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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 …

2015 Mermaid Parade – Guest Article by Heather Whatever

My wig didn’t fit in the cab. That’s the beginning of how my time at the 2015 Mermaid Parade began as I rushed towards Surf Avenue and West 21st street in Coney Island for what would be my fifth parade, and my first experience on the judges’ stand, thanks to some encouragement from friends who insisted it was the best way to experience it. I think they might have been …

Love Wins! BurlyCon Celebrates at Seattle Pride 2015

Join BurlyCon as we march in support of love, equality, and glitter at the Seattle Pride Parade! Kicking off at 11 AM in downtown Seattle, friends and lovers of BurlyCon will take to the streets to celebrate Pride. Our contingent will feature a fabulous float covered in fan dancers, outrageous costumes, and choreography by none other than the world’s show-busiest couple, Kitten N’ Lou! (Check out Miss Indigo Blue on …

Learn From Legends of Burlesque at BHoF Finishing School!

BurlyCon is so excited to be sponsoring the eighth annual Finishing School at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender this week. The Finishing School offers a rare, hands-on opportunity to learn from burlesque’s Living Legends, artists who pioneered the art form from the 1940s to the 1970s. Don’t miss your chance to tap into the unique skills and experience of these incredible performers! If you missed him at BurlyCon last year, epic costumer and …

BurlyCon Announces 2015 Legend Guest of Honor Delilah Jones

[slideshow_deploy id=’2707′] Learn from acclaimed pin-up icon, model, actress and burlesque superstar! Interview by Czech Mate, BurlyCon Press & Media Writer BurlyCon is proud to announce pin-up icon, model, actress and burlesque dancer Delilah Jones as our 2015 Legend Guest of Honor! Burlesque Hall of Famer Delilah Jones was born Doris Gohlke in Berlin, during Hitler’s reign. She survived occupied Nazi Germany to become the most photographed pin-up of 1959. She’s been featured in more …

Guest Post: Jet Noir on Human Rights, Burlesque, and Sex Work

Written by Jet Noir Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on Jet Noir’s excellent blog, Jet Set Weekly. The post was written after Jet was inspired by a panel discussion on sex work and burlesque at BurlyCon 2014. The term sex worker once confused my literal mind. I understood it to mean someone that was paid for sexual encounters (be they virtual via phone/internet or actual). When I heard …

2015 Board Retreat Summary

by Kristina Nekyia, BurlyCon board member Somewhere deep in the desert, watched over by a towering, serene statue of Quan Yin, nine powerful women gathered to talk about the future of burlesque education. They talked about strategy, business, finances, and procedure. They talked about heart, community, sexuality, inclusion, art, and love. Out of this cauldron of ideas and passions, they began to form a plan… It sounds mythical, and it felt …

Programming’s Most Wanted: Our Class Submission Wishlist

If you’re thinking about submitting a class to teach at BurlyCon this year, there’s still time! Class submissions are due March 31st. Our Programming team has been hard at work making sure that BurlyCon 2015 will be the best con yet, but we’re still looking for a few good courses to round out the offerings in glamour, history, business, movement and panels that have come in so far.   Application Forms …

BurlyCon Releases Ultra-Fierce, First-Ever Music Video

It seems like only yesterday we were glittering up the hallways and rehearsal spaces of BurlyCon 2014, getting our sparkly art on. For anyone out there in Internet Land who’s experiencing BurlyCon withdrawal, we invite you to relive a bit of the magic by checking out our very first music video!

This little slice of burlesque education features a flock of gorgeous ecdysiasts cutting a rug to Beyonce’s “Girls,” while conference attendees watch and cheer. Participants in the video had only three short sessions to learn and polish the choreography before they performed for their peers on Sunday, the closing day of BurlyCon.

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