Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Burlesque Performers in Alberta Now Allowed to Doff Their Tops in Bars

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Burlesque Performers in Alberta Now Allowed to Doff Their Tops in Bars

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Burlesque performers can now doff tops

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CALGARY - Burlesque performers in Alberta are celebrating a regulatory change that will allow them to doff their tops on stage without fear of being fined.

The Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission removed uncovered female breasts from its definition of nudity this week.

Until now, burlesque performers could not show their breasts while dancing in bars, only strip clubs.

However, the rule only applied to women and male performers could bare their chests freely.

Burlesque performers thought that was unfair and waged a six-year battle for equality, arguing it was a human rights issue.

The new ruling means performers in bars may go topless and also dance with props or approach customers for tips as long as they have their genitals covered by at least a G-string.

Many burlesque dancers argue that what they do is not the same as stripping, and is grounded in a 150-year-old theatrical tradition dating back to the Victorian era. …

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