Miss Mina Murray is one of New England's finest classic burlesque dancers. She specializes in the elegant striptease and flirtatious fan dance. As co-founder of The Boston BeauTease (formerly The Boston Babydolls), she was instrumental in the revitalization of burlesque in the Boston area. She is the author of Miss Mina Murray's Little Book of Better Burlesque and Miss Mina Murray's Little Book of Burlesque Costuming, Volume 1: The Foundations. She is hard at work on her next books.
As Headmistress of The Boston Academy of Burlesque Education, she has taught hundreds of women to bump, grind, and twirl tassels. B.A.B.E., as we like to call it, is located in Cambridge, but instructors are available to teach at your venue. For information on classes and private lessons, please see the Teaching page. B.A.B.E. is closed for in-person lessons. Join us for workshops via Zoom.
You can read more from Miss Mina at Oh The Glamourous Life (her blog) , Facebook, Instagram, or Dreamwidth. You can support her through Patreon and get rewarded!
If you like reading on paper, she has articles in Berlesker (volume 2) and Zelda: The Magazine of the Vintage Nouveau (issue 15) and, of course, Miss Mina Murray's Little Book of Better Burlesque and Miss Mina Murray's Little Book of Burlesque Costuming, Volume 1: The Foundations.
Awards & Recognitions!
Miss Mina was a finalist for a Golden Pastie Award at the 2012 New York Burlesque Festival and was named one of Boston's 16 best dance instructors for 2012 by Rate Your Burn. The Boston Academy of Burlesque Education has been a nominee for Best Dance Classes on The Boston A-List every year since 2013.
As The Boston Babydolls, The Boston BeauTease have received a number of "Best Of" awards from local publications:
- Finalist for Best Theatre Group: The Boston A-List 2013-2017
- Nominated for Best Burlesque: Boston Phoenix Readers' Choice Awards 2013 (the paper ceased publication before winners were announced)
- Best Pasty Professionals: Weekly Dig Dig This Awards Editor's Pick 2012
- Best Burlesque Company: The Improper Bostonian's Boston's Best 2012
- Best Burlesque: Boston Phoenix Readers' Choice Awards 2012
- Best Lowbrow/Burlesque: Weekly Dig Dig This Awards 2011
- Best Burlesque: Boston Phoenix Readers' Choice Awards 2011
- Best Dance Troupe, Sexy: Boston Phoenix Readers' Choice Awards 2010
- Best of Boston 2008: The Mass Media
- Best Burlesque: Boston Phoenix Best of Boston 2005
Miss Mina hosted the Boston Chapter of Naked Girls Reading from January 2010 to March 2013.
In 2018 she was selected for a coveted spot in Egypt Blaque Knyle's The House of Knyle Mentorship program.
“... a real life Gibson Girl cum silent movie star. [Miss Mina's] costumes, movement, and entire being convey a timeless elegance of a bygone era.”
— Sailor St. Claire (burlesque performer and host)
...is named after her great-grandmother, Wilhelmina, who was once arrested for indecent exposure on the beach. She had rolled her bathing suit up above her ankles!
...loves sailing and once spent some time as student-crew on a tall ship. You can see that very ship in Master and Commander:The Far Side of the World and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
...is an award-winning costumer and makes most of her own costumes for stage. She also has performed in costumes that were originally worn by Angie Pontani and Catherine D'Lish.
...uses the taglines "The Ivy League mind in the Combat Zone body", "The Educated Ecdysiast" and "The Martha Stewart of Burlesque".
...has her fans custom made by The Scarlett Rose.
...was trained in Museum Studies at Harvard and currently serves on the Museum Issues Committee at The Burlesque Hall of Fame.
...loves tea and all the rituals associated with it. She prefers Darjeeling, with lemon, no sugar, but likes most flavors of black tea. Except Earl Gray. Her pet peeve is people who call afternoon tea "high tea" because it sounds grander. Afternoon tea is the dainty meal with finger sandwiches, scones, and petit fours. High tea is more substantial meal, served as a substitute for supper. Common high tea dishes are Welsh rabbit, beans on toast, or scrambled eggs. High tea is so called because it is eaten at a high dining table, not because it is a high occasion. Afternoon tea can also be called low tea, since it's taken at a low tea table. Now go forth, drink tea, and do not mix them up again.
...has an obsession with leopard print. Most days she's wearing at least one leopard item.
...believes strongly in continuing education and learning from the best. She has been fortunate to take workshops from some of the top names in burlesque, including Michelle L'amour, Jo Weldon, Indigo Blue, Princess Farhana, Kitten DeVille, Ray Gunn, Willy Barrett (Joe Williams)... and she's always looking for more!
...is a bibliophile. You can see what she's been reading in the Boston BeauTease Library and the Naked Girls Reading Book Club.
...loves surprises and presents. If you send Miss Mina a gift, she will pose for a picture with your present... naked!