One of the greatest crowd-pleasing pieces of music in burlesque is Night Train. I've had people who've just attended their first burlesque show ever come up to me after a show and say, "I've always wanted to see someone dance to that song live! Thank you!" Comments like this are why I encourage students to try stripping to the tunes that originally inspired many of the neo-burlesque performers who began in the 1990s, even though some of those performers may be over and beyond Ultralounge by now. New audiences shouldn't be deprived of this amazing music.
Above: Me dancing to Alvino Ray's version of Night Train at one of my first student showcases--where even the teacher stripped.
Even though it's not burlesque, enjoy the following music history video, a tribute to a few of the versions of this amazing tune.
What's your favorite version?