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Leeds prepares for battle of the burlesque beauties
August 28, 2009

Leeds is bracing itself for a burlesque battle of the Atlantic this weekend.

The UK Versus US Burlesque show at the Alea Casino in Clarence Dock on Saturday will be the first of its kind in the city.

Performers will be trying to tease their way to win the crown for their

The UK team features five dancers, including Miss Alternative World 2009 winner Fancy Chance and Leeds’s very own burlesque diva Bella Besame – Bella Taylor.

Miss Besame currently runs her own burlesque night, The Slippery Belle, every month at Subculture, Leeds, as well as burlesque classes in the city.

She said: “This is the biggest event ever for Leeds burlesque. It’s going to be a spectacular show.

“We have the best performers from near and far and I can’t wait to shake my stuff.”

The US team includes 2007 Tournament of Tease winner Siren Stiletto and renowned bellydancer Kimberly Mackoy.

Miss Besame added: “I’m glad we’ve got Fancy Chance on our side as she is amazing. It could still go either way because the performers are so good. It just depends on the audience.

“There’s no doubt it’ll be a success though, and it might change peoples perception of burlesque. I’ve been dancing 10 years and I’ve seen seedier dancing on MTV than at any burlesque show.”

The show was organised by, a site set up by burlesque performer Cecilia Rouge.

Doors open at 8pm.

The event is black tie and glamour but vintage/burlesque style dress is welcome.

* Tickets start at £15 and are available at and Hellraiser in Leeds city centre.