Today, burlesque is nothing short of an art form. Performers both male and female combine the most explosive aspects of costumery, dance, comedy and theater in a type of live entertainment that, of course, places nudity on a pedestal. Dita Von Tesse and World Famous BOB have turned the tassel-friendly genre of performance into an evolving practice that challenges everything conventional -- from gender politics to sexuality and the public's perception of the naked body. Burlesque has historic roots in America's minstrel culture, dating as far back as the s. However, the version we know today -- a marriage of vaudevillian humor and striptease -- became popular in the early s, when mostly women performers took to clubs and Broadway venues with their own brand of music, dance and provocative nudity.
Legendary Burlesque Stars (1920s-1950s)
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Many of these dancers danced on the Vaudeville stage when Vaudeville's history was transforming into Burlesque , as well as dancing in many regular nightclubs which had fabulous stage shows featuring the talent and many times the skin of these famous Hoochy Coochy dancers. Some fabulous dancers found the easy money and cheap fame of the risque side of burlesque very appealing with many changing the way we think, dress and act today. In the glory days of Burlesque, shows were filled with hilarious comedians, witty sketches, beautiful chorus girls and costumes, Dancers and Some of this might be old but you'll enjoy the visual history of these amazing performers of Burlesk. We are mainly talking the Vegas Showgirl , Burlesque and theatre type, not the sleaze strip joints one may think of when thinking of Burlesque today many dancers are listed here however. Sonny Watson's Streetswing. Club Dance!
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Ann Corio November 29, — March 1, was a prominent American burlesque stripper and actress. Ann Corio's original surname was Coiro. Born in Hartford, Connecticut , she was one of twelve children of Italian immigrant parents. Her rise to stardom as a featured performer began on the Mutual burlesque circuit in Between and she appeared in several Hollywood "B" motion pictures which featured her in scanty costumes beginning with Swamp Woman , the best known of which was perhaps 's Jungle Siren opposite Buster Crabbe.
No matter the event, if you want to turn heads without adorning yourself in recent trends, retro glam is it. And who else does it with more va-va-VOOM and straight-up sex appeal than burlesque artists? While retro glam may be the classic dress code, many curvy burlesque performers are making the art new and exciting. Be it nerdlesque in which the performers celebrate their love of different fandoms like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and other countless fun, nerdy choices.