Call Me Stormy

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Go! Girl! Go!–Cincuenta y Tres

No series about hot dancers would be complete without saluting those buxom ladies of burlesque. Here are two of the most iconic performers from the vintage era — Blaze Starr and Bettie Page. Perhaps their gambits seem tame by today’s standards, but back in the day, they were considered hot properties, Blaze earning the nickname “Miss Spontaneous Combustion.”

Bettie Page was more of a pin-up girl than a dancer, as she modeled for an estimated 20,000 photos, including many bondage poses shot by photographer Irving Klaw. But with her trademark dark bangs, she also appeared in some 50 burlesque films.

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