This was a hard list to compile, maybe even more so than the Top 25 Best Burlesque Web Sites list. Where the latter would’ve been a Top 10 list if it hadn’t been for the ridiculous amount of amazing sites, this one almost became a Top 5 list because of the lack of burlesque blogs. Where are the bloggers for this wonderful artform? It boggles the mind that more people interested in entertainment in general, but especially dance aficionados, aren’t clamoring to preserve this genre. With that in mind, here are some of the best blogs Simply Burlesque could find on the fabulousness that’s burlesque:
10) Blue Morris Swing & Jazz Guitar (http://www.bluemorris.com/music-and-jazz): this blog is not only a haven for jazz and swing music lovers, but it also has a nice blogging section for burlesque news. Also, this site is great for aspiring performers or established striptease acts to get inspiration for songs to use in their performances.
9) The Burlesque Forum (http://burlesqueforum.blogspot.com/): it hasn’t been updated since 2007, sure, but the quality of the burlesque news and commentary is stellar. This is a great place for burlesque journalists and historians. Great videos and an easy to navigate design can also be found here.
8) Tiara The Merch Girl (http://blog.themerchgirl.net/): a Brisbane-based blog run by a self-proclaimed “burlesque apprentice, improv rookie, circus trainee, [and] all around creative chick.” Sometimes witty (her Dita Von Teese rant is comical because it’s true), sometimes whimsical, but always stocked full of interesting burlesque tidbits, this blog is an interesting look into the mind of an up and coming burlesque entertainer.
7) ShakeItDoll.com (http://www.shakeitdoll.com/): the layout and design of this blog could be better, but ShakeItDoll’s a must see blogging site for UK burlesque enthusiasts. The blog has everything from event listings in different countries to casting calls, interviews, modeling, and fetish links.
6) Ava-May Hemme (http://avamayhemme.com/): started in April 2008, this is another blog created by burlesque act and alternative model Hemme. The layout and design of the blog is ultra-girlie, contrasting nicely with the performer’s edgy style. Her posts are insightful, though they oftentimes veer from the topic of burlesque. However, she’s a very active blogger who keeps her page relatively updated and she responds to most posts.
5) Cherry Bomb: The Queen of Cream (http://cherrybombnyc.blogspot.com/): at first I was confused because I’m working with a Philly based burly troupe and one of the dancer’s names is Cherry Bomb so I thought this was her. It’s not. Even still, this New York City based performer’s blog is packed with musings on her life and career and features enticing photography.
4) Michelle L’Amour (http://michellelamour.wordpress.com/): a sexy, but classy, layout gives this blog a leg up over other performer-based blogs. Ms. L’Amour gives regular updates on burlesque happenings around the globe and pulls back the veil of some aspects of her life. With tease tips, fun facts, a boutique, and stunning pictures, this blog is sure to engage fans of the performer and gain her new ones.
3) Burlesque Baby Blog (http://burlesquebaby.blogspot.com/): looking for burlesque reviews, guides, movies, music and news? This is the place to get your fix.
2) 21st Century Pinups (http://www.pinup.me.uk/): a UK-based blog that’s set up more like an e-zine than a blogging site. It features wonderful columns written by burlesque performers and pin-up girls, interviews with some of the biggest names in the industry, events and reviews, guides and tutorials, and anything else a burlesque fan could want. Journalists can submit work to the blog by filling out an easy to manage contact sheet.
1) Burlesque Babes (http://www.burlesquebabesshop.com/): the quintessential blog for all things vintage burlesque. It spotlights striptease artists from The Golden Age of Burlesque with promo photos and bio/histories. You can also purchase memorabilia of these talented women from the site. The blog’s creator is incredibly nice and couldn’t be a better burlesque historian. This is a must see blog for everyone interested in the art of the tease.