An Exotic History: American Showgirls

The first American showgirls emerged in the United States in 1907, created by producers such as Florenz Zigfried and Margaret Kelly Leibovici, otherwise known as Miss Bluebell. Striptease was one of the many sideshows featured in travelling carnivals, and female performers incorporated the tent pole into their routines by climbing to the top and... Continue Reading →

An Exotic History: The Windmill Theatre

Named after a windmill that had once stood at the same site, The Windmill Theatre first opened in London as a small playhouse, replacing Britain’s first art house cinema, the Palais de Luxe. Laura Henderson, the widowed wife of a wealthy merchant, bought the Palais de Luxe in 1930. Mrs. Henderson and her theatre manager, Vivian Van Damm, decided to... Continue Reading →

A Exotic History: The Moulin Rouge

The second industrial revolution saw a time of frivolity unfolding in Paris. With electricity being rolled out across the city, cabarets like ‘Le Chat Noir’, ‘Le Miriton’ and ‘Les Folies Bergères’ were established and offered a place for aristocrats and workers alike to relax and enjoy themselves. These venues generally settled in Montmartre, at... Continue Reading →

An Exotic History: The Golden Age of Burlesque

In the Victorian Age, although separated by wealth and privilege, both society’s elite and working class indulged in exotic entertainment. Women went to great lengths to hide their physical forms beneath bustles, hoops and frills, and so the idea of young ladies appearing on stage in their silk stockings and bustiers was a controversial temptation.... Continue Reading →

Stripping in the age of the Me Too movement

New book gives insight into the stripping industry in Australia At a time when women’s rights are being highlighted daily in the media, Paid To Dance: Asha's Story Part Two offers a comprehensive insight into the stripping industry, allowing readers to make up their own minds about whether it is liberating or degrading to women,... Continue Reading →

One Week Until Paid To Dance : Asha’s Story Part One

One week until release day!! Cannot believe how quickly this has crept up! You can still pre-order through Amazon, or directly through me if you want a signed copy (Australia only). The first chapter is also up on my website. I look forward to continuing the Paid To Dance journey with you!

LAUNCH: Paid To Dance: Stripping Past & Present: Annie/Sasha’s Story (Excerpt)

LAUNCH: In this post you can read an excerpt from the story of Annie/Sasha, one of fourteen exotic dancers featured in Paid To Dance. Annie/Sasha (Excerpt) I started dancing when I was eighteen, and before that I had worked in a pretty good job. I never thought I would be capable of being an... Continue Reading →

LAUNCH TODAY: Paid To Dance: Stripping Past & Present

It's today! Paid To Dance is NOW AVAILABLE from Amazon in paperback and Kindle Ebook!   Paid To Dance: Stripping Past & Present is a comprehensive insight into the mysterious world of exotic dance. Throughout history, exotic entertainment has existed in cultures around the world as a form of expression and appreciation. The book opens... Continue Reading →

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