1st Place at World Burlesque Games 2013!

I had a wonderful weekend at the 2013 World Burlesque Games here in London, and I’m delighted to announce I won 1st place in the International Crown! Thank you to everyone for the wonderful flood of love and support! Thank you to Chaz Royal for producing such a wonderful, smooth-running event. And to all the performers, for so much inspiration and such a warm, friendly atmosphere backstage. I’m sure there will be photos and videos coming soon…

World Burlesque Games

World Burlesque Games: 2nd Place in the World Female Crown!

Bonnie Fox by Martin Bond

Well, the World Burlesque Games are over, and what a spectacular week of burlesque. I really enjoyed all the shows I attended, and also loved meeting the lovely burlesque ladies from around the globe backstage. The results are in, and I didn’t quite take out the top place, but came in 2nd! Here is some footage (warning: nudity!):

Provence Swing Festival and our new routine!

I’m recovering now from the charming Provence Swing Festival, in France. Here’s two videos – first, of our brand new Lindy Classic routine, and second, of a short feather fan dance I did. The classic routine is to Scram, by Fats Waller. Enjoy!

What is Burlesque?

Burlesque is the hottest trend in town, a type of performance bringing together a sizzling dance style with elaborate vintage costumes, cool retro tunes and a lot of sassy fun!

Burlesque as an entertainment artform evolved from the late 19th century through to the “bump and grind” era of the 1940s and 50s. In burlesque’s heyday (those golden days before television, when people had to go out to be entertained) burlesque was a grand affair. A burlesque show combined live music, comedians, variety acts, a chorus line and of course, glamorous burlesque headliners, in an elegant theatre with a full orchestra, grand sets and elaborate costumes!  A burlesque queen in this golden era would enchant with her beauty, delight with her dance, and captivate her audience with the art of the tease.

Burlesque died out in the 1960s, as the sexual revolution transformed gender norms and sexual taboos, and full nudity and explicit pornography flooded the market, but it was revived in the 1990s as a postmodern movement by women for women. The neo-burlesque movement champions the natural beauty, glamour and sex appeal of women of all ages, shapes and sizes. In particular, neo-burlesque performers around the world have adopted the aesthetics of the 1940s and 50s, embracing the womanly curves denied by modern popular culture.  Today’s burlesque is a sugar-coated approach to sexuality, bringing mystery, allure, fantasy and glamour back to the stage!