International Burlesque Artists on Women’s Day
Mar08

International Burlesque Artists on Women’s Day

“Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” is the theme for the 2017 International Women’s Day (IWD) which falls on March 8th. While the first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on February 28 in honor of the “1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions” the first International Women’s Day was observed in 1911. The UN marks it as a “a time to reflect...

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Five Truths for Artists Working in Times of Despair

Based on remarks given at the closing ceremonies of BurlyCon 2016 By Lillith Grey ONE There have always been entertainers in times of war. There have always been artists in times of crisis. Even in the depths of despair, art survives. We saw theatre, poetry, music, and comedy in concentration and internment camps. We saw films, television, music and performance art throughout the Vietnam war. We saw drag, burlesque, theatre and music...

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#SeaBQ Community Participates in Its 10th Seattle Pride Parade
Jun20

#SeaBQ Community Participates in Its 10th Seattle Pride Parade

by Vixen Valentine For the 10th year in a row the Seattle Burlesque Community will be participating in the Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26th. Planning is already underway as decorations and a float are currently being constructed. A few of the Seattle Pride Parade Committee members were able to give us some insight on what is in the works for this year’s’ parade! What was the process for deciding on the theme this year?...

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Guest Post: Stretches to Get Ready for BurlyCon 2015
Nov08

Guest Post: Stretches to Get Ready for BurlyCon 2015

Written by BurlyCon board member Kristina Nekyia The Five Most Important Stretches for the Traveling Performer If you are hopping on a plane or planning a long drive to get to BurlyCon next week it is terribly important to take care of your body so that you can make the most of all those amazing dance and movement classes! Hydrate, eat good food, get some sleep, and do some stretching. Stretching can help to alleviate pain and tension...

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Guest Post: Penny Starr Jr. – This One Time at BurlyCon
Sep01

Guest Post: Penny Starr Jr. – This One Time at BurlyCon

Written by Penny Starr Jr.  I’ve had the pleasure of being an instructor several times at BurlyCon, as well as an attendee. You get on the plane to BurlyCon and you look at the class guide, mostly to block off your own classes—what do you need to prepare, where do need to go, how much time do you have between teaching gigs—and then you see it. That class that you yourself would take. And you circle it. And you circle another. And...

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Guest Post: Otaymah Bonds on Race and Burlesque
Jul30

Guest Post: Otaymah Bonds on Race and Burlesque

Written by Otaymah Bonds Otaymah Bonds is a second-generation burlesque performer of color hailing from Detroit. She shared her story with us here, and will be teaching a class titled, “History of Performers of Color in Burlesque” at BurlyCon 2015. My journey into the magical land of all things glittery and burlesque has been tumultuous to say the least. I have been dancing and performing for over 20 years. Before...

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