The art of burlesque became popular in the latter half of the 19th century, it is often mistaken for striptease, but in reality it is a far more complex performance. Often injected with comedy and caricature, the ladies who practice Burlesque are extremely talented, witty and extremely sexy. Burlesque is extremely popular in America and was one of the most popular live acts in the glamorous first half of the 20th century. The lady who put Burlesque on the map was the late, great Gypsy Rose Lee, who performed her famous show the “psychology of a Stripteaser” for over a decade and went onto become one of the most famous women in the world at that time.
Dita Von Tease is without doubt the world’s most famous burlesque star of the 21st century, she appears as if she is from another era with her pale skin, rouged lips and feminine 1950’s dress. Over the last few years Manchester has seen burlesque become a regular event on the city’s cultural calendar. Burlesque intrigues people, the dancer teases the audience, revealing just enough while concealing her most intimate parts. An interesting aspect of the Burlesque scene is that the audience at shows are often mainly women, straight and gay. I think this is a sign that Burlesque is not just a crude striptease, it is an art and so many women go because they appreciate the talent involved in this sensual act.
The best place to go in Manchester to watch an intimate Burlesque show is the Whim Wham café. This will be enhanced even further in the company of an exclusive company escort When you enter you feel you have been transported back in time to the glamorous era of the 1930’s. The Whim Wham café is one of Manchester’s newest hotspots and has proved a very popular haunt for Manchester’s cultured crowd. Just down from Gorilla under one of Whitworth’s streets railway arches, the café is an “Epicurean Eatery and Gin Saloon” and serves sensational traditional British food and drink. Their bar is thoughtfully stocked and offers unique and classic cocktails and of course a fabulous selection of gin. The burlesque nights at the bar are very good, the dancer weaves around the tables, teasing the customers while she elegantly removes her clothes, to reveal her pale delicate skin and a fabulous figure. I highly recommend you head down to one of their shows, but make sure you arrive early they are very popular and the tables fill up quickly.