February Feature Dancer – Dita Von Teese

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United-StatesExplicitlist  Feature Dancer showcase Dita Von Teese


Dita Von Teese (born Heathers Renee Sweet,  on september 20th 1972  september 20th 1972) is an american burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, entreprenuer and actress. Dita Von Teese along with other performers and club promoters helped resurrect and repopularized burlesque as  art form.


 was born in Rochester Michigan the middle of three daughters in a middle class family. Her father was a machinist and her mother a manicurist. She is of English, Scottish, Armenian and German heritage.


Von Teese is known fascination 1940s cinema and classic vintage style. This began at a young age and was fostered by her mother who would buy clothes for her daughter to dress up in. For mother was fan of old Golden Age – era Hollywood films, and it was from her that fun t developed a fascination with the actions of the day, especially Betty Grable.


She was classically trained as a ballet dancer , dance solo at the age of 13 for a local ballet company so she originally wanted to be a ballerina, Von Teese states that “by 15,  I was as good as l’d ever be.” She was later to incorporateto incorporate decelopment for burlesque shows,  where she frequently goes en Pointe. Her family relocated from Michigan to Orange County California. Where Von Teese attend University High school in Irvine.


When Von Teese was a teenager, her mother took her to buy her first bra, a plain white cotton and gave her a  plastic egg with a pair of  wrinkly flesh colored tights Von Teese says she was disappointed as she had been hoping to receive beautiful lacy garments and stockings, like the ones she had seen in her father’s Playboy magazine’s. This fueled her passion for lingerie. She worked in a lingerie shop as a sales girl when she was fifteen, eventually as a  buyer. Von Teese is fond of wearing elaborate lingerie such as corsets, and basques, with fully fashioned stockings ever since. In college, Von Teese studied historic costuming and aspired to work as a stylist for films. She is a trained costume designer, often designing and copyrighting her photo shoots herself.


Von Teese got stage name by adopting the name Dita as a  tribute to silent film actress Dita Parlo. For her breakthrough December 2002 Playboy cover, she was required to have a  surname,  so .She chose Von Treese from the phonebook. In the magazine, this was misspelled as Von Teese,  which she decided to stick with.


Von Teese achieved some level of recognition in the fetish world as a tight lacer. Through the wearing of a corset for many years, she had reduced her waistline to 22 inches (56 cm), and can be laced down as far as 16.5 inches (42 cm)


Von Teese has appeared on a number of fetish magazine covers including bizarre and Marquis. It was around this time she appeared on the cover of Midori’s book the,  the seductive art of Japanese bondage. One piece was also featured in Playboy in 1999 2001 and 2002 with a cover featured pictorial in 2002. The German metal band Atrocity chose her as the cover model for their 2008 album,  werk 80 ll.



Von Teese has appeared on a number of best dressed list and frequent the front row of fashion shows, particularly Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs labels: she is often seen wearing speaking of her love of Gotye Von Teese has said John Paul Gautier and Vivienne Westwood were the first designers that really made an impact on her.


Von Teese has appeared and several mainstream films and television series.  Von Teese has the rare distinction of successfully bridging the great divide between adult in mainstream films it could be argued that through limited exposure and creative control she has establish a range to her portfolio as an actress while avoiding the label of porn star. In her early years she appeared in Phillips fetish related softcore pornographic movies such as romancing Sara, matter of trust in which she is build is Heather sweet and also into Andrew Blake hardcore fetish films pinups 2 and decadence.

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In the early 90s Dita Von Teese was working in the electronic dance music,  around this time a strip club with a friend of hers and realized most of the dancers and the club where the with no style of their own, von Teese realized that this was actually a good thing and she would capitalize on her unique style and begin to perfect her craft. Best known for burlesque routines and frequently dubbed the Queen burlesque in the press. Von Teese began performing burlesque in 1992 as a proponent of neo burlesque, she has helped popularize its revival in her own words she puts the tease back in strip tease with long elaborate dance shows with props and characters off inspired by the 19 thirties and 1940 s musicals and films. Some of her most famous dancers have involved a carousel horse, giant powder compact, a filigree hart and a clawfoot bathtub with working shower head for signature Shore features a giant martini glass. Her feather fan dance inspired by burlesque dancer Sally Rand featured the world’s largest said her fans now on display at hollywood Museum of sex.


Her burlesque career has included some memorable performances, she once appeared at a benefit for the New York Academy of Art wearing nothing but five million dollars worth of diamonds. Additionally, 1 t became the first guests are at the legendary Crazy Horse cabaret in Paris France with her appearance in October of 2006 also in 2006 Von Teese appeared on an episode of America’s Next Top Model doing a workshop to teach contestants about sexiness by means of burlesque dancing and posing. In 2007 Von Teese performed at the adult entertainment event erotica o7 in London alongside Italian rock band Belladonna.


Dita Von Teese usually blends the art of glamour in the mystery a burlesque I have often described burlesque as something magical and if that is so then Dita Von Teese can only be described as a sorceress supreme of burlesque a true artists in every facet I have had the privilege of seeing miss Von Teese perform a few times but like any great artist or magician you leave one of her performances with a sense of awe and wonder that is almost childlike and she walks that fine line between sinful and divine Dita Von Teese gets the explicit stamp of approval for life I suggest if you never caught one of her shows you should make it a point to it should be on every man and woman’s bucket list for sure.


Showcase written by Bender Cain president and CEO of explicit enterprisesfesture


Bender Cain is the President & CEO of Explicit Enterprises holds a masters degree in Psychology. Cain has over 20 years in the adult night club industry, working as a bouncer, DJ, manager, and consultant. Cain has traveled the world over, working at some of the best and worst strip clubs. Cain is also a professional boxer, MMA fighter and promoter . His duties here at ExplicitList.com include writing for the site and the day to day operations of the company .

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