The ABC Burly-Q Book Review

As summer approaches, many of our readers will be getting packed up for their holidays , so why not get stocked up on some burlesque-reading, to while away the hours whilst you sit sipping cocktails in the shade of a palm tree by the pool? This month, we’ve put together a little review of some […]

Burlesque: Steal that Style for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day upon us, are you all ready for romance? Whether you’re planning a fancy evening out or a saucy night in, why not take some inspiration from the world of burlesque… Dressed to the Nines Your Valentine has promised to take you out somewhere special, but what is a girl to wear? You […]

Why Being a Burlesque Performer is Like Being a Super Hero

Yes, you read that correctly. I’m not talking saving damsels in distress, battling flaming dragons or defeating treacherous villains (although don’t get me wrong; those are all valid act scenarios in themselves). I’m talking about the mystery, the adventures and the chance to live out your craziest dreams and bring your imagination to life. Much […]

Burlesque: Embarrassing Confessions Part 3

Our embarrassing moments blog is back. We’ve got fan dance fiascos and costume calamities aplenty. Forgive us as we strip back the glamour, forego the tease and tell it like it is; this is what happens when burlesque goes tits up…. FAN DANCE FIASCOS “I was doing a private show one time for a posh […]

Burlesque: Embarrassing Confessions Part 2

Burlesque: Embarrassing Confessions returns. Back by popular demand, we have a host of musical mishaps, gravitational failures and toilet traumas to make you giggle or cringe. Forget the glamour, rhinestones and glitter and join us for our latest round-up of burlesque boobs (pun intended). SKIPPED A BEAT… OR ALL OF THEM “A few years ago, […]

Burlesque: Embarrassing Confessions Part 1

We’re rolling out the red carpet for a brand new blog series here at the ABC, but do watch your step, you wouldn’t want to take a tumble in front of the audience now, would you? (Can you guess where we’re going with this?) Well, if you haven’t worked it out already, welcome to the […]

Viva’s Hen Party, Edinburgh

Behind the scenes of a burlesque performer/teacher/hen party organiser’s own hen party… As co-director of Academy of Burlesque & Cabaret, and a lover of all things glittery, glamorous, bawdy and over-the-top, I wanted my own hen party to be an amalgamation of my favourite things. I was lucky enough to have my hen night organised […]

Celebrity Posing Secrets

The Awards Season is in full swing. Designers, stylists and publicists are on red alert for that fatal ‘worst dressed’ award which can destroy their celebrities’ bargaining power with potential career investors. Would Eva tell you she thought she was ‘worth it’ if she’d had a bad hair season?  A career breaker for not only […]

PhD in Striptease

Did you know… my co-director, the indomitable Dr Gypsy Charms (Sarah C Vernon) completed a PhD in Sociology specialising in striptease from the University of Glasgow in 2011? The thesis entitled ‘The Private, the Public and the Pubic: Striptease and Naked Power in Scotland’ is a groundbreaking piece of research into striptease in Scotland.  Gypsy […]

Cabaret New Burlesque Workshop

I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to attend a fabulous three-hour workshop in London with four megastars of burlesque: Dirty Martini (pictured, right, with me), Julie Atlas Muz, Mimi le Meaux and Kitten on the Keys. I’ve had the privilege of sharing the stage with Kitten on the Keys (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and danced with […]