Burlesque bump-and-grind booming across US

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Burlesque is making a comeback, decades after its last heyday across the United States.

Once the province of working-class women and male audiences, performers with all sorts of body types and talents are dancing, teasing and singing for diverse audiences in cities large and small.

Theater expert Rachel Shteir of DePaul University traces the current popularity of burlesque to a wave of feminism that began in the 1990s.

She says today's performers are more varied than those of the early 1900s, and shows often are slicker than in years past.