The Annual Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender Review - A Fun Titilating Weekend in Las Vegas

Photography by Greg Autry




I was excited to attend the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender, at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas and yet, I didn't really know what to expect.  I love Burlesque and have always found it to be a magical throw back in time.  As an impressionable youngster in the 50's, I remember seeing those ever so exotic images of Lil St Cyr, Gypsy Rose Lee, Tempest Storm, and so many others. 




I think  of Burlesque as sensual Striptease, along with naughty jokes by guys in baggy pants, and maybe a clown or two thrown in.  For me it has always been about those iconic 50's, Black and White Images, forever burned into my subconscious.  I've continued to cover Burlesque more recently  in small venues, and its modern day variations, at such venues as Trapeze in LA and San Francisco, and a recent farewell to Lou Lou Roxy, here in Las Vegas




The Burlesque Hall of Fame, BHoF, is a real museum right here in Las Vegas. It is a Non-Profit Charity 501(c)(3), with a mission to preserve, celebrate, and inspire the Art of Burlesque.  This year's event was held from June 4, through June 7, with 4 days and nights of fun and titillation [sorry - I couldn't resist].  The weekend event is an annual occurrence, and is the largest fundraiser of the year for BHoF.



I covered the first and last night of performances, ` Movers, Shakers & Innovators' and  ` Icons and All-Stars', as well as an  AfterParty hosted by my friends, Trapeze.  Two performances I could not attend were ` Titans of Tease Reunion', and  ` Tournament of Tease'.  Over the four days I would guesstimate there were around 200 performers, from all over the world. They came from too many States to name, and countries as far away as Japan, Australia, and Canada.



I confess to having too much fun at the Trapeze afterparty. Hosted by my buds, Aaron Delachaux and The Klown as Producers and DJ's. That was the first time I've stayed  up all night, till past sunrise the next a long,  LONG, time .




In addition to the nightly Shows and AfterPartys, there were Vendors, and  additional daily events including a Pool Party, Bowling, a Finishing School,  a group Photo Safari, and Seminars galore.  My friend Janet Boyd went to the Vendor Showcase to check out the fans, pasties, and sequined bras.  Nothing like getting the perspective of a Pro, who noted so many things now-a-days are made with plastic.



 I was  very impressed  with the quality of the stage productions.  The lighting, engineering, and sound Crew at the Orleans  really got it right.  The Stage was beautiful and  `Oh-So-Big', with plenty of room for the larger groups to perform in full regalia.  There are of course room packages available at The Orleans, for those attending, and as I understand the weekend was a sellout.  Better reserve early, for next year.



I also learned  a lot at the BHoF Weekender. In my mind , Burlesque  is about sexy Striptease, and Vaudeville type comic acts.  I think back to the likes of Tommy Moe Raft and Lou Ascol at the old Silver Slipper here in Las Vegas.   BHoF had wonderful, and funny, host and Emcees.  The performers were all sexy and beautiful, and all sizes and shapes. Albeit some too sexy for pics here.



I learned that today's Burlesque is  not only the sexy that I remember, it is bigger and more Theatrical. Today's shows  are about bringing a wide array of Community together to create, to dance, to explore, and most importantly, to allow everyone to express who they truly are, without judgment, without restraint.   And I think that is a lesson all of society could well learn. I say Bravo to the Burlesque Hall of Fame. I'll be back, and by-the-way, let's keep the sexy too. 



I found it would be impossible to try and name all the Performers whom I photographed and talked with over the 4 days. Please take time to take a look at the various links herein, and let the folks know that you saw them here, in Splash Magazine.  I also enjoy your Comments and Feedback.  You can reach me through Splash, or via my Facebook Page, Greg Autry Art & Photo.



Watch for my next Article in LA Splash Magazine, where I carry on from Burlesque to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas Showgirl.  I will talk with one of the most  iconic  Showgirls in Las Vegas history, Janet Boyd.   I will carry on with my new City, Las Vegas, reporting on things I find interesting involving Art, Fashion, and of course Events and Shows.




I enjoy your Comments and Feedback.  You can reach me through Splash, or via my Facebook Page, Greg Autry Art & Photo. And please NOTE, there are a lot more photos from BHoF on my Facebook Page.  Keep those card-n-letters (and emails )  coming in . 


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