An Ode to Burlesque

Neo-burlesque is on the rise across the country. The art of dancing seductively and potentially removing ones clothes in front of strangers has previously held such a stigma, but now women are flocking to this revived art form. With a determination to put an emphasis on sexy over sexual, it is an expression of female empowerment. Lets take a step back in time to look at some of the women who have paved the road for the burlesque dancers of today. And who knows, maybe this will provide some inspiration to take home…

 

She brought burlesque to America from Britain in the late 1860’s with her troupe “The British Blondes”

 

Also known by her other stage name, Billie Beck, Sally was a burlesque dancer, vedette and actress – most noted for her ostrich feather fan dance

 

Dubbed the “Queen of Exotic Dancers”, she was one of the best known burlesque stars of the 1950s, 60s and 70s

 

She was an American burlesque entertainer and vedette famous for her striptease act

 

Dixie is most remembered for her burlesque parody of Marilyn Monroe

 

 

One of the most recognize acts in striptease in the 1940s and 50s

by Gina Wood