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Being a porn star may not be easy, but it doesn’t really require any sort of specialized skill, either. Most adults are physically up to performing the basic ins and outs of the job, even if they lack the star quality of, say, a Jesse Jane or a Lexington Steele. Burlesque, on the other hand, though distantly related to the modern-day fuck flick, qualifies as an art form that takes practice, devotion, and not a little natural talent. And, unlike taking on the starring role in Gang Bang 12: Let the Whole Crew Get On, trying on a pair of tasseled pasties is something that one might sanely consider doing—especially if the fabulous Kitty Victorian (pictured) is there to hold your hand. During her workshop, Miss Kitty Victorian’s Burly Gurly 101, the renowned performer will be your tour guide through the land of fishnets and feathers. In addition to giving instructions that explore the subtle art of the tease, Miss Kitty will explain the history of burlesque, from the scantily clad comediennes who started it all back in the 1800s to those insipid Pussycat Dolls, who have recently reinvigorated the medium. Attendees will also get information about Kitty’s monthly burlesque showcase, in case they decide to show off what they’ve learned. And those brave women who make the leap from private dancer to public performer will prove to the world, and themselves, that burlesque is much more than merely porn without the pink. Swing your partners round and round at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Warehouse Theater, 1021 7th St. NW. $15.50. Call (202) 783-3933 for more information, or e-mail kitty@kittyvictorian.com to register. (Sarah Godfrey)

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