Dirty Martini, New York, NY
The Definition of Burlesque, Miss Dirty Martini, spearheaded the New Burlesque revival in New York City which has taken the world by storm. She has received rave reviews for ground breaking, stereotype busting performances, her over the top physique and classical dance training. "The decadent expression of female sensuality in action" -Daily News, she has been voted the number one burlesque performer on the top 100 list for four consecutive years by burlesque fans worldwide. Miss Martini was featured in a five page editorial in V Magazine shot by fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld. She has also been in front of many prestigious cameras including those of Steven Klein, Roxanne Lowitt and Mario Sorrenti. Miss Martini has headlined burlesque shows all over the world and has been featured in nearly every book written on the subject. With the Cabaret New Burlesque, she has performed to sold out theaters in France, Italy, Belgium, Hungary and Holland. Featured with the Cabaret in the film "On Tour" (best director 2010, International Critics Award) the Cabaret jolted the Cannes film festival and the 2011 Cesar Awards with their refreshing positivity and joie de vivre. She has performed alongside critically acclaimed comedienne Margaret Cho and has toured all over the USA with burlesque superstar Dita VