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Burlesque isn’t just for paunchy, middle-
aged men in smoky dive bars anymore. In fact,
it’s not just for men promised Pretty Boy Rock,
the master of ceremonies for the second annual
Florida Burlesque Festival in Fort Lauderdale.
Last year’s inaugural event at Cinema
Paradiso was a complete sell-out and producer
Bambi La Fleur has assembled another world
class line-up, including Miss Dirty Martini,
Dixie Dynamite and Rose Rainbow, as well
as the king of “boylesque,” Ray Gunn, for the
ladies and many gay fans.
Pretty Boy Rock, stage name for singer and
entertainer Jade Esteban Estrada, has traveled
the world, hosting festivals from Amsterdam
to Australia and will be serving as master of
entertainment, as La Fleur calls him. It’s a role
he takes seriously.
“I’m honored to usher in these performers
and be a guide for the Florida audiences to
what they are going to see,” he said.
“Many times you want a comic to be an
emcee at a burlesque show because we’re living
in a world where words have a lot of weight and
people can be easily offended and empowered
by what you say,” Estrada explained. “The
mostly female cast should always be and feel
empowered. It’s easy to be sexist in a burlesque
show, but being sexy and suggestive presents a
very thin line with sexism.”
Ultimately, he pointed out, burlesque is all
about sexy seduction, not just bare boobs and
Estrada discovered his love for burlesque
while hosting his first show in Austin, Texas,
six years ago.
“I’ve always been tuxedos and boas anyway,
kind of a rare bird in comedy, and something
magical happened,” he recalled. “I could
easily stay home and work stand up comedy
clubs because they pay a lot more, but there’s
something about being in the middle of a
movement that is steering the zeitgeist. That’s
After the South Florida performance, he
will headline shows in Poland, Malta and New
Zealand. He predicts the entertainment form
will continue to gain global popularity, but
fears in 10 to 15 years, burlesque will become
commercialized and “watered down,” not
nearly as exciting as it is today.
Estrada understands the art form intimately
because he himself has taken the stage to take
it all off.
“I’ve jumped in the pool with all of these
performers and taken off my clothes. My
understanding deepened tremendously when
I became a boylesque performer
Wardrobe malfunctions happen much more
frequently than they do at the Super Bowl,” he
said with a chuckle.
Why does he continue to put himself on
stage, show after show? Certainly, his family
still has difficulty reconciling his fascination
“Once you see what burlesque is and
experience the best, you’ll understand. After
watching a 94-year-old burlesque legend
stripping, I will never complain about anything
again, like ‘my leg hurts’. It’s a life changing
moment,” he concluded.
BuRlesQue festival BRings
“sexy” Back to foRt laudeRdale
Gay Performer Helps Put the “Sexy” Back into Burlesque
Bambi La Fleur presents the second annual Florida Burlesque Festival,
Friday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 6 at 8:30 p.m . at Cinema Paradiso,
503 SE 6th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $35 -100.
For more information, go to FloridaBurlesqueFestival.com.
Sweet Baby Rock will
host the second annual
Festival, Sept. 5 – 6 at
Cinema Paradiso in Fort
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