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Lily Verlaine builds on ballet past for her shows

Lily Verlaine began her dance training in ballet, but she found her calling in the burgeoning theatrical burlesque scene of the 21st century.

She started in burlesque approximately ten years ago. “I arrived at the right moment,” she said about the explosion of acts around the country in the last decade. “I knew that I needed to do it. Obviously it worked out well for me. Now I’m so busy living it that it’s hard to reflect on it.”

As artistic director and choreographer, her list of credits include “Land Of The Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker,” “Through The Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice In Wonderland,” “Burlesco DiVino: Wine in Rome,” and “L’Histoire de Melody Nelson,” part of the choreographers’ showcase l’Edition Fran├žaise featuring Verlaine, W’him Whim artistic director Olivier Wevers, and Kitten LaRue. She also has toured the United States and Europe as a member of the Atomic Bombshells.

When people say burlesque, many think of Gypsy Rose Lee and the fan dancer…