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Burlesque is fairly easy to find in Phoenix, but most events focus on short routines with minimal ambiance. Local burlesque troupes work hard and put on fantastic shows, but seeing gals shimmy in their skivvies at a dive bar feels a little disingenuous. Fortunately, W Scottsdale adopts the feel of a speakeasy for its weekly burlesque event, which features live blues and jazz performances and short burlesque performances every half hour. This classy affair has a vintage vibe thanks to an upscale environment and throwback music. Sip on cocktails and enjoy dancers performing routines to the Moulin Rouge!, Chicago, and Burlesque soundtracks in the hotel’s lounge area.
Leave your fedoras at home for Burlesque at W Scottsdale, 7277 East Camelback Road, at 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 1. This 21-and-over event is free. Call 480-970-2100 or visit www.wscottsdalehotel.com.Melissa Fossum