Sound Advice: How To Deal With Audio Issues…

As an artform that relies heavily on recorded music to perform, burlesque (and cabaret and dance) is prone to problems outside our control… We’ve compiled some ‘sound advice’ to help you deal with audio emergencies…  Firstly, if you are looking for advice on how to choose your track, go here for inspiration on themes, editing and performing […]

How To: Troupe Costumes

So you’ve formed a troupe and you want to look professional and stand out from the crowd… Here’s a little how-to!  Firstly, what are troupe costumes? And why? When you get together as a troupe, it’s not just the moves that should be in-step, you whole look should be in keeping with everyone else in […]

Inspiration Behind The Act: Lilly Laudanum’s Liber-Ation

You see the acts on stage and, aside from obviously getting excited by what you see unfolding (or being uncovered) in front of your eyes, sometimes you think, ‘How the hell did they come up with that idea?!’ Lilly Laudanum let’s us into the inspiration behind her Liber-Ation act… I’ve wanted to do a balloon […]

It’s a ‘no’ From Us… Dealing With Rejection

So you’ve applied for some shows – you might even have been to an audition… You were hopeful of being cast but now your dreams have been shattered with that dreaded, ‘No, not this time’ email… That’s if you’ve been sent an email at all… So put all thoughts of fire-bombing the producer’s home aside […]

History Of Burlesque: The Leg Mania Artiste

The origins of burlesque are old – ancient, in fact! And we like a bit of history! So today’s installment of our history of burlesque series takes a look at the Leg Mania Artiste of the 1800s… And it’s not quite what you think! You might think of leg mania, in our times, as someone […]

Meet The Performer: Whisky Falls, Performing at All Shook Up 20 August

With our All Shook Up show just days away, we thought you’d like to meet the lovely who will be heading up the bill… Here she is – it’s Whisky Falls!  Scotch by name and Scotch by nature, Whisky Falls is a performer who will definitely leave you both shaken and stirred! Although London-based, Whisky […]

History Of Burlesque: The Skirt Dancer

Continuing our look at burlesque history, we’re examining the Skirt Dancer, one of the most dramatic and visual aspects of the vaudeville stage, most popular in the late 1800s. If you’ve been a regular on the burlesque scene – either through audience or performer, you will recognise a modern version of the skirt dancer in […]

Meet The Performer: Screaming Keating, hitting Clwb Kaboom! Friday 22 January

With our Clwb Kaboom! in Llanelli’s Ffwrnes Theatre just days away, we thought we’d introduce you to a boylesque treasure! Screaming Keating! His dance routines with fellow performer Ophelia Wilde are nothing short of spectacular, while his own boylesque routines are full of cheekiness and reference cult and culture (Bella Lugosi and Cabaret anyone?). We […]

Piercing The Veil… Why A Belly Dancer’s Prop Can Be Your New Costume Friend!

We all know that burlesque and belly dance are linked… Since belly dance first entered the Western World’s imagination at the Chicago World Fair in the 1880s (you can read about the history of burlesque and belly dance at the Chicago World Fair here) burlesque dancers have been emulating and converting the moves for our own […]

Facing Up To The Music – why you have no claim on the music you use for a routine…

Let’s admit it… Whether we are in the burlesque, cabaret, belly/contemporary/street dance -or any other performance forum that uses music, we’ve all gone out there and found the most suitable track for our act, one that has the most relevant words, the best notation for accents, etc. We’ve got excited, choreographed our act only to […]