Burlesque Performers Fight Label Placing Them With Strippers and Lap Dancers

More than two dozen burlesque performers have marched through London to protest a municipal council's decision to classify them as "adult entertainers" alongside strippers and lap dancers.

Protesters in high heels, stockings and bustiers marched Wednesday from the burlesque club Coco de Mer to the headquarters of Camden Council, which governs a large chunk of central London.

Organizer Amelia Austin said the burden of getting an adult entertainment license has "effectively killed burlesque in Camden."

Camden Council says it is not trying to stop burlesque acts, which can include readings and poetry as well as risque performances.

But it says any performance involving stripping or nudity is classed as adult entertainment and requires a license.