This week - Victoria Belmont burns up the stage as that most exploited of bunnygirls - Mika Itoh from Bible Black!
This week - the dramatic conclusion to epic started last week! The “How To Burlesque Panel” concludes with Victoria Belmont,Murder Nurse, Allen Ryde, and Esmerelda May using Mr. E as a “man-prop” and then handing him off to some eager students. It’s “How To Burlesque Part 2 - Audience Participation Harder”!
This episode’s footage was shot at the 2013 Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival in Philadelphia, PA, and features London’s own Violet Blaze! This lovely lass took the top prize at Burlesque Idol 2012 and was the first runner-up at the afore-mentioned PA Burlesque Fest! This week, we’re proud to bring our friends to your attention as Violet Blaze ”reciprocates” your love and affections as Matron “Mama” Morton from Chicago!
At Cosplay Burlesque, we do not normally take political positions. Burlesque is sexy fun, and we don’t want to taint that wonderful cheese pizza of boobs, butts, and pasties with anchovies (some people love them, some hate ‘em).
But today, we are standing in solidarity our with LGBT friends, family, and PERFORMERS. This is why for the period that the US Supreme Court is hearing arguments regarding the Defense of Marriage Act, Cosplay Burlesque will proudly use the Marriage Equality Sign as our avatar.
125 years ago, Dr. A/Vsian would not have been allowed to marry Victoria Belmont. 75 years ago, Murder Nurse would not have been allowed to marry Denzel Washington. Today, many people are trying to deny Allen Ryde the right to marry Mr. E, if they so chose to do.
Denying other people’s happiness - that’s the start of defining “wrong” and at the heart of bullying. DOMA is definitely wrong and is a good example of bullying by law.
Consenting adults should be able to marry. The government should have no say in it and should not enable the denial of benefits/rights based on sexual orientation. We support the right to equal marriage at Cosplay Burlesque, and we thank you for taking the time to read this.
If you missed Zenkaikon - well, your huge loss, because Cosplay Burlesque was all over the place. Artist’s Alley, interviews, panels - and the big show! This week, we recap Cosplay Burlesque’s debut at Zenkaikon 2013 in 1,025 pictures!
Cosplay Burlesque’s Feature Friday: Allen Ryde
Once Upon a Time, long,ago, in a kingdom not too far far away I decided to become an entertainer and a performer. Having been introduced to the convention scene as a cosplayer, with a background in theatre design and production, I was already used to the idea of spectacle and entertainment and hoped to be doing that one day on a stage.
I already had been doing dance and martial arts for a good couple years and I was always interested in the art of burlesque. Up until getting into the world of burlesque I had mostly done ballet, bellydance, modern and other such forms of dance and different forms of martial arts and other physical activities. I also would perform in my university’s local drag shows since I found that being a cosplayer meant being able to take more challenges and risks to put on a humorous and entertaining show.
I didn’t get my first foray into more risque adult entertainment until I was 19 when I took up being a stripper and a go-go boy dancer for different clubs, bars and private events. I spent that time refining and re-expressing the art of dance and movement to not only just express or tell a character’s story but also to be sexy, adventurous and excite and ultimately entertain.
I joined Cosplay Burlesque officially in the Fall of 2010 and my first show I ever performed with them was Anime USA 2010 and I have been dancing with them ever since. Since that time I first joined I have been bringing different popular characters to life for your naughty entertainment from all over the pop culture spectrum.
Some of my most prominent and favorite characters to portray would be Irvine from FF8, Duke Devlin from Yugioh, Rurouni Kenshin and Flynn Ryder from Tangled and most recently adding Aladdin and Pip Bernadotte from Hellsing. As an extra challenge I have started to add bellydancing numbers to my list of dancing abilities and performances that I hope to be able to show and entertain with for future shows and keep on giving it my all happily ever after.
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This week - Cherry Valentine demonstrates the dangers of addiction to both drugs AND surgery. She’s the alking, talking after-school special of your wet dreams as Amber Sweet fromRepo! The Genetic Opera.