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  • Dita Von Teese
    Dita Von Teese (born Heather Renée Sweet) is an American burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, entrepreneur and occasional actress. She is thought to have helped re-popularize burlesque per...
  • Amalia Isabel Aguilar
    Amalia Aguilar (born July 3, 1924) is a Cuban and Mexican film actress and dancer of the Golden age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s and 1950s. She was considered one of the icons of the Rumberas film....
  • Josephine Baker (1906 - 1975)
    Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) was an American-born dancer, singer, and actress. Nicknamed the "Bronze Venus", the "Black Pearl", and even the "Créole Goddess" in angloph...
  • Anna Johnson (c.1907 - c.1976)
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    Mae West (1893–1980) was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter and sex symbol. For her contribution to the film industry, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street...

American form of burlesque has its origins in 19th century music hall entertainments and vaudeville, in the early 20th century American burlesque re-emerged as a populist blend of satire, performance art, and adult entertainment featuring striptease and broad comedy acts that derived their name from the low comedy aspects of the literary genre known as burlesque.

Here the term "burlesque" was used loosely to describe these adult revue shows in which striptease acts would perform - often with themes, characters or gimmicks - but classic striptease and "hootchy kootchy" dance were already forms in themselves and not automatically "burlesque" by default.

In burlesque, performers, usually female, often create elaborate sets with lush, colorful costumes, mood-appropriate music, and dramatic lighting, and may even include novelty acts, such as fire breathing or contortionists, to enhance the impact of their performance.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlesque

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