Dita Von Teese – Strip Strip Hooray!

Oh, Dita!

For those of you who are not familiar, Dita Von Teese is the international QUEEN of Burlesque. Her beauty, style, and elaborate attire have made her a worldwide sensation in the burlesque world. Last week she came to New York to perform and I had the pleasure of watching her and her troupe undress and bat their eyelashes. It was divine.

Dita’s show was a spectacle of glamour and glitter. It comprised of four of her own performances and about six performances by other burlesque stars from all over the world, ranging from the sexiest man, Monsieur Romeo, to the smallest woman, Selene Luna. All hosted by “the hardest working middle-aged man in show business,” MC Murray Hill.

Photo by Kaylin Idora

Photo by Kaylin Idora

Photo by Kaylin Idora

Dita began the show with a martini glass act featuring a very classy and seductive disrobing before stepping up into a large martini glass complete with twirling and splashing.

Photo by Kaylin Idora

Photo by Kaylin Idora

Next came the famous ‘Rhinestone Cowgirl!’ performance. My jaw dropped as Dita came on stage in a head to toe pink glitter cowgirl outfit. She whipped out her lipstick, then her gun, and off the clothes went!

Photo by Todd Williamson

Photo by Kaylin Idora

Photo by Kaylin Idora

Dita’s third performance, entitled ‘Bird of Paradise,’ was an exquisite portrayal of an exotic bird. Even the bird cage sparkled. Every tiny detail of each performance was well thought out and planned. It was perfect.

Photo by Todd Williamson

Photo by Todd Williamson

The final performance of the evening was Dita’s ‘Opium Den,’ an exotic Asian themed love nest. Spectacular!

Photo by Todd Williamson

Photo by Kaylin Idora

Photo by Todd Williamson

Photo by Todd Williamson

For more information on the show including videos and pictures.

9th Annual NYC Burlesque Festival

I am a bit late in posting about this, but the first weekend in October was the 9th Annual New York City Burlesque festival, a mixture of outlandish acts with scantly clad men, women, and something in between, all taking their clothes of and performing lewd behaviors. Definitely my kind of scene.

I attending the Teaser Party Friday night, no expectations and no idea what I was even signing up for. Arriving early at my destination in Brooklyn, the venue was on a dark deserted street in some warehouse Brooklyn is so well known for. Hosted by the World Famous Bob, a 200+ pound, over 6ft tall woman with enormous breasts and features resembling that of Marilyn Monroe, opened the scene with revelry and depravity.

She hosted through 23 different acts of various magnitude. My favorites included a classic burlesque act with a beautiful women done up in the old style with a corset and thigh high stockings dancing around and slowly taking it all off. Wonderful.

The show also involved a man swallowing an entire balloon. No, not a round balloon, but one of those long ones the clowns use to make giraffes and puppy dogs outs of. The kind then resembles a… Well you get the idea. A woman also dressed as a robot and turn Mr. Roboto into a strip dance. A Christmas Story was also corrupted by a short haired woman who was way too into her Red Rider BB Gun.

Another favorite of mine was a spinoff of Disney. A beautiful princess, Snow White I believe, singing to the birds, happy and innocent until she discovers that certain dirty things feel very good. She was beautiful and this was tastefully done.

I would love to share photographs, but they are either too inappropriate or of terrible quality due to the flash and the stage lights causing this gross pink glare.

The show was a spectacle and well worth the trip down into grimy Brooklyn. There are a few burlesque places in Manhattan that I look forward to checking out and blogging about at a later date. Definitely check out the festival next year. It is an amazing show.