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Mexican Wrestling Meets Burlesque
Kittens with whips? Mexican wrestlers in baby chick masks? It's all in a day's work.
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Lucha Va Voom luchador and lady

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 05:  Burlesque dancer Carolina Cerasola performs in front of Blue Demon Jr. luchador, traditional Mexican wrestler, at the Lucha Vavoom Cinco de Mayan! show at the Mayan Theater on Cinco de Mayo, May 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. 

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Lucha Va Voom Aztec Warrior

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 05:  Performers prepare to go onstage at the Cinco de Mayan! show. 

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Lucha Va Voom cheering the warrior

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 05:  Luchadores, traditional Mexican wrestlers, perform at the Mayan Theater on Cinco de Mayo, May 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. 

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Lucha Va Voom kitten with whip

A kitten with a whip at a Lucha Va Voom performance.
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Lucha Va Voom luchadores monster

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 05:  Lucha Vavoom combines elements of theatrical Mexican masked wrestling shows known as  Lucha Libre with American burlesque. 

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An aerial view at a Lucha VaVoom show.

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Lucha Va Voom mariachi fully dressed

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 05:  Burlesque dancer Bonita La Belle strips out of a traditional mariachi musician suit at Lucha Vavoom's Cinco de Mayan! show. 

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Lucha Va Voom mariachi covered by hat

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 05:  Bonita La Belledoes a different kind of hat dance for Lucha Vavoom's Cinco de Mayan! show. 

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Lucha Va Voom three aerial shot

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 05:  A great day for a smackdown: Cinco de Mayo celebrates the unlikely victory of 5,000 ill-equipped Mestizo and Zapotec Indians led by General Ignacio Zaragoza over the the much better-equipped French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 in Puebla, Mexico. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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Lucha Va Voom crowd flying luchador

Lucha Libre is famous for its colorful masks, quick-start battles, and giant acrobatic leaps into and out of the ring.
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Lucha Va Voom galactic dancer Don Spiro

Lucha libre represents a cool superhero style," says Rita D’Albert. "I love it; we don’t have anything like this in American pop culture.” 

Lucha Va Voom chicks and ref

A full flock at Kinky Valentine.

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Mexican Wrestling Meets Burlesque

Kittens with whips? Mexican wrestlers in baby chick masks? It's all in a day's work.