Poison Ivory, 2016 Miss Exotic World

Becoming Burlesque

In 1927, struggling vaudevillean Rose Louise Hovick stepped onto a burlesque stage for the first time, transforming herself into the urbane, sophisticated stripper Gypsy Rose…

Lada Redstar Performs at the Burlesque Hall of Fame

Dancing the Revolution: Feminism in Burlesque History

Most burlesque dancers throughout history would not have considered themselves “feminists”. In fact, many clashed with the feminists of the day who were attacking their…

View of "Spectacular, Erotic, and Slightly Shocking"

Spectacular, Erotic, and Slightly Shocking: A Timeline of American Burlesque

With roots in the tragicomedies of ancient Greece, American burlesque first emerged in 1860s. Driven by the industrial working class’ hunger for entertainment, an individualistic…

Photo of bally for Jennie Lee's show at the Canadian National Exhibition, 1956. Image shows several female performers lined up next to a collage of images of Jennie Lee. A red striped tent wall is visible behind them. To the right is the show's talker, a man in a blue suit with a microphone. In the foreground, a man in a military cap looks on.

Bump & Grind Beneath the Big Top: Burlesque in Carnivals, Circuses, and Fairs

From its late 19th century beginnings in the United States, burlesque thrived both in the theaters and nightclubs of major urban centers and as a…

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