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Shake it off: the New Orleans Burlesque Festival is Sept. 15-18 

Dancers from the around the world perform classic and edgy, contemporary burlesque

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The New Orleans Burlesque Festival is built on classic burlesque styles, and the Queen of Burlesque competition (8 p.m. Friday at Civic Theatre) features dancers from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. performing to live music. Contestants include Hazel Honeysuckle, Puss-N-Boots and Raquel Reed from New York, Minxie Mimieux from Dallas, Betsy Bottom Dollar and Lou Lou la Duchesse de Riere from Canada and Havana Hurricane from the U.K. The Bad Girls of Burlesque showcase (11 p.m. Friday at House of Blues) features edgier acts by Canadian exotic dancing champion Roxi D'Lite, Lili St. Byr from Los Angeles, Dahlia Dangerous from New Zealand, and New Orleans dancers Miss Stormy Gayle, Chere Noble, Elle Dorado and Juno. Other shows feature dancers from Australia, Japan, Canada and the U.S., as well as drag performers and circus acts. Danse Macabre (8 p.m. Sunday at One Eyed Jacks) explores goth styles and the show is followed by the closing night party with a DJ. Visit the festival website for schedule and tickets.

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