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Tripping Along The Ledge

burlesque dancer

Published: Irish Times, April 19 2008

“I’m not necessarily making the comparison, but don’t Page 3 models usually say the same thing…?”

Burlesque artist discusses stripping, sleaze and stonemasonry

What’s the difference between a burlesque artist and a stripper?
A stripper mainly performs for a male audience and nothing is left to the imagination. It’s just about taking off your clothes. With burlesque, it’s as much about what you don’t show, as what you do.

Okay then, what don’t you show?
Well, there are many facets to burlesque, ranging from comedy, parody, farce and farce to striptease and titillation. It started in Europe, with things like Moulin Rouge, and then spread to America in the 1920s and 30s. It was only in America that the striptease element began to feature more heavily, but burlesque doesn’t necessarily involve striptease. Read the rest of this entry »