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Join us July 5 for Liber-TEASE!

Jessabelle ThunderThe Burlesque Hall of Fame is proud to present its Independence Day weekend show Liber-TEASE! In partnership with Ron Decar’s Event Center, the show will feature top burlesque performers from Las Vegas and beyond, including the 2018 Miss Exotic World Runner-up Jessebelle Thunder, performing alongside legends of the classic burlesque era, Tiffany Carter and Gina BonBon.

“Burlesque has always been a celebration of our liberties,” says BHoF Executive Director Dustin M. Wax. “Since its earliest days, burlesque has pushed the limits of freedom of speech, freedom of artistic expression, freedom to do with one’s body as one wishes. What better way to celebrate our Independence Day than with a burlesque show?”

The lineup includes:

  • Blanche DeBris, An American Treasure
  • Bettina May, The ...
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“Putting the Sin in Sin City: 60 Years of Burlesque in Las Vegas” at Clark County Library on March 20

Putting the Sin in Sin City flyerPlease join us in the theater at the Clark County Library, 1401 E Flamingo Rd, at 7pm, Thursday, march 20, for an exciting panel discussion on the past, present, and future of burlesque on Las Vegas.

Las Vegas is the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” and for decades, “entertainment” in Las Vegas meant burlesque. From Harold Minsky’s first revues at the Dunes, to Lili St. Cyr’s residency at the El Rancho, and through the glamour years of the 1970s, visitors to Vegas took in some of burlesque’s greatest stars.

Learn about the history of burlesque in Las Vegas from the 1950s through the present-day burlesque revival, featuring burlesque legends and contemporary performers including: burlesque legends Tempest Storm and Tiffany Carter, 2009 Miss Exotic World Kalani Kokonuts, Las V...

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BHOF Weekend 2012: Apply NOW!


The application period for the 2012 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend is now open! Like last year, the online application is designed so that you can sign in and out, save your information, and work on it at your own pace. But this year, it’s even shorter, and there’s less to fill out! You can start your application now, just head over to

A few things to note:
• You must create an account with your email address in order to use the system. If you created an account in 2011, just use your same info to log in!
• There is no charge to create an account or start filling out an application– but...

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New Year, New Beginnings

Dear Friends of the Burlesque Hall of Fame,

As of December 1, 2011, I am stepping down as Acting Executive Director of the Burlesque Hall of Fame. On that date, our Curatorial Director, Dustin M. Wax, will take over as Interim Executive Director, charged with leading the organization through the next phase of its ongoing institutional development.

Since its earliest beginnings, the Burlesque Hall of Fame has been the ultimate labor of love; powered by visionaries and volunteers whose chief qualification was a passion for vintage burlesque...

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Dorothy Dorne: A Life in Pictures by Jo Weldon

Last winter I spent some time going through paper archives in the Burlesque Hall of Fame collection in Las Vegas, with the help of Laura Herbert and Brian Newman. I was particularly interested in the sheet music and the notations on it. I intend to share more about the sheet music project later, but I got to see something so unexpected and charming and lovely that I want to share it with you. It’s a collection of scrapbooks from an early 20th-century burlesque and cabaret performer who went by various names, among them Dorothy Dorne. I spent hours going through them, taken to another world, amused and enchanted by the way her scrapbooks brought her to life, and took a few snaps...

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