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Do you teach classes in the Variety Arts?

I was recently asked where in DC someone could learn the basics of burlesque. I realized that would be good info to collect in one place. That’s part of what this blog is about! So, if you teach burlesque (or any variety art!) and are near the DC/Baltimore Metro area either message me or post a...

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DCVariety is all about celebrating the Variety Arts in the Nation’s capital, bringing performers together, sharing resources, ideas, tips and gigs. My personal goal to help bring out more Variety acts to the District (and beyond!).

About the contributors:

Mab, Just Mab – Currently, Mab can be found monkeying around with the rest of the Cheeky Monkey Sideshow, which happens to also be DC’s longest running theatrical sideshow. Mab believes that every single person has superpowers. One of Mab’s super powers is the ability to find the shortest lane in at a toll booth. The other is the ability to walk on broken glass and hammer spikes into her face. Mab is a freak. You probably shouldn’t try that at home.

What is a Variety Artist?

This question has stumped the great ponderers for generations.  But instead of making up a flippant answer, for the sake of clarification, common ground, and overall website continuity, let’s discuss what a “variety artist” is.

For the purposes of this website, I’m going to say that a variety artist is a performer/group of performers whose acts are anything that you would see in a variety show. While the vagueness of that definition isn’t very helpful, allow me to expand.

Some examples of Variety Artists: Juggler, sideshow, fire artist, one man band, magician, burlesque, stilts, circus acts, hoop spinners, aerialists, tap dancers, belly dancers, acrobats, contortionists, mimes (ya, I had to let them in too), ventriloquists, puppeteers, and more.

A variety show or variety entertainment is an entertainment made up of a variety of acts, especially musical performances and comedy skits, and normally introduced by a compère or host. The variety format made its way from Victorian era stage to radio to television. Variety shows were a staple of anglophone television from its early days into the 1970s, and lasted into the 1980s, but are now reduced to the level of the occasional special. In several parts of the world, variety TV remains popular and widespread.



1. A person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination.

How would you define a Variety Performer?

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