Burlesque in NYC: Classes and shows this fall

Burlesque is an increasingly popular art form in New York City. Want to catch a show by some of the best in the business — like Dita Von Teese or Angie Pontani? Below is a round-up of some of the burlesque shows coming up soon. Bonus: Scroll down for a list of places around town where you can take your own burlesque dancing classes.

Upcoming NYC burlesque shows:

‘Strip, Strip, Hooray!’

Burlesque star Dita Von Teese is coming to The Gramercy Theater with her burlesque variety show “Strip, Strip, Hooray!” Audiences will be entertained with four of Von Teese’s most impressive performances, including “Bird of Paradise,” where she is perched inside a posh gilded Victorian birdcage dressed in feathers. $40 general admission; Sept. 30-Oct. 4, www.stripstriphooray.com

New York Burlesque Festival

Thirsty Girl & Pontani Productions present the 11th annual New York Burlesque Festival, which iscelebrating over a decade of glitter and glamour in Gotham.” There will be more than 120 performances by burlesque and variety entertainers from all over the world. $10-$70, Sept. 26-Sept. 29, www.thenewyorkburlesquefestival.com

Coney Island Spectacular

Gotham Burlesque promises “15 unique and thrilling acts” such as the hula-hooping Miss Saturn and chanteuse Grace Gotham. $39 general admission, plus a two-drink minimum; Oct. 5, www.gothambburlesque.com

‘Eager to Lose’

Ars Nova’s “Eager to Lose” is a burlesque play about the club Tim Tam Room, the club’s crown jewel Tansy, who announces her imminent departure, and the club’s MC who is left holding his heart in his hands. Tickets are $10 Oct. 9-12, $20 Oct. 16-19, $30 Oct. 20-Nov. 2; www.arsnovanyc.com

Try it yourself! NYC burlesque classes:

The New York School of Burlesque offers a range of classes, from 1940s burlesque style to neo-burlesque, chair dance classes and ultimate self-confidence classes. www.schoolofburlesque.com

Brown Girls Burlesque promises that you will “have a blast exploring your sensuality, telling your story and just being downright hot and saucy” at Peeling into Burlesque classes in Bed-Stuy. www.browngirlsburlesque.com/classes

Burlesque Bikini Bootcamp, located in Chelsea, combines aerobics, strength training, ballet and yoga with the burlesque art of the tease. www.burlesquebikinibootcamp.com


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