What Is Burlesque?

Burlesque is retro striptease with the emphasis on TEASE! It originated as a variety show that was a spin-off of vaudeville and evolved into its very own art. Imagine seeing a pin-up girl from the '40s come to life and dance right off the page of a pulp novel. Burlesque is playful, glamorous and often involves social satire. Audiences and performers alike agree that the flirtatiously feminine and provocative movements of burlesque are a celebration of womanhood in all its glory. Dancers usually wear boas, gloves, sequins, and corsets and have a "gimmick" that tells a story in their routine—with a big wink and nod. With its long and colorful history, burlesque has made a comeback into the mainstream.