A burlesque performer at the 2016 Burlesque Exposition held in Boston.

Here are some top facts about burlesque:

  • Burlesque is a form of variety show that combines comedy, music, dance, and striptease. It has a long and varied history, dating back to the 16th century in Italy.
  • Burlesque shows were popular in Europe and the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but they declined in popularity in the mid-20th century. In recent years, burlesque has experienced a revival, and there are now burlesque troupes performing all over the world.
  • The word “burlesque” comes from the Italian word “burlesco,” which means “mockery.” Burlesque shows typically feature parodies of popular culture, current events, and social norms. The shows are often bawdy and irreverent, and they can be quite funny.
  • Burlesque dancers are known for their elaborate costumes, their graceful movements, and their playful personalities. They are often skilled in a variety of dance styles, including striptease, jazz, and tap.
  • Burlesque is a unique and vibrant art form, and it continues to entertain audiences around the world. It is a celebration of female sexuality and empowerment, and it is a form of self-expression for performers of all ages, sizes, and body types.

I hope this helps!

If you would like to see more of my Burlesque work, check out the Burlesque photo gallery.