Hiding behind feathers as she undresses onstage, Cherokee Rose’s act is reminiscent of Josephine Baker.
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By day, Amanda is an accountant. But some nights, she assumes her saucy alter ego, gets onstage and strips off her clothes, as part of the growing U.S. burlesque movement.As "Ellie Quinn" strips defiantly against a backdrop of bad music, a message written across her back is revealed.The cabaret aspect of burlesque is first and foremost, performers and producers said, arguing that total nudity is not the objective.Burlesque had its heyday at the beginning of the 20th century, survived Prohibition and went out of fashion in the 1960s.Its strong renaissance a dozen or so years ago was spurred by the movies "Moulin Rouge" in 2001 and "Burlesque" in 2010, starring Cher and Christina Aguilera.In Washington alone more than half a dozen venues now offer burlesque shows.
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