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Photos: ‘X Burlesque’ takes it off for the 12th year in Las Vegas


L.E. Baskow

Dancers perform to a country song as “X Burlesque” celebrates its 12th anniversary in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Flamingo.

‘X Burlesque’ 12th Anniversary

A dancer is bathed in purple light as “X Burlesque” celebrates its 12th anniversary in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Flamingo. Launch slideshow »

They’re loud, they’re proud — 12 years later — get used to it.

“X Burlesque” at the Flamingo celebrated 12 years of headlining in Las Vegas on Wednesday night with a pre-party at Center Cut Steakhouse, followed by a sexy, intimate and loud performance at 10 p.m. in its nearby cozy theater.

“X Burlesque,” having seen it for work about a half-dozen times, remains a high-energy and quick-paced 75-minute show. Among its counterparts on the Strip (“Fantasy” at the Luxor,” “Crazy Girls” at the Riviera), “X Burlesque” is a music video come to life with very attractive women.

Gorgeous sisters Meeka and Shakeera Onstead — the former was born in South Africa, the latter in Malta — lead the “X Burlesque” ladies, who are absolutely sexy and seductive and dance as if it is their first night — or last night — onstage.

The artists and songs to which the adult entertainers perform (there are more than two dozen) include Aerosmith (“Dream On”), Buckcherry (“Crazy Bitch”), “All That Jazz” from “Chicago,” Beyonce (“Run the World (Girls)”), Rihanna (“Diamonds”), Warrant (“Cherry Pie”), Lenny Kravitz (“Fly Away”), Motley Crue (“Kickstart My Heart”), Harry Connick Jr. or Michael Buble (“Fever”), a few country songs and of course “Burlesque” from “Burlesque.”

Kudos to producers Matt and Angela Stabile on 12 years of success with “X Burlesque.” Their newest adult show “X Rocks” at the Rio is a topless revue that’s all hard rock all the time.

Comedian John Bizarre offered humor in between the nudity; Bizarre also performs in “X Rocks” — as a comedian. Thanks to L.E. Baskow for his photo gallery of “X Burlesque’s” 12th anniversary.

It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it.

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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