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Ballet mixer

It’s not what we’d imagine from Darcy Bussell, but Prohibition Houston has just hosted a ‘mixer’ for ballet dancers and ballet fans. The upcoming stars of ballet were thrown together with Principal Dancer Connor Walsh and two soloists, Oliver Halkowich and Jessica Collado. Also present in the 125 strong gathering were a bunch of Prohibition’s own dancers, in burlesque costume. We were talking in our last blog post about the linkages between one art form and another, and this is exactly the kind of crossover we were talking about. Both performance forms requires dedication, athleticism and great costuming!

Speaking of which, if you’re thrilled by those masks in the Prohibition picture, we think you’ll be delighted by our ‘Evening in Venice’ satin and lace eye mask. Very sexy!

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Posted By Rowena Yee

Burlesque or pole-dancing or what …?

There’s a never-ending debate about what we do, and how it’s done. Right back in 2008, this very balanced and thought-provoking article by Bombshell Betty* laid out the arguments for a shared origin and diverging development, of burlesque or pole dancing. So what’s changed? Not much actually. You can make every kind of distinction, burlesque being an art and pole dancing being a sport (which is actually borne out by the development of a championships for pole dancing**) or pole dancing being a largely ‘stripper’ activity whereas burlesque is a largely costumed event … but whatever you say, there will always be people who fight to keep these arts apart, people who want them to be united, and lots of people who have no idea what either activity is and can’t see why they need to be defined at all.

For us, there’s no problem, whatever you call your art, and however you describe yourself, we have resources to make your activity more fulfilling and exciting. As an example, our voluptuous red rose pasties work whether you’re a burlesque artist or a pole dancing competitor - they’re bound to put you in the limelight!

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Posted By Rowena Yee

What is burlesque?

It’s been a month for column inches on burlesque. And if you were to read everything that’s been written (and we do!) you’d think there was more than one burlesque experience to be had, even in a single city. First up, The Independent,* talking about how burlesque has become the preserve of the well-heeled and is seen as escapism or rebellion against difficult economic times. Their reporter emphasises the feminist nature of the art and in interviewing Millicent Binks and mentioning Velma Von Bon Bon, this article places is itself firmly in the ‘burlesque is a dramatic art’ camp.

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Posted By Rowena Yee

Dita Diversion?

It seems that Dita Von Teese is strutting elegantly from full on burlesque diva to lingerie maven - her latest collection of underwear - the Dita line for Myer (Australia) is as seductive and alluring as ever, but this time around the campaign launching the lovely lingerie reveals less Dita and more models. While she says this is because she is completely involved with ‘… designing … the collection, and the styling and hair and make-up … it can be difficult to be a model at the same time,’ she’s also stated in the past that she doesn’t want to be a sixty year old in G-string. While we applaud her business sense, we think that the thing about burlesque is that you can do it at any age, and if you’re a sixty year old who rocks a G-string, then rock it!

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Posted By Rowena Yee

Biggest burlesque show in Britain? The claim is that the biggest burlesque extravaganza in the UK, the less than spectacularly named ‘An Evening of Burlesque’ will be back touring here in the autumn, having travelled the globe from Milan to Zurich and Verona to St Petersburg. This very classic burlesque show still bills itself as ‘the biggest’. We’re not entirely sure it is, having seen a couple of pretty big non-touring shows hit London in recent years, so if ‘An Evening of Burlesque’ has been superseded by a show with a bigger cast, please let us know and we’ll give that show a plug too!

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Posted By Rowena Yee

Molly Marmalade is a burlesque performer by night, a social worker by day, but her act has led to her being ‘rebuked’ by her employers. Why? Molly (non-professional name Amy Spilsbury-Butler) had an act that included dressing up in a fascinator, slippers and winter coat before removing those items as part of her performance. When a relative of one of the clients saw her in an online video and complained, Bromley Council got involved. They’ve said that she must cease portraying an elderly person in her act and clear any future acts with her employers, to which she has agreed.

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Posted By Rowena Yee