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Burlesque was all the rage close to 100 years ago. Performers took to the stage to tell bad jokes, dancers would take off almost all their clothes, and slapstick sketches would have them rolling in the aisles.

But with the advent of film and later television, burlesque quietly faded away, until now.

The fashion, dances, and comedy that made burlesque so popular has returned to the stage, even here in Phoenix with a growing popular burlesque troop called Scandalesque.

"This is where we put together the big productions and big production shows," said Pyrrha.

"We feel very fortunate to give opportunities to artists and have them working more," said Fontayne.

What is Scandalesque? "It's a variety show that consists of live music, dance comedy, and variety acts," said Pyrhha.

"We are really artistic, and we are artists within each style of dance, we just break the mold," said Fontayne.

"It's like the original burlesque... yeah," said Pyrhha.

"Gypsy Rose Lee was very prominent in that, and so was Sally Rand, and they put the sex appeal in it," said Pyrrha.

"It was more about the costume they would have layers and layers of costuming the more the layers, the more the tease," she said.

"you play to an audience, and they never touch you," said Fontayne.

Christy Zandio, who goes by the name Pyrrha, and Juliana Curtis, who goes by the name Lady Fontayne, founded scandalesque in Phoenix, Arizona in 2004.

"We wanted something different in Phoenix; we wanted to see something other than modern dance you know because everybody does modern and contemporary, we just wanted something fresh and new," said Pyrrha.

How does Scandalesque empower its performer?

"You know when you have confidence in your body it gives you a kind of confidence elsewhere to speak what you need to say, to communicate better with words or with body language any facet of your life," said Fontayne.

"It's a form of expression, and yeah empowerment, and especially as a female I feel very empowered doing it," said Pyrrha.

"We get a lot of women who come to shows most of our audience actually is women, and they love it," she said.

"It's very empowering for women, and we need it, we just need it," said Fontayne.

FOX 10 asked the two what should the audience expect at their shows?

"To have a good time, and again to forget your problems, you come down there and you forget whatever is going on, set it aside, come in, and have a good time," said Pyrrha.

"Just come in open minded really and something special will happen. We call it the Scandalesque effect," said Fontayne.

The next Scandalesque show in Phoenix is May 30th at the Pressroom. They also do shows for private parties and have a big Halloween bash in Las Vegas every year.

For more information visit www.scandalesque.com
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