Bettina the Naughty Teacher!

Whoo-eeee!!  What a busy weekend!  I can’t believe it’s already Monday, and only for a few more minutes, so I’m really cutting it close in getting this up!  As promised, here is this week’s video, shot by my dear friend Lily Fawn in a vintage school house in Seattle, WA when we were on tour together last year.

BettinaUrbo2I usually have Mondays off, unless I’m doing my monthly show at Beauty Bar, but tonight I was performing at a special even in Times Square, for the opening of a new restaurant called Urbo!  I got to perform with the lovely and talented Veronica Varlow, dancing for a wonderful crowd while DJ Questlove played the best music! It’s one of those nights where you can really appreciate living in New York City.

BettinaUrbo This month has been a busy one, and this week is no exception.  Tomorrow I’m performing at Victrola Burlesque with Ula Uberbusen and Legs Malone, so if you are in the Lower East Side, pop over to Hill & Dale on Allen and Delancey after 9:30 for a free show and really nice cocktails and food. On Friday I’m performing twice, first at Hotel Chantelle at 10pm, and then up at The Metropolitan Room for The Sophisticates!    Check out my website for more details on these and all other shows.

More Vintage Video Fun with LouLou D’vil!

Hope you had a lovely weekend!  I went upstate for a family barbecue and rode my bike around north Brooklyn with friends, generally getting my fair share of vitamin D!  After that long, cold winter, I’m not taking summer for granted one bit this year.

As promised, here’s another installment of the vintage video fun I had with LouLou D’vil in Helsinki earlier this year!  Us nordic gals always find some way to stay warm! For the record, LouLou gives a great foot massage.

If you like these videos and want to see more, feel free to use the ‘Tip Jar’ feature on Vimeo, all funds will go towards better video equipment, music procurement, and of course making more videos!  If you are a model or performer who would like to be in a video, please get in touch!  If you are a band making music that might fit with future videos (60s Garage and 20s jazz are my favourites), let me know too!

If you are in New York City this week, I’d love to see you out this Wednesday to help me celebrate band leader Dandy Wellington‘s birthday!  Fellow burlesque performer Perle Noire and I will be unveiling OUR birthday suits for the occasion, and it is guaranteed to be a great time!


For this and all other events around town this week, check out my calendar for more info!

I also have a bunch of classes coming up on the West Coast next month.  If you live in Victoria, Vancouver or Seattle, and love pin-up style, I’ll be sharing all my style secrets and giving makeovers and photoshoots there in August.


For dates, info and to register, visit!

Have a lovely week, and see you next Monday for more video fun!





Thigh High Boots and Fully Fashioned Stockings!

As promised, here’s another video to start your week off right!  This one is a tribute to the old Klaw family videos of Bettie Page, which I shot myself in my Brooklyn Pin-Up Studio.  Nothing I love more than sliding a new pair of patent heeled boots over my silky Secrets In Lace stockings; it feels amazing.  Thanks to The Sandworms for providing the perfect soundtrack!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend, whether you were celebrating the Fourth of July in America, or Canada Day on the 1st, or just enjoying the beginning of July! Let me know what you got up to!  I performed all week at parties around New York City and Brooklyn.  Here’s a few behind the scenes shots of the shows:

Backstage at Nurse Bettie with fellow Canadian ex-pat Minx Arcana, both proud to call the USA home now!

Backstage at Nurse Bettie with fellow Canadian ex-pat Minx Arcana, both proud to call the USA home now!

At the Rockabilly Night Market, giving Dances of Vice producer Shien Lee a 30 minute updo! Love my Bernie Dexter dress!

At the Rockabilly Night Market, giving Dances of Vice producer Shien Lee a 30 minute updo! Love my Bernie Dexter dress!

Backstae at the Rockabilly Night Market on July 4th with pin-up superstar Raquel Reed and Shien Lee, all ready for my Sailor Tap act!

Backstage at the Rockabilly Night Market on July 4th with pin-up superstar Raquel Reed and Shien Lee, all ready for my Sailor Tap act!

