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If you hear that someone's a burlesque performer, you might call to mind Gypsy Rose Lee's journey from vaudeville youngster to snobby stripper in Gypsy, or even the painted ladies of Moulin Rouge! Burlesque, however, is neither. And for the growing number of women who have found their way to nightlife performance from a concert-dance background, burlesque can feel pretty close to a feminist utopia--one where women's bodies and choreographic voices are celebrated.
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