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5/26/2013 – Burlesque Hall of Fame launches new exhibit: “Not-So-Hidden Histories: Performers of Color in Burlesque”

Dustin M. Wax, The Burlesque Hall of Fame
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May 26, 2011, 2013 – Las Vegas, NV – Shake dancers. Shimmy dancers. Hoochie-coochie girls. Exotics. Savages.

The history of burlesque is full of women (and some men) of color. Yet today, few remember these stars. But at one time, the pages of burlesque and pin-up magazines were full of performers of color. Black, Asian, Latina, South Pacific Islander, and Native American dancers were integral players in the history of burlesque.

Performers of color left an indelible mark on burlesque history. The challenges faced by the performers in this exhibition are, sadly, often still a part of contemporary performers’ lives. Racism, sexism, and stereotyping still shape the lives and experiences of today’s burlesque dancers. “It is important to show contemporary performers of color that they DO have historical mirrors – performers who not only looked like them, but prospered despite obstacles such as racism, sexism and stereotyping,” says exhibition co-curator Sydney F. Lewis (aka Doctor Ginger Snapz). “We ALL have legends who reflect our identities.”

The exhibit is open and opens officially with a cocktail reception on Friday, May 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.. Members of the press are welcome.

Coinciding with the exhibit launch is the 56th Annual Titans of Tease Reunion Showcase at this year’s Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender, held at The Orleans. An annual fundraiser for the world’s only museum dedicated to the history, present and future of burlesque, the event includes living Legends of color Gina BonBon, Toni Elling, Kitten Natividad and Tai Ping.

About the Burlesque Hall of Fame
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