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Paste Won't Keep Your Pasties On

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[This article was originally written and published on this blog in 2007. Note the presence of Myspace!] People always ask questions about pasties. They are, after all, pretty peculiar articles of clothing, in spite of being some of the most traditional items in most neo-burlesquers' wardrobes. As far as I know they are unique to burlesque--at least in terms of dance costuming. One time I was standing in the lobby after a show with my friend Francesca, and someone came up and asked me a question about tassel-twirling. After I talked about physics a bit, the woman said, "And how do you keep the pasties on?" Francesca said, "With paste!" Above: Me at the Slipper Room. Photo by Rocket. Well, we don't use paste--it's not sticky enough, and the kids eat it. But how to keep a twirler's pasties from twirling right off is a frequent subject of discussions backstage. I use flash tape , myself. I have a slight allergic reaction to it, but pinker nipples are

G-Strings This Week on Sex Worker Style!

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I'll be sharing five posts about G-strings this week at  https://www.instagram.com/sexworkerstyle/ Follow me there for all the sparkly history!  

Panties: Over Or Under?

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When I’m teaching stocking strips, people often ask me if it’s proper to wear panties over or under the garters.  There isn’t a proper way; there’s only the order of removal.  If you’re leaving the garter belt on after you take the panties off, you put the panties on over the garter belt.  If you want the panties to still be on after you take off the garter belt and stockings, it’s easier if you wear the panties under the garter belt.  #logistics The answer to most questions about striptease can be answered the same way: logistics.  

Leslie Cunningham interviewed by Bebe Bardot

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I am so happy to finally be able to share this video: Burlesque Historian Bebe Bardot interviews author Leslie Cunningham about her book Brown Skin Showgirls! It is rare to encounter a historically rich and visually stunning book that is dedicated solely to the brown skin showgirl or black burlesque of the early to mid 20th century. BROWN SKIN SHOWGIRLS is a black and white photographic collection of burlesque, exotic, shake, salsa and chorus line dancers, strippers, and cross-dressers from Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana Revue during its run on Royal American Shows from 1936 to 1967. https://lesliecunninghamfilms.com/ Please share this and let people know about this incredible project! Support Leslie Cunningham: Lesliecunninghamfilms.com CashApp: Love offerings and donations can be sent to (Leslie Cunningham) at: $NMRKLION via paypal at: https://paypal.me/TRIBESEntertainment Brownskin Showgirl book order can be placed through Paypal here https://www.harleminhavana.com/p/brow...

Fem Appeal, The All-Time Queen Of Taglines

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Interview: Happy Birthday to Fem Appeal, All-time Queen of Taglines Above: Fem Appeal by James Ridley Happy Birthday to fellow Leo Fem Appeal! It's her birthday TODAY! I am not generally a show producer, aside from producing student showcases, but I do produce my birthday show every August at Coney Island USA, which over the past two decades has remained one of the most influential venues in the New York burlesque scene. Every year, the first person I ask is fellow Leo Fem Appeal. I also have her as a guest lecturer every year in The Coney Island Master Class in Burlesque. She’s just that good.  Also, it means we get to ride the subway uptown together, where we get to sit together for an hour and say things we would neeeeever say to anyone else. Those subway rides with her are easily the thing I miss the most about not being able to teach in Coney Island during the pandemic. Born and bred in New York, Fem Appeal has been a beloved powerhouse in the city’s b

For Two Weeks At NYSB! FloorPlay with Hartless Malone and Perle Noire

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Floorplay is a four-part workshop series dedicated to the art of sensual and seductive floorwork. You can take classes individually or sign up for all four. This class is a unique combination of Liquid Motion® and Perle Noire's Floorwork Seduction. Floorwork is hot hot hot! Learn about it from a master in a series where each class builds on students' individual strengths. In addition to thrilling floorwork moves, the series will include Perle Noire's signature techniques for floorwork, lowering to the ground and rising up smoothly, and how to seduce in any position. Each student will discover their individual strengths as they work to develop their own signature choreography. Details and Registration

NYSB Book Club Event with Guest Host Bebe Barbot and Author Leslie Cunningham!

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August 5, 2020, 6 pm EST on Zoom Burlesque Historian Bebe Bardot will guest host, interviewing author Leslie Cunningham about her book  Brown Skin Showgirls. There are many art and entertainment resources that reference the contributions and important role women of color played in shaping the art of dance in North America. However, it is rare to encounter a historically rich and visually stunning book that is dedicated solely to the brown skin showgirl or black burlesque of the early to mid 20th century. BROWN SKIN SHOWGIRLS is a black and white photographic collection of burlesque, exotic, shake, salsa and chorus line dancers, strippers and cross-dressers from Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana Revue during its run on Royal American Shows from 1936 to 1967. To register: http://www.schoolofburlesque.com/bookclub.shtml Limited to 100 registrants, so register soon!