Camden Council and burlesque dancers across London have got their frilly knickers in a twist over the licensing of burlesque performaces. The Council requires any establishment which shows nudity on stage, and has entertainment of an adult nature, to hold the same licence held by the borough’s lap dancing venues. But burlesque dancers are arguing the nature of their performance is an art form, and oppose being categorised with strippers and lap dancers.
The story came about this week when the Evening Standard reported how regular burlesque nights held at popular music venues such as Koko and Roundhouse may be under threat if they do not acquire the appropriate licence, Striptease or art? The question for burlesque taste police.