Burlesque performances at Nude Nite Tampa 2010 (videos NSFW)

The annual nude themed art show, Nude Nites, is a hit each year because it allows sophisticated, professional citizens to indulge in a subject that is often relegated to the realms of strip clubs, internet porn, and sex shops. Nude Nites provides a classy setting where art enthusiasts can sip wine, mingle, and appreciate the floral still-life being painted on a voluptuous nude model. It provides a setting for women who would never consider going to a male review to snap photos of nude men standing behind giant picture frames.

Before Saturday, I had only witnessed spinning nipple tassels in movies.

I assumed that a dancer's ability to mannuver her tassels on command was a talent reserved for a choosen few, but apparently this skill just takes practice.

Every hour the relatively reserved crowd packed the foot of the stage in the Hillsborough River warehouse to watch burlesque performances by the talented and beautiful Shanghai Pearl and Polly Wolly. With a few slips of skin, seductive smiles, and shimmering body gems, these dancers turned these art connoisseurs into gawkers who hooted and hollered while holding up their iphones and cameras to capture the action. I was thankful for this as it made me feel like much less of a creeper for capturing the two performances below on my hand-held camera.

Check out Chip Weiner's pictures from Nude Nites 2010 or my review of Nude Nites 2009


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