I can’t beeeelieve that I haven’t mentioned that I’m volunteering for BurlyCon 2020 as an admin/moderator!
BurlyCon is going all-virtual as we won’t the ‘Rona stop the glamour and fun. Tickets are still available and you can take classes a la carte or get the all-access pass. Classes are also recorded so that you can view them repeatedly and at your convenience.
The photo above is of Burlesque legend Coby Yee.
2020 Legend Guest of Honor
BurlyCon is saddened to hear of the passing of our 2020 Legend of Honor, Burlesque Legend Coby Yee, who left us on August 14 at the age of 93.
Coby Yee mesmerized audiences from the 1940s into the 1960s with her self-made, dazzling costumes and dancing. She got her start in San Francisco’s Chinatown nightclubs, then traveled the world. In 1962, she and her family took over Forbidden City and ran it until 1970.
Ms Yee was a beloved member of the burlesque community and a brilliant influence to so many. She paved the way for Asian-Americans and People of Color in show business and burlesque. We so appreciate her performances and leadership in The Grant Avenue Follies, as a solo performer, and with her partner Stephen whom she continued to perform with until very recently.
Coby Yee is our Burlesque Hall of Fame, 2020 Legend of the Year, presented by Miss Exotic World, Frankie Fictitious.
All of us at BurlyCon miss her and are deeply appreciative of her influence and work as a true pioneer in burlesque. Her passing reminds us of how precious a resource our legends are, and how essential it is that every day we learn all that we can of their individual histories.
We offer our deepest condolences to her family and those close to her.