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A stripped-down introduction to the local burlesque scene from Las Vegas Weekly

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Trixie Little of New York performs during the Movers, Shakers & Innovators Showcase at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend inside the showroom at The Orleans in Las Vegas Thursday, June 2, 2011.

Las Vegas Weekly: Burlesque edition

For years, the country’s top burlesque performers trekked to a goat farm in Helendale, Calif., where they’d dance poolside among friends under the desert sun. The tasseled reunion, its boas, G-strings and elaborate hairdos cued the annual Miss Exotic World Pageant, where legends were honored and new dancers tapped into the underground community of modern burlesque.

Then came the moving trucks, the new digs, the bright lights. Miss Exotic World headed to Las Vegas, where it’s now in its sixth year, and where the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend has exploded into a four-day bump and grind festival packed with past and contemporary performers, competitions, showcases, awards and honors, master classes, pinup photo shoots and plenty of vintage kitsch.

You can read more of this week's Las Vegas Weekly cover story on the state of modern burlesque by clicking here. The online version posted on our sister website, lasvegasweekly.com, includes photos, a video profile and a take on the state of the pinups.

Click here for an introduction to some of Las Vegas' favorite performers.

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  1. The Burlesque Hall of Fame rules! And it shares space with The Beat.

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