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Tuesday Tease: Portland’s All That Glitters Burlesque Academy

DSC_3544-e1384568325700Exciting news! Portland, Oregon’s getting a brand new burlesque school!

I recently got an e-mail from Holly Dai, who used to be with the Frim Fram Foxies, (who we did a feature on back in July of 2012) among other troupes, and she told me about her exciting new venture: the All That Glitters Burlesque Academy. Her partner in this new venture is Tana the Tattooed Lady, who is a veteran of the Seattle burlesque scene and a former member of one of the pioneering Northwest burlesque troupes, the Atomic Bombshells.

It’s always an exciting time when you see burlesque schools start to pop up in towns like Portland because it’s a sign that the scene is growing and certainly, will continue to grow as students leave to produce their own shows and form their own troupes. I’ve certainly seen the Portland burlesque community grow significantly over the last three years. While the scene still remains relatively small, I think in a couple years, Portland’s burlesque scene will rival that of Seattle or San Francisco. I also have a feeling that All That Glitters will be, in no small part, responsible for that growth.

Holly also teased (how appropriate!) some exciting news. Oregon may be getting its very first burlesque festival! They aren’t saying much at this point but we’ll be waiting with bated breath to hear more news on this exciting development.

We sure appreciate Holly and Tana taking time out of their busy lives to chat with us about All That Glitters, their influences, their history, the Portland scene and more. They even offer a little advice to those of you out there that’d like to start your own burlesque academy.

So, without further ado, I give you Holly Dai and Tana the Tatooed Lady!
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Tuesday Tease: Final Holiday Burlesque Round-Up

tumblr_lwbqv3tk6h1qa70eyo1_500_largeChristmas is just a week away! Can you believe it? And, just when we thought we had mentioned all the holiday-themed burlesque shows that were happening, a whole new crop of burly shows pop up.

We got a sexy take on Charlie Brown’s Christmas happening in Los Angeles, courtesy of the Monday Night Tease gang. Naked Girls Reading will be reading “A Christmas Carol” in New Orleans. Here in Seattle, Ben DeLaCreme and Kitten LaRue (The Atomic Bombshells) will be presenting their legendary “Homo for the Holidays” show, now celebrating its fifth year! The gals from Purrlesque in North Carolina are offering two different shows in one night for a discounted price, with live music! There’s even a workshop in Tucson, Arizona where Fanny Galore will teach you how to put on a sexy Santa-themed striptease for that special someone on Christmas night after you put the kids to sleep.

Lots of sexy holiday fun out there for you folks. Take a break from the shopping and enjoy yourself. That’s what the holidays are all about, right?
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Tuesday Tease: Portland’s Frim Fram Foxies!

Get ready Portland burlesque fans, there’s some new, sexy sheriffs in town!

The Frim Fram Foxies have only been together a little over a year but they’re already making waves in the PDX burlesque scene with cleverly themed shows like “suicide burlesque” where the audience picks a song for a Foxie to dance to without cluing her in as to what it is beforehand. Basically a sexier version of suicide karaoke. And on Friday, August 10 they’ll be bringing their 90s themed show, “In Living Colour Burlesque” to the Funhouse Lounge. Pick up your tickets before they’re gone.

While the troupe is relatively new, they are far from being newcomers to the burlesque scene. Tana the Tatooed Lady of Seattle’s legendary Atomic Bombshells and Holly Dai, founder of the Rose City School of Burlesque have been performing on Pacific Northwest stages for years now. That said, they claim to be Portland’s first proper burlesque troupe, with previous organizations, like Rose City Shimmy being more collectives than troupes. We’re incredibly honored that they’ve chosen Brown Paper Tickets to ticket their one-of-a-kind shows and we can’t wait to watch these girls rise to prominence in the Rose City and beyond. With their beauty, talent, pedigree and compelling, original ideas, I think we’re going to be hearing a lot more from the Foxies.

We sat down and chatted with Holly Dai to discuss how the troupe got together, their influences and a little about the Portland scene. Holly even offered up some great advice for troupes that are just getting started.
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