So we all know I am a new performer and this was something I started to build my self esteem up and to finally be happy with me the way I am. Well recently the burlesque community has been under attack by our lovely law makers over what we wear and show while performing.
We have begun the fight of under boo and ass cheeks!!!!!!!
People I live in the city of Sin. where if I ever wanted to I could at any time become a stripper wearing nothing more then a tiny ass g-string. Now I have known some amazing strippers who have worked their asses off and have done some awesome things with the money they bring in and those who spend it all on their kids. So I have absolutely no beef with strippers so please do not take this as if I do.
I am a born native of this town I have always held with the warmest of love, but right now I want to get into my cities head and go "What the hell are you doing?" WE ARE LAS VEGAS FOR FUCK SAKE!!!!!!! I was the child who grew up seeing the ass for a show girl and thought nothing of it. Our city which makes a good portion of the states revenue is made up of what people don't see around the world. People come here specifically for the debauchery. By this I mean the gambling, the barely dressed women, and if we like it or not the drugs and hookers too. We are the only state that has brothels and I commend us for having legal brothels because people enter that profession of their own accord. I digress though this whole thing is about what my damn city is doing. We have a drug problems and and illegal prostitution running in our county that goes on and they can't seem to get a handle on it. Personally I have known several escorts though out my life that worked quit easily here in this city and made really good money from it as well. And if you have lived in this city long enough and either frequent or work in casinos you can spot any level of prostitute in the place. Now of course this is coming from a born native and I am not putting any fact sheets with this so don't get your panties in a bunch Las Vegas you will see where I am going with this in a moment along with everyone else.
I'm sure you can all see that our past motto of "What's happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" was so fitting. As far as I know Burlesque has been in this city for over a decade since the boom of neo brought it back. But if you look at our history of headliners on the strip you will see Burlesque has deep roots here. As a new performer I am fucking proud of this history and giggle with glee when ever I see a legend who has been living here and performing here for many years.We also happen to have that one place...what was it called again....OH YA THE BURLESQUE HALL OF FAME MUSEUM!!!!!!! It was established years before it called us home but it was stayed for good back in 2010. Along with this we have the most amazing weekend every year the benefit weekend for the museum known as the BHOF Weekender. The weekender has been going on in Las Vegas since 2006 starting at the celebrity Theatre. 2008 at the Palms, the Plaza and the Orleans. The only location where the latest ridiculousness happened at was the Palms.
What is the Ridiculousness I am talking about you may be asking yourself? Well it just happens after 4 years of having absolutely phenomenal shows Live Burlesque was told by our happy home that they are no longer allowed to shoe UNDER BOOB!!!!!! And get this was aren't allowed to show our ASS CHEEKS either!!!!!!!
PLEASE reread the above section again I'll wait......
Okay now that we all see what the problem is let's continue with our current issue. Now this became an issue just recently The location we have been all either performing at or actively being audience members at was given an inspection and was told that one of the issues made it illegal for any performer in Live Burlesque in Las Vegas to perform the way we have been for the past four years.
Below or terms outlined when it comes to dancers and establishements
6.35.040 Prima facie evidence of erotic dance establishment.permanent link to this piece of content
It shall be prima facie evidence that a business is an erotic dance establishment when one or more dancers displays or exposes, with less than a full opaque covering, that portion of the female breast lower than the upper edge of the areola, or entices or persuades a patron to purchase a beverage sold in the establishment.
6.35.030 Definitions.permanent link to this piece of content
In this Chapter the following definitions and those in Title 6 shall apply unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
"Dancer" means a person who dances, models, personally solicits drinks or otherwise performs for an erotic dance establishment and who seeks to arouse or excite the patrons' sexual desires.
"Erotic dance establishment" means a fixed place of business which emphasizes and seeks, through one or more dancers entertainers, to arouse or excite the patrons' sexual desires. Erotic dance establishments are deemed to be places of public accommodation.
"Security guard" means a person who acts as a doorman or bouncer or who performs a function described in NRS 648.016
And now here are your establishment definitions
6.35.010 Findings.permanent link to this piece of content
The Las Vegas City Council finds that:
Erotic dance establishments, if unregulated, will likely lead to an increase in prostitution, venereal disease, drug and alcohol offenses, fraud and other criminal activity;
Erotic dance establishments sometimes are fronts for or operated by persons associated with organized criminal activities, and the need to scrutinize such dance studios is thereby enhanced;
The law enforcement resources available for responding to problems associated with or created by erotic dance establishments are limited and are best conserved by regulating and licensing erotic dance establishments and those associated with them; and
The public health, safety and welfare require that erotic dance establishments and their employees be regulated and licensed in order to reduce the potential for harm.
(Ord. 3916 § 2 (part), 1995)
6.35.020 Purpose.permanent link to this piece of content
The purpose of this Chapter is to regulate erotic dance establishments to the end that the many types of criminal activities frequently engendered by such establishments will be curtailed. However, it is recognized that such regulation cannot de facto approach prohibition. Otherwise a protected form of expression would vanish. This Chapter represents a balancing of competing interests: reduced criminal activity through the regulation of erotic dance establishments versus the protected rights of erotic dancers and patrons.
Can I just say non of us are prostitutes and nothing we do is going to being a rise in venereal deisease. Can I alos point out that non of us are trying to turn people on. Personally I am a joker who like to be comedic or if anything I would rather make someone slightly uncomfortable, but never turned on. Also I have never bee nto a show where anyone has attempted to solicit drinks I would never want to do that either and frankly it would freak me out if it happened. Now where do lines start getting blurred in how this is becoming a personal attack in my opinion or just a way to start forcing people to empty their pockets for unnecessary licenses for small neighborhood bars and other establishments that we have had the chance to perform in? Well what bests tells all are pics so here are a few.