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Carmen Electra goes topless for burlesque show (June 11 News)
July 15, 2009


London, July 11, 2009

Carmen Electra wowed the crowd at The Crazy Horse Paris Show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas by baring her boobs. The former Baywatch star teased fans by strutting her stuff in an array of saucy outfits for two previous sexy routines, reports the Sun.

Carmen, who will be starring in the show for six nights, attracted the audience by donning high heels, stockings and suspenders while cavorting on a sofa shaped like a giant pair of lips. Her second routine, called Chain Gang, saw the Playboy pin-up caged like a wild animal and sent temperatures soaring by revealing one boob with a tassel covering her modesty. The brunette beauty is not the only Baywatch star to perform at the famous burlesque club.

Pamela Anderson appeared at the original saloon in Paris last year, performing a steamy striptease involving a sheer black body stocking and a motorcycle. Burlesque star Dita Von Teese has also performed at the Paris club.

Vancouver burlesque artist wins best debut title at Vegas pageant (June 26-27 news)
June 27, 2009

Melody Mangler’s winning stage act included rose petals and butterflies.

Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun

Published: Saturday, June 27, 2009

Vancouver burlesque artist Melody Mangler sashayed, flirted and danced her way to win the coveted Best Debut title at the 18th annual Miss Exotic World Pageant in Las Vegas.

“It was very exciting to win this for Canada,” said Melody (a.k.a. Rebecca Franklin). “I’m so proud to have been there to represent Vancouver and my community.”

The Exotic World Pageant features burlesque and “boylesque” competitors from around the world and is considered the “Oscars” of the retro art form.

The fiery, tattooed 26-year-old has been performing for about six years. To bring home the trophy last week, she went tassel to tassel with competitors from Helsinki, London, Chicago and New York.

Melody won for a routine in which she transformed from Little Bo Peep to Venus.

To help create the fantasy of beauty and surprise in her winning number, she threw rose petals that were kept afloat by a high-powered hidden fan, and when she ripped open her corset, butterflies flew out.

Melody said “the new burlesque has a very adult drift,” but it’s also about “glamour and laughing, performing and having a good time.”

Think pasties, feather boas, fan dances, bejewelled high heels, comedy, some skin, but flirtatiously less than all-bare, and you’ve got the idea of what the highly popular “new-burlesque” is all about.

Melody, who hails originally from Brooks, Alta. said her parents are “incredibly supportive of everything I do.”

She draws inspiration from the growing burlesque scenes in Los Angeles and New York. “It’s a fantasy world, it’s women coming together to celebrate. Everybody loves the same thing. . . being glamorous, hamming it up.”

As winner of Best Debut, Melody is now eligible to compete for Miss Exotic World Reigning Queen of Burlesque in 2010.

Melody is a founding member and artistic director of the Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society. She will perform in the Taboo Revue today at the WISE Hall.

June 4 Las Vegas Sun article on the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend
June 4, 2009


Rich heritage of exotic dance

By Kristen Peterson (contact)

Thu, Jun 4, 2009 (2 a.m.)


Burlesque legend Dee Milo, “the Venus of Dance,” who is now in her 70s, will perform Friday in the Striptease Reunion Showcase.

If You Go

  • What: Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend
  • When: Today through Sunday
  • Where: The Orleans
  • Admission: Prices for events vary, and some events are free. Weekend passes are available.
  • More information: or the Orleans box office, 365-7070

That the annual Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend takes place in Las Vegas seems logical — what with the boas, the costumes and the Strip’s all-around “sex for sale” mentality.

But if this weekend’s events teach you anything, it will be that equating today’s pole dancers with yesterday’s burlesque performers is a big faux pas, especially among the women who carved out careers combining the artistry of theater, costuming, character and even comedy with the ol’ bump and grind.

“Burlesque is so big right now. It’s become this catchall phrase for adult entertainment,” says Laura Herbert, Burlesque Hall of Fame representative. “But not everybody who takes off their clothes is a burlesque performer.”

The Vegas-based Burlesque Hall of Fame celebrates burlesque’s storied heritage, its legends and today’s stars. It traces its roots to former dancer Jennie Lee, who formed an exotic dancers league in the 1950s as a way to advocate for strippers, and started collecting memorabilia.

The nonprofit organization moved to Las Vegas from Helendale, Calif., in 2006, bringing with it the costumes, photographs, programs, signage and accouterments from the heyday. The plan is to eventually have a permanent home for the collection.

The annual Hall of Fame Weekend is its biggest fundraiser.

Here’s a look:

1. Entertainment

Two main events are the “Titans of Tease Reunion Showcase” on Friday and the “Best of Burlesque” 2009 Pageant on Saturday. Tonight’s bowling party will include music by DJ Goo Goo Muck. All-night after-parties will be held each night. The Burlesque Bazaar held each day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. features an assortment of industry goodies.

2. Art

“Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School” is a live model drawing class hosted by Cha-Cha Velour from Vegas’ own Babes in Sin. Photographers of all levels can pay $20 to hop aboard a double-decker bus for an around-town photo shoot of burlesque performers at various Las Vegas sites.

3. Ladies (and gentlemen)

Performers from all over the world, including men, participate in this multigenerational hugfest in which retired dancers mingle with contemporary stars. Past events brought in Tempest Storm and Tura Satana. Dixie Evans, the former “Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque,” Hall of Fame curator, pageant founder and all-around burlesque historian, is always in the limelight. Many legends now living in Las Vegas, including Marinka, Gina Bon-Bon, Dusty Summers (the nude magician) and Big Fannie Annie, are featured. World Famous *BOB* and El Vez are among the hosts in this weekend’s lineup.

4. History

“Jazz and burlesque are America’s only true folk arts,” Herbert, the Hall of Fame representative, says. “Burlesque has its own language; it wasn’t taught in schools and most people just sort of found their way into it. It includes of a lot of history in terms of First Amendment rights, feminism, dance, pop culture, gender politics and music.”

5. Education

“Stars of Classic Burlesque Q&A,” moderated by Dr. Lukki and Tigger on Sunday, examines the legends of burlesque, many of whom will be at this weekend’s events. Props, costumes and other memorabilia on loan from the museum will be on display at the Burlesque Bazaar. The Burlesque Hall of Fame Finishing School on Saturday will offer courses on costume secrets and plumage and the art of undressing.