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BeBe Bardeaux–Kings, Queens, and Shake-Dancers on the Scene: The History of Black Burlesque and Drag in America
Students will explore the rich history of Black burlesque and drag shows in America, including the sociopolitical and cultural dynamics that both separate and intertwine these communities. There will be a focus on local DMV burlesque and drag history.
Bebe Bardeaux (she/her) is the award-winning Doll of DC! Also known as the “Bite-sized Bibliophile,” Bebe is a librarian, blogger, and published historian with a research focus on shake dancers in the 1930s-1970s. She was voted #46 in the worldwide 2021 Top 50 of Burlesque, presented by 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. In 2019, she won the Golden Smile Award at the Golden Legends Champion Challenge. Bebe competed in the 2018 Burlypicks World Championship after taking home the top prize in the DC regionals, and was nominated for the New York Burlesque Festival’s 2018 Hottest Freshman Golden Pastie Award. A vintage glamour girl at heart, Bebe has also been featured in several pinup magazines including Retro Lovely, Delicious Dolls, and Pinup Life. She’s the shake dancer of your wildest dreams!
Student requirements for class: Just come as you are!*
*no street shoes or high heels (only dance shoes for the dance studio or bare feet)
Advanced: $25, $22 Members
At Door Tickets: $30, $27 Members
8PM FILTHY GORGEOUS VARIETY Hosted by Maki Roll & Kittie Glitter
4PM BEBE BARDEAUX-KINGS, QUEENS, AND SHAKE-DANCERS ON THE SCENE
The History of Black Burlesque and Drag in America
8PM THE TELL-TALE MASQUERADE Hosted by Eden & Aurora Gorealis
2PM DRAG ME TO THE STAGE Hosted by Betty O’Hellno