Gallery view at temporary space

Re-Opening Friday, October 7th!

After a brief hiatus and thanks to the careful yet quick work of our staff and volunteers, The Burlesque Hall of Fame REOPENS in our temporary location on Friday, October 7th at 5pm and will be open until 9pm in honor of the 14th anniversary of First Friday Art Walk! Visit us at

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Performance Archetypes: The Half-and-Half

While I’ve yet to find conclusive proof of its origin, the Half-and-Half—in which a solo performer utilizes clever, vertically divided costuming and skillful choreography to create the illusion of a duet—has long been a staple of classic burlesque performance. Most commonly associated with dichotomous male/female numbers (like Zorita’s racy “Bride & Groom,” top),

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Exotic World & The Burlesque Revival

Comedian and burlesque performer/enthusiast Margaret Cho narrates this sneak peek of Red Tremmel‘s feature-length documentary about Exotic World Ranch (home of the Burlesque Hall of Fame from 1991-2006). Filmed over the course of several years–including the last five Miss Exotic World pageants at the ranch, prior to our relocation to

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Ann Corio

Ann Corio was born in Hartford, CT in 1909. At fifteen, she began secretly performing in burlesque as a chorus girl. Her Catholic mother resisted at first, but after seeing Corio perform she consented, “Just so they look-a, but no touch!” By 1936 Corio was a star in the Minsky

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Behind The Garter Belt: Immodesty Blaize

I’m not alone when I say I’ve been dazzled by the sublime opulence that are the costumes of international showgirl, Immodesty Blaize. Throwing out my usual questions for Behind The Garter Belt, I was honoured to be privy to Immodesty’s sketches for some of her signature show’s costumes and you,

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Behind The Garter Belt: SATAN’S ANGEL

When I saw Satan’s Angel perform her fire tassels routine out in the Mojave Desert heat in 2005’s Miss Exotic World pageant, I was speechless. This woman was Tina Turner and Mick Jagger rolled up into one fiery package. She is the rock n’ roll of burlesque! I’ve been fortunate

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All the News That’s Fit to Strip, 11.09.10

Katy Perry is a tease. In an article from People.com, she admits that she is a “burlesque girl” at heart and would prefer to tease, than to go completely bare. In other news… Burlesque isn’t the only striptease movie coming to theaters. A brief history of burlesque. Rachel Zoe shows

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The World’s Longest Boa: June 8, 2007

On June 8, 2007, burlesque performers and fans of all ages descended on the Fremont Street Experience to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s Striptease Reunion, with a truly once-in-a-lifetime event: a multi-generational, bump and grind kick-line featuring the world’s longest boa… performed live, with over

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