Two decades have passed since Heather Sweet, a young woman from Irvine, first turned heads and raised eyebrows at Captain Cream in Lake Forest with her then-novel, vintage-inspired striptease sets. Known simply as "Dita," she titillated the county's--later, the world's--interest in the sex appeal of old Hollywood glamour. Though she went on to become Dita Von Teese, burlesque superstar and pinup extraordinaire, and has all but abandoned Orange County--and the legendary club that acted as her springboard (and which closed in 2011)---the local neo-burlesque movement has only grown.
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The scene flourishes in the sultry hands of ladies such as promoter Yadi Hurtado and her company's residency at the Yost Theater, where any holiday or cultural phenomenon acts as a reason to strip down and celebrate--including the Tease the Season Christmas Burlesque and Variety Show on Dec. 11. Women of all body types and ages release their inner sexpot with themed costumes--sometimes elegant, sometimes funny, always elaborate--and classic, kitschy dance routines. Their polished acts, teeming with sexuality but never tawdry, draw large, supportive crowds for a night celebrating art's oldest muse: the female figure. This week, we're paying homage to the ravishing beauties of OC burlesque with a multi-page spread of dazzling performances from 2014--you're very welcome.
Interested in checking out the action? Harvelle's in Long Beach (www.harvelles.com) and the Yost (www.yosttheater.com) have a slew of events coming up to warm you during the holidays. For more information, visit our online calendar. See you there!