Dita Von Teese on Tour
Dita Von Teese, Queen of Burlesque and cabaret performer extraordinaire, offers sophisticated, sexy performances that transcend the striptease. Inspired by pinup girls like Bettie Page and burlesque icons like Gypsy Rose Lee, Dita has created a magical, mesmerizing persona on and off stage.
Dita has toured the world with her burlesque revues, including three full-length shows: Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!, The Art of the Teese, and Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe. Her current tours incorporate sketches from these famous spectaculars, as well as acts from up-and-coming dancers, singers and models.
Even more beautiful in person than she is in her famous fashion and fetish photographs as an artist's model and calendar girl, Dita is both a classy host and world-class dancer. Originally a ballerina, Dita Von Teese has been singing, modeling — and yes, stripping — since the early 1990s. Her shows are glamorous and fun, and although there is an exotic-erotic charge in the atmosphere, the vibe alternates between sultry and campy, as the most classic burlesque is famous for.
Dita Von Teese was born Heather Renée Sweet in 1972 in Rochester, Michigan. Her girlish interest in playing dress-up in her mother's clothes and her burgeoning obsession with the film stars of the ‘40s intersected, and she created a femme-fatale, glamour-girl persona that she used when she began her burlesque career in her early twenties.
As one might expect from a fashion icon with her own line of lingerie, couture accessories and perfumes in major department stores, the costumes and makeup in Dita's shows are to die for. The intrigue of burlesque includes both putting on and taking off clothing, after all.
Dita's long resume as an actor and entertainer includes a cameo on CSI performing her famous champagne glass act, as well as Eurovision 2009 and videos by Green Day, Thirty Seconds to Mars and her former spouse Marilyn Manson. Her TV appearances cover more than 10 years on such shows as RuPaul's Drag Race, Project Runway, America's Next Top Model and as a guest judge on Hell's Kitchen, Top Chef Masters and Cupcake Wars.
Besides being a brand ambassador for luxury brands like Cointreau and Perrier, she is also a humanitarian spokesperson for HIV prevention and finding a cure for AIDS, and received the American AIDS Foundation for AIDS Research Award of Courage in 2008.
Dita Von Teese is the author of two books, Burlesque and the Art of the Teese, and Your Beauty Mark, The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour.