Check out our amazing line-up!Featuring:
Gin Minsky NYC
Gin Minsky started hitting the stage with taps on her feet at the tender age of five and hasn’t looked back since. She got her start as a classically trained dancer studying jazz, ballet, pointe, tap and modern – but tap seemed to stick as she hit the back streets of New York City, working every cabaret and vaudeville show in town. She is now known as New York City’s premiere 1920s tapping burlesque performer.
Taking her lead from Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Anita Berber, Gin can be seen performing across the stages of NYC, as well as coast-to-coast. With a short skirt and shorter hair, this flapper has been appearing dolled up and charming crowds in over 80 venues like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, P.S. 122, Joe’s Pub, Iridium Jazz Club, McKittrick Hotel, the Copacabana, The Darby, and the Highline Ballroom, to name a few. Gin has also been featured in the line-up of popular events including Dances of Vice, NYC Food & Wine Festival, The Salon, Tease-O-Rama, the Jazz Age Lawn Party and the “Oscars of Burlesque”, The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend.
Accomplished as a solo performer, Gin can also be found partnering with dance legend Roddy Caravella, the Champagne Riot’s Dandy Wellington, and as one half of the Minsky Sisters with Kristen Minsky. Gin’s own sensational brand of brisk and brilliantly beautiful tap majesty has been featured in the pages of the NY Times, The New Yorker, NY Post, Zelda Magazine, AM New York, Village Voice and Providence Pulse, as well as on the big screen in “Gin Town”. She is also a founder and producer of the vaudevillian collective The Champagne Riot.
With some hot jazz in the air and hooch in hand, this dame’ll give you an edge… and how! GinMinsky.com
Foxy Tann and the Wham Bam Thank you Ma’amsMinneapolis, MN
The first sighting of Ms. Tann was in 1997 at the Gay 90’s, opening The Superior Lounge, a 35-minute tour de force of camp, choreography and cheese, sporting a tag line of “Where the jokes are cheaper than the drinks!” For the next two years, every Tuesday night, and later 5 days a week, Foxy Tann honed her now infamous skills as the first and only female female impersonator to emcee at The Le Femme Show Lounge. Five shows and one of the most entertaining amateur drag shows later, the Jerome Foundation provided through their Performance Art Grant the first significant funding for the production of Miss Biracial Upper Midwest – 1984, an account of Foxy Tann’s start on the road that ends all roads, the road to stardom.
In 2004, after being hounded for years, The Fox again told the story of Miss Biracial during The Minnesota Fringe Festival to sold out audiences, making it one of the top 10 Fringe shows of the year. Now in between all these shows, The Fox has been seen emceeing and performing at everything from block parties to fundraisers to pageants to parades – including the infamous “brick toss” Loring Block Party! In 2006, The Fox’s first foray into the genre of burlesque happened when The Naughty Naughty Show: A Not So Nude Burlesque Revue was commissioned by the Seville Cabaret in Minneapolis and The Wham Bam Thank You Ma’ams were born. For six months, this weekly show upped the ante and put naughty back on its way to cult status. All that popularity had to lead to something and it did – “Best Troupe” and “Most Vegas” at Miss Exotic World 2006. Being the largest and most prestigious burlesque pageant on the planet, Miss Exotic World opened up doors to The Fox, performing with Margaret Cho in her burlesque review in LA, The Sensuous Woman, then traveling to London and performing to rave reviews on The West End with European burlesque sensation Immodesty Blaize, and then packing the house with Tease-O-Rama and Little Minsky’s both in San Francisco.
As the holidays of 2009 rolled around The Fox turned her eye toward “legitimate” theater, directing and choreographing Bedlam Theater’s BeaverDance! A Marxist Fur Trade Holiday Musical. Lately, she has concentrated on letting the world at large know that The Fox has arrived, traveling the festival circuit and performing in Denver, Chicago, Toronto, New York and Vegas, not to mention Eau Claire, Saint Paul, Madison and Milwaukee. Wherever she goes, The Fox is not forgotten! FoxyTann.net
Ruby Ruin Christchurch, New Zealand
Ruby is a popular figure within the New Zealand burlesque scene and in particular the tattoo community.
Ruby brings her own brand of cheeky high energy performance, keeping the tease fresh and fun. She brings a whimsical twist to her burlesque routines, a classic naughty but nice showgirl who just loves to entertain – her bubbly personality will bring a smile to anyone’s face!
Lola Van Ella
Lola van Ella is an international burlesque singer, dancer, producer, instructor and emcee. One of the premier names in burlesque, she performs frequently and produces many shows, including the international Show-Me Burlesque Festival, the largest festival of its kind in the midwest, as well as Naughti Gras, the largest erotic art event of the year, The Shimmy Showdown, and the wildly popular and nationally touring Beggar’s Carnivale with her partner Sammich the Tramp. Lola is the CEO of VanElla Productions and Studio, which is the home of burlesque, vaudeville and variety education and entertainment in St. Louis and the only boutique school like it in the area. She also teaches at and various festivals and Universities all over the country, and often travels to bring the art of burlesque and striptease to different communities around the world. In 2008 Alive Magazine named her one St. Louis’ most influential people and has been written about and featured locally in St. Louis Magazine, Vital Voice, AOL Cities Best, the Riverfront Times, The Post Dispatch and KDHX. Lola has received the 1st and 2nd runner up titles, respectively, in the Queen of Burlesque Competition 3 years in a row at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival and has been voted in the top 25 performers in 21st Century Burlesque’s Top 50 Burlesque Performers worldwide for the past 4 years. In reference to her performance style, 21st Century wrote, “Striptease and song is so often a marriage that doesn’t quite work. So few performers can do both to a high standard, and at the same time. But Lola is an example of how well it can be done. It’s the little gestures, winks, raising of the eyebrows and knowing smiles that make her performances special.”
