Dances of Vice

The group hosts enchanted evenings that are equal parts party, performance and fantasy

Whether performing at the annual invocation of Edward Gorey on Halloween, creating a ’60s spy film (complete with a femme fatale) or working with the Japan Society to evoke the otherworldly quality of primal futurism by light sculptor Mariko Mori, NYC collective Dances of Vice boldly conjures new dimensions for social occasions. The interpretive group has garnered widespread respect for bringing New York’s nightlife entertainment …

Behind the Scenes at Strip Strip Hooray

Mechanical bulls, confetti cannons and fog machines jazz up Dita Von Teese's traveling burlesque show

“They come dressed to the nines,” says Justin Moyer, production manager for Strip Strip Hooray. He’s referring to the pantheon of fans that flock to the performance, one of the preeminent shows in the neo-burlesque scene. Most come for Dita Von Teese—a pioneer of contemporary American burlesque and authority on elegance—although co-stars Murray Hill, Dirty Martini, Perle Noire, Selene Luna, Monsieur Romeo, Lada Nikolska and …

Le Cointreau Privé

One of our favorite Parisian hotels hosts Dita Von Teese for a month of burlesque affairs

Having visited the Hotel Particulier Montmartre when it opened in 2007, we recently returned for another stay in the artfully decorated private-residence-turned-hotel. While some of its charms remained the same—such as the view of the pétanque players in the neighboring courtyard, a curious collection of art books and fashion-forward magazines, and the feeling that you’ve stepped into an eccentric French fantasyland—the hotel’s ambiance and decor …