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April 22, 2005

Wondering

Today's random question: Is burlesque the new swing dancing? Seemingly out of nowhere, now everywhere. All of a sudden people I know are checking out burlesque shows, and I'm wondering when did this all happen? I know they're happening here in Atlanta too, since I've heard about them from the super-cool girl who does my brows.

My favorite (only) secondhand burlesque experience is courtesy of Clunky Robot, who went to the Philadelphia Film festival. Check him out, surrounded by scantily clad women wearing fish heads. I'm still giggling.

Yours, &c., LC | 08:45 AM | Sundries | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

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We've been going to shows around town for a little over a year now. I love them! The routines are always incredibly creative... the girls are beautiful and having fun. I've even thought about trying to make a routine myself. (Alot of the burlesquers in NYC do classes)

Posted by: z at April 22, 2005 10:39 AM

I've been hanging at burlesque shows for over a year as well, frequently. I don't know if it's the New Anything so much as it's the New Burlesque. Burlesque or something like it has been a fixture of society for ages; it's only post-1950's that it died off, for many reasons including the double assault of conservative 1950's values and the feminist swing that followed. It's super fun, and some of the dancers are nothing short of spectacular.

Posted by: Linus at April 22, 2005 11:46 AM

I'm not surprised there's a good scene where you folks are, and it's probably been going on down here for quite some time (apart from the standard strip bars which have never gone away) and I just haven't heard about it until recently.

I was trying to remember the last time some sort of phenomenon caught people's interest, and the whole swing scene came to mind. There's probably other, more recent intervening examples.

Posted by: Lady Crumpet at April 22, 2005 11:55 AM

When we went to Paris w/ some friends a few years back, we took in a show at the Moulin Rouge. IANABA (I am not a burlesque aficionado), but I suspect that Moulin Rouge is to current burlesque as Whose Line Is It Anyway? is to comedy improv: big enough to have turned into something slightly different.

Moulin Rouge completely blew our minds. We all walked out unsure of what we had just seen. It was like a 70s TV variety show but with topless women. In between these topless skits were jugglers, ventriloquists, and puppet shows (all clothed).

I was unaware of this resurgence! Is it bigger than disco?

Posted by: Scott D. Strader at April 22, 2005 12:34 PM

Can't tell you much about strip clubs, I don't go to them. If you want to see some of the local stars, though, you can check out my photo set on Flickr - it's got 10 pictures so far, and will grow as I get around to moving these things off my hard drive at last.

Posted by: Linus at April 26, 2005 12:58 PM

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