I've gone back and forth over this topic. I wonder, is it dance? Is it girls-only (answer: no)? Is it just theater or something else entirely? Why is it rising in popularity?
I've witnessed some classic Burlesque performers who can (pardon the pun) knock the socks off modern-day strippers and bring the house down with a simple glance, posture, the right costume...
A lot of dancers are now exploring the world of burlesque and creating side troupes or encorporating it into their routines. Troupes such as Hot Pink Feathers and Fleur de Tease have members whose roots began in ethnic dance.
We'll be hearing from some of these performers as well as exploring the history and different genres of burlesque.
Image: Sally Rand (fan dance)