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Our end of month round up includes the straight, the good and the great, and time to celebrate!

 

First of all, the straight - Dita Von Teese reveals her Halloween secret

 

Dita Von Teese Astonishingly enough, on the one day of the year when many of us choose to reveal our inner quirks and kinks, Dita Von Teese has also been exploring her alternative side, but for her, of course, the ‘other side’ is her normalcy!  Yes, in a blonde wig and girl-next-door makeup, it seems that Dita’s been out trick-or-treating for four years in a row without being recognised.

 

The good and the great - burlesque founder stands as LA Mayor

 

Paul E. Amori might have seemed like an outside chance to become Mayor of Los Angeles, but with Donald Trump heading for the White House, who knows? As the founder of Amori’s Casino & Burlesque, he has also established a new political party called The Love Party which aims to bring love to politics. The one place we’re certain that Amori will be the front runner is in rallies, the first of which has already taken place … with 200 supporters and performances from Cirque du Soleil performers, dancers, hula hoopers and musicians who paraded through downtown LA. The event finished with a collection to be donated to local homeless veterans.

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We know that for many of our http://www.loveburlesque.com customers, it is one of the two biggest days of the year - the other being Valentine’s Day. Why? Because they love the opportunity to get out there and get their burlesque on.

Burlesque Advent CalendarSo we had a little think and came up with a sexy little idea to help our burlesque fans make the most of December.

 

Burlesque Advent Calendar

We think it would be a wonderful to give your loved one a little burlesque gift - one for each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas and then a big gift on Christmas morning! Here’s how we think this could work:

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It might be a surprise to you to discover that Manchester doesn’t have a dedicated burlesque venue, but that’s about to change. The former Cirque Manchester which closed two years ago, has been reinvigorated after a make-over to become a bespoke burlesque and kink venue for the thirty-plus customer.

 

The club, which is next door to the Manchester Cemetery, is a three story bar and dungeon venue … yes, dungeon venue and its new incarnation has been shaped by one of the organisers of Sexhibition - Manchester’s annual kink festival. The venue will host regular burlesque nights, so that’s great news for new performers looking for a place to get their burlesque on and the basement dungeon will be used for more adult ‘kink’ and fetish nights. It’s a members-only club, as is more common for burlesque venues in the USA than the UK.

 

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It’s all happening in the media this month. To begin with, one of our Sunday morning burlesque Googles (surely you do that too?) revealed that the Dallas Observer has a really solid interview with an established burlesque performer who really dishes some dirt on the burlesque experience … What we really like about it was the section on how different audiences have different ways of appreciating burlesque both during the performance and after - it’s a great reminder that if you’re stepping out for your first burlesque show, you may get an unexpected response, which doesn’t mean they didn’t like you, or you didn’t do brilliantly, it could just mean that your audience is culturally disposed to offer politeness or respect as a tribute rather than catcalls and mad applause.

 

While we’re talking about first performances, we’re always being asked about how a new performer can know he or she is ready for the stage (or just to give a loved one a very special experience!) and we have a couple of suggestions that may help:

 

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Advice on how to burlesque like a pro

 

The Stage has a short and sweet article on how to get your first gig as a burlesque performer. One of the interesting claims is that burlesque is still a very small world and one of the best ways to get work is to be known within that world. That’s largely true, although it really relates to the world of burlesque in big urban centres such as London, Liverpool and Manchester - smaller cities and towns have a much more open and undeveloped burlesque network, by and large, and in these places it can be more difficult to find your feet and get known. We’d certainly suggest taking a couple of masterclasses, attending some talent nights and getting along to burlesque fairs to ensure you get your name (and face) known.

 

Who would you like to see naked …?

 

Katie Derham who came fourth on the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing show as a contestant, has said that she was once approached by a production company looking for TV stars to take part in a celebrity burlesque show. Also approached, she says, was her ITV News colleague Mary Nightingale, although neither woman took up the offer.

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Posted By Victoria Barber

Burlesque around the world

07/09/2016 11:18

MonalisaWe love to see a bit of burlesque from outside of our own experience, and so we were thrilled to see Monalisa Chinda enjoying a burlesque-themed hen night in Lagos. Not familiar with Monalisa? She's a great star in Nigeria, known for her Nollywood roles, and film producer. She married Victor Coker on 1 September, in Greece, after a traditional wedding at her father’s compound back in February but it was that bridal shower that got our attention! Apparently she was styled for the party by Ezinne Chinkata who also styled the Greek wedding. We have to say that Monalisa (in the top hat and pink feather boa) looks a lot more relaxed than some of her girlfriends - we’d guess this is because Nigeria can be quite conservative and the burlesque theme might have pushed some of her besties out of their comfort zones.

The real sweetness of this story is that her new husband, Victor Coker, is somebody whom she’s known since her teenage years - isn’t that lovely?



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