Burlesque has a number of definitions, however, according to Mirriam-Webster, burlesque is "a literary or dramatic work that seeks to ridicule by means of grotesque exaggeration or comic imitation or theatrical entertainment of a broadly humorous often earthy character consisting of short turns, comic skits, and sometimes striptease acts."
Modern burlesque is generally broken down into two forms - what is known as "classic burlesque revival", and Neo-burlesque. "Classic burlesque" numbers pay homage to the bygone glamorous era of burlesque in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. These numbers are generally straight striptease dance numbers that showcase props such as ostrich fans, feather boas, umbrellas, and dusters. Examples from today of these kinds of performers are Dita Von Tees, Immodesty Blaize, and Kitten DeVille.
Neo-burlesque is the burlesque revival pioneered independently by Billy Madley’s Cinema and later with Michelle Carr’s The Velvet Hammer troupe in Los Angeles, Ami Goodheart in Dutch Weismann’s Follies revues in New York, and The Shim-Shamettes in New Orleans. NeoBurlesque incorporates everything from aerial and circus acts to fire performances, and magic, political, or comedy numbers. All modern burlesque shows contain striptease performance, and most do not show full nudity.