Testimonial: Tiffany Diamond

Testimonial: Tiffany Diamond

Tiffany Diamond is a recent graduate of the Academy of Burlesque with a dance background. She had been looking for a fun creative outlet that would let her express herself, and feel joy. Tell us a little about how you’d describe yourself before you started burlesque....

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Are You Living YOUR Dream?

Are You Living YOUR Dream?

When I first got into Burlesque, I almost immediately learned about the Burlesque Hall of Fame, and the Miss Exotic World competition. I’ve always been a competitive person. And I was super excited about being a candidate for Miss Exotic World. Starting in 2002, I...

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Testimonial: Amara Strutt

Testimonial: Amara Strutt

Amara Strutt came to the Academy of Burlesque in 2015 seeking a creative outlet.  Although she had an extensive background in dance, Amara had stepped away from her artistic side and settled into a comfortable routine as a bartender, while making dog collars on the...

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VISIONING! (And a secret…)

VISIONING! (And a secret…)

How did I come to create the Academy? BurlyCon? TwirlyGirl Pasties? What led me to compete for (and, in 2011, WIN) the Miss Exotic World Pageant? I pursued my visions. The greatest achievements of my life started as visions. They became manifest when I pursued them...

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Rhinestone Quality Guide

Rhinestone Quality Guide

By Kate Nyx Re-posted with permission from Ecdysiast Costumer Facebook GroupSwarovski: The best of the best. Dita Von Teese’s go-to brand for sparkle. Also the priciest, Swarovski is cut crystal [glass with a high lead content], and is the premiere brand...

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How To Apply Lip Glitter

How To Apply Lip Glitter

The most common questions I get are “How do their lips get soooo sparkly? What is that Lipstick you’re wearing? …and where can I get it?”Burlesque performers are known for their glitz and shine, but sparkly lips are at the absolute top of our shiny bag of...

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