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Burlesque and body positivity: An evening with Sweet Tooth Burlesque review

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By Arts Editor Cheryl Folland

February 15, at The Queen’s—sequins and hearts everywhere. The night’s theme was love. Titled “Get a Heart On”, all of the evening’s performers had created their own routines and costumes to inspire, speak to, and celebrate love, in all its forms. Skill level, body shape, gender, and experience varied from act to act. Sitting down with Betty Krueger, one of Sweet Tooth’s founders, it was clear burlesque has a major impact on her life.

Betty Krueger is a comedic, plus size burlesque dancer. Watching her perform routines, from sassy to serious, she proves that sexy is not limited to the confines of social norms.

“It’s all about body confidence and loving who you are,” Betty said. “We have performers from all walks of life and at all stages of fitness. Everybody is beautiful, and every body is beautiful.”

With high audience participation through Show Me How You Burlesque, and comedy performances with a healthy balance of old school sultry numbers, it’s easy to see how Sweet Tooth is garnering a following.

Closing the show with a profound number, members of the troupe, as well as brave audience members, joined the stage and bared their bellies. Eyevanna Candygasm painted the letters spelling b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l, as a powerful statement of inclusivity.

They have shows once a month at the Queen’s. For more information, visit their Facebook Page at facebook.com/foryour.sweettooth.