This is how you Burlesque… Miss Dirty Martini

burlexe June 11, 2016 Modern Burlesque Dancers
Miss Dirty Martini

Miss Dirty Martini is a New York burlesque dancer revered throughout the community as an innovator, inspiration and all-out example of old-school Hollywood Glamour!

Miss Dirty Martini Burlesque

Winner of Miss Exotic World 2004, Miss Dirty Martini is known worldwide throughout the burlesque community. She’s also in the mainstream thanks to her appearance in Mathieu Amalric’s 2010 Cannes award winning film Tournee alongside Julie Atlas Muz and Kitten on the Keys.

Her acclaim in the burlesque dancing community has won her the top spot in 21st Century Burlesque’s Top 50 every year since it began in 2009. The people have spoken.

Miss Dirty Martini is known for incorporating and flipping traditional burlesque styles like the fan dance, balloon pop and shadow stripping. This has gained her a reputation as an innovator of the genre.

Her blonde bombshell look has also got attention as a 50s-style pinup. This includes posing for high end fashion brand Chanel (as seen above). Plus, the photographer was Chanel creative director, Karl Lagerfeld no less.

She continues to be an ambassador of the art form, straddling the old and the new. But we’ve decided to choose this rather odd Dirty Martini video as our favourite to show you.

It’s Dirty in a different environment, ignore the voiceover dude and revel in the cheekiness of the routine. It’s inspired a thousand dancers and really is the epitome of the new burlesque…

Learn more about how to burlesque dance with Julie Atlas Muz and watch our speedy burlesque history lesson.

(Main image by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel)