Sunday, March 23, 2008

Bare facts of burlesque

Bumping and grinding have always been money-making moves, a point demonstrated this weekend at the second annual Greater Boston Burlesque Exposition.

The three-day event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cambridge includes a costume gallery and hours of dance lessons.

“Most of last year’s attendees are back and they’ve brought a bunch of new people,” said the event organizer, who goes by the name Scratch.

Burlesque, the raunchier cousin of vaudeville, was popular during the first half of the 20th century. The dance form, which showcased more tease than strip, has recently shimmied back into popular culture.

Lily Trajman, 29, a belly dancer from Cambridge, spent six hours at the expo and attended Friday night’s strip show, which included burlesque legends Satan’s Angel, Dusty Summers and April March. Trajman took the classes “Bumps, Grinds and Shimmies” and “Accessor-Tease! Integrating Props into Burlesque Performance.”

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