Behind The Garter Belt: Melody Mangler by Tanya Cheex

I met Melody Mangler years ago at the very first Vancouver Burlesque Fest and I was immediately taken by her fireball style and sexy yet comedic approach to performance. I wasnt’t the only one noticing as The Burlesque Hall Of Fame awarded her “Best Debut” in 2009 for her breathtakingly

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All the News That’s Fit to Strip, 11.29.10

Just because the movie Burlesque is now on the big screen, doesn’t mean the art of striptease will make a comeback. In fact, burlesque has been growing in popularity for a long time. “The movie has sparked mainstream interest,” says Cleveland burlesque performer Danielle Squeal. “But burlesque has been an

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Behind The Garter Belt: Anna Fur Laxis

Anna Fur Laxis blew me away with her clever Bettie Page tribute at The Windy City Burlesque Festival last April. With the amazing transitions from Bad Bettie to Good Bettie, I thought she was just the dame to interview for my costume column. You can check out her amazing act

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What To Do When You Faceplant on Stage

On Wednesday, I had a bad show. It happens. And as performers, we all must deal with it at some point. But it’s how you deal with it that makes the difference. Now, it’s not like I tripped and busted open my face (which I’ve done) or accidentally took a

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