Do you have any cool pictures of your holiday exploits?  I’d love to see them!

If you’re in New York City tonight, come out to see me perform LIVE at Beauty Bar, my free monthly show starts at 10pm in the back room, and this show features Miami beauty Aurora Natrix in town on tour!


Next week, I’ll be posting another installment of the videos LouLou D’vil and I did in Helsinki!  Don’t miss it!





Bettina May and LouLou D’vil: Hijinks in Helsinki!

Another week, another video!  Earlier in March, while on tour performing in Europe, I made a special stop in Finland to visit my best friend LouLou D’vil.  Whenever we get together, shenanigans ensue, and after busy days in the arctic sunshine ice skating, exploring her nordic hometown, and heating up in the sauna, we decided to let the camera roll so you could see what we get up to when left alone.

I love the sexy heart cut-out panties I’m wearing in the video, which I had just scored in Brussels earlier in the tour from darling designer Mademoiselle Jean.  Wish I’d had room in my suitcase to take more of her designs home, so unique! Here I am at her shop, my favourite stop in the tour her and Alex gave me of their fair city.


Special thanks to Italian garage rockers Sultan Bathery for letting me use their song “River Raw.”  Stay tuned next week for a new video!

New Glamour Film with Sake Fevah!

What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer and warm weather, than with this smoking hot video of sassy burlesque performer Sake Fevah!

Special thanks to Casey Ryder from Victoria BC for letting me use his song, Twinkie.  I’ve been a big fan of his music since LONG before I started performing, so it’s great to collaborate in this way.  If you are a musician creating original vintage style music who would like to collaborate on future videos, let me know!

Now that I’m home from a busy year of touring (for a month anyways), I plan to edit a lot of the videos I’ve shot over the past year or so, and feature one per week, so make sure to subscribe for updates.

Merry Christmas! Biblical Burlesque!

Photo by Francine Daveta

Photo by Francine Daveta

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!  I hope you have a day filled with the magic of the season, filled with quality time with family, friends and loved ones, and of course, eating too much good food and relaxing! Yesterday my dear friend Joshua Katcher taught me how to make my fave Jewish treat, rugelach, with a family recipe he’s veganized!  So delicious. Now that my Christmas baking is all done,  it’s time for me to sit back and stuff myself!

I will be working off that delicious baking by attempting ice skating for the first time in MANY years today…now that my giant bruise from learning to ski earlier this month has finally faded.  This has been my year for learning winter sports, we’ll see how successful that is, ha!  To see pictures of my vintage ski suit, find me on Instagram: @Bettina_May

I’ll leave you with a video of my live performance with One World Symphony earlier this fall.  Nothing is more (in)appropriate for the holidays than a burlesque interpretation of the bible’s story of Samson and Delilah, set to Saint-Saëns Danse Bacchanale!  Happy Holidays!

Behind The Velvet Curtain Photos

Last month’s edition of Behind The Velvet Curtain was so much fun, and I’m so glad Time Out New York sent Filip Wolak to shoot the event!  We had a special guest, LA dance sensation Lux La Croix in town, amazing us with her killer choreography:

Lux by FilipWolak

Lux by FilipWolak

The always hilarious Albert Cadabra hosted, keeping the crowd cheering

Albert by FilipWolak

Albert by FilipWolak

I had a blast doing my fave summertime number, my Tiki Fan Dance!

Bettina by FilipWolak

Bettina by Filip Wolak

Thanks also to boylesque star Mr. Gorgeous for his amazing crab dance, and Strawberry Fields making her Behind The Velvet Curtain debut!!  Making the night complete was DJ Ceremony, who I’m excited to say will be joining us at next Monday’s show as well!  To see the rest of the photos, check out the slide show by clicking here!

If you’ll be in the New York area on Monday, please come down to Beauty Bar to see this month’s lineup, featuring Amsterdam burlesque star Xarah, Go-Go Harder, Maine Attraction, myself, and it’s hosted by NYC chanteuse Dulce De Leche!



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