Despite their elaborate costumes, throwback choreography and reluctance to perform to Warrant's "Cherry Pie," make no mistake about it: Burlesque dancers are just olde-timey strippers. And while there's something to be said for a beer-soaked lapdance from a Destiny or a Mercedes, we also appreciate the finesse and artistry of the Ditas of the world.

Lucky for us, the classic striptease has experienced a revival in recent years -- leading to the popularity of Ivan Kane's 40 Deuce burlesque clubs in Vegas and Hollywood, Dita von Teese's mainstream popularity and, well, the Pussycat Dolls. And just last week, a flood of tasty tassel twirlers hit NYC for the New York Burlesque Festival, inspiring us to stake our pics for the sexiest gals to ever shake their pasties.

The 20 Hottest Modern Burlesque Dancers

    Dita Von Teese

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    Sabina Kelly

    Dixie Belle

    Roxi Dlite

    Gal Friday

    Immodesty Blaize

    Harvest Moon

    The Pontani Sisters

    Gigi La Femme

    Ted D'Ottavio

    Peekaboo Pointe