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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 …

2015 Scholarship Winner: Bunny Barebuns

Each year, BurlyCon offers a limited number of scholarships to promising individuals in the burlesque community who have demonstrated financial need. BurlyCon Media Liaison Czech Mate recently caught up with 2015 scholarship recipient Bunny Barebuns.  Performer name: Bunny Barebuns Performer tagline: “Kink with a Wink” Years performing: 3 Current hometown: Indianapolis, IN/St. Petersburg, FL Number of BurlyCons attended: This will be my first! Favorite rhinestone adhesive: E6000 Preferred method of glitter …

BurlyCon Announces 2015 Guest of Honor Ronnie Magri

Interview by Czech Mate, BurlyCon Press & Media Writer BurlyCon is thrilled to have you as a 2015 Guest of Honor! Your work with the Shim Sham Revue as musical director, bandleader and drummer for one of the first authentic 1950s-style burlesque revival shows in the nation is legendary. How does it feel to be a musician with a place in modern burlesque history? Thank you! I’m honored & ecstatic of the news to …

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 …