champion. This page is in her memory. We’ve asked Dr. Lucky,

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Vivienne VaVoom

Vivienne Vavoom: Spreading the Gospel of Glitter

The crowd began clapping, hooting, and hollering as the rev of motorcycles and Metallica filled the air. It was time. I was at Denver’s Erico Motorsports, there because I was dating one of the mechanics. And on this night, there would be a grand reveal of Ducati’s new all-road model,

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