St. Louis has a rich and diverse burlesque and vaudeville history from the brilliant talent of Josephine Baker, to the heyday of Gaslight Square, where The Smothers Brothers, Phyllis Diller and Barbara Streisand got their start, and to Evelyn West and the infamous Stardust and Grand Burlesque theatres where she and many other famous burlesque dancers performed. Show-Me Burlesque is thrilled to bring St. Louis burlesque back to its former grandeur with a sexy new makeover.
Today, St. Louis is blessed with an amazing and diverse group of talented entertainers who are performing all kinds of burlesque, from classic, to comedic, to edgy performance art. Lola van Ella, St. Louis’ own award winning burlesque grand dame and passionate producer, and Sammy Tramp, artistic director and visionary, are proud to bring all of their favorite elements of theater, spectacle, glamour, circus, and showcasing the best talent in the world, to create Missouri’s first ever burlesque festival. In addition to four different shows, there will also be classes taught by world class burlesque educators at Van Ella Studios, St. Louis’ first and only boutique burlesque and vaudeville school. Show-Me Burlesque promises to bring a sexy and exciting weekend of fabulous and electrifying entertainment and education to a wide and diverse audience. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of history!