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Shimmy and shake

Local burlesque artist teaches the 'Arts Upload' team some tricks of the trade

Photo of Sophie Sassafras with words 'Burlesque 101'
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Kansas City is no stranger to the art of the tease.

Beginning in the ’40s, KC had a vibrant burlesque scene, and some of that legacy lives on with a number of local artists.

Sophie Sassafras teaches the craft to a new crop of aspiring performers at studios around the metro. She calls it Burlesque 101, and the Sassafras syllabus focuses mainly on the basics of strip tease and pin-up hair and makeup, as well as some female empowerment.

This story appeared on the latest edition of KCPT’s “Arts Upload” series. 

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