In addition, she runs her own student troupe the Bon-Bons, and her company, Van Ella Productions works with, and represents some of the best talent in the midwest, including The Hoochi Coochi Girls and The Beggar’s Carnivale impressive list of performers.As a performer, Lola has performed 3 times at Miss Exotic World has been featured and headlined at the Best of Midwest Burlesk, Colorado, Vancouver, Chicago, Kansas City, Ohio, and London Burlesque Festivals and in engagements and shows all over the world, from Miami, New York, Dallas, San Francisco and Seattle to Berlin, Amsterdam, Nuremburg and Jamaica. Most recently, Lola has returned from headlining the New Zealand Burlesque Festival and performing throughout Australia.
She is a passionate and driven producer and performer who is always looking to up the ante, raise the stakes and push the envelope to bring the best of her abilities to the stage and beyond, and works tirelessly to bring dreams to life.
With a sultry voice, devastating shimmy, and flirtatious smile; this adventurous ecdysiast has garnered a lot of attention and the tagline “The Derriere Beyond Compare”.
Sammich the Tramp is a wandering hobo and lovable scamp. A neo vaudevillian and silent film enthusiast, Sammy came to St. Louis by way of Chicago where she started doing silent film inspired physical performances 8 years ago. She’s been in St. Louis since 2010 and has managed to make quite a mark with her unique brand of silent slapstick vaudevillian comedy. After teaming up with burlesque star and producer Lola van Ella, Sammy began creating and directing shows, including the beloved and ever popular Beggar’s Carnivale, wherein she also directs her own troupe, The Knockabouts. Sammy is also one of the co-producers of The Show-Me Burlesque Festival. Sammy now travels the country with her two newest projects and endeavors, “Sammy Tramp’s Traveling Flicker Factory,” a one-of-a-kind, old fashioned, moving picture company that creates “instant” silent films with performers around the world and “The Pocket Music Hall”, a vaudeville show featuring original songs and bits by Sammy. Sammy Tramp on Tumblr
Jeez Loueez is an award-winning burlesque entertainer and instructor known as “The Honey Badger of Burlesque” and “The Powerhouse of the Midwest”! A lethal combination of drama, hilarity, and killer kinetics, Jeez is known for bringing audiences to their feet. She’s the 2012 Miss Viva Las Vegas, the 2013 Shimmy Showdown Champion, and was recently crowned Queen of the Southern Fried Burlesque Festival in 2014. Since 2010 Jeez Loueez has been voted as one of the TOP 50 Burlesque Industry Figures coming in at #39, #31, #27, #18!
Jeez has produced the sold-out hit show Jeezy’s Juke Joint: A Black Burly-Q Revue in Chicago and St. Louis, The 8th Degree with Tito Bonito, and most recently Dr. Sketchy’s St. Louis. She’s been involved with both the Windy City and the Show Me Burlesque Festivals since their inaugural productions as a headliner, emcee, Sponsorship Coordinator, and Education Director. Never one to rest for too long she frequently tours with Foxy Tann and the Wham Bam Thank You Ma’ams and teaches at Van Ella Studios and nationwide. JeezLoueez.me
Victoria De Ville
Mistress Victoria DeVille started performing in clubs in Minneapolis before she was out of high school. Since then she’s been honing her skills and picking up a few new tricks here and there. With some sass and some spice and a focus on live performance, Victoria DeVille has been making waves. She performs in great Twin Cities clubs and bars such as The Varsity, The Townhouse, Hell’s Kitchen, the First Ave Main Stage and the Seventh Street Entry. Also, being the classy lady she is, her vocal talents have graced such prestigious local stages as The Ordway’s McKinght Theather, The Guthrie’s Dowling Studio, and The Ritz Theater. She has also loves to take her show on the road! She has performed in wonderful venues in Louisville, Kentucky; St. Louis, Missouri; Las Vegas, Nevada;Duluth, Minnesota; Nashville, Tennessee and Boston, Massachusetts.
When Victoria isn’t out, shining on her own, she loves being the Emcee for Black Hearts Burlesque. A Minneapolis burlesque troupe founded by Dalhia Dulce and Elektra Cute. Miss Victoria DeVille on Facebook
“That bitch, Siren, is St. Louis’ own jack of crossdressing trades. An accomplished drag performer, emcee, promoter, producer, and more; she is known just as much for her foul mouth as her warm heart. A proud “mall queen,” Siren transforms the every day into the extraordinary with her sharp eye for fashion and enthusiastic nods to pop art and culture. With nearly 12 years of experience and co-ownership of her own production crew, GlitterBomb Productions, she’s always working to push herself and those around her to be as fierce as they can be. You can find the queen hosting her own drag review every Friday night at Attitudes Nightclub. Siren can’t wait to be a part of the Show Me Burlesque Festival again this year!” Siren on Facebook