Burlesque is an exotic dance style that draws on theatrical and often comedic performance elements. First introduced by a visiting British dance troupe in the 1860s, burlesque took off in America even as its popularity dwindled in England. The American style of burlesque evolved and spread across the country, but with an increased emphasis the exotic elements that had been more subtle in British performances. The following timeline highlights key moments in the history of American burlesque.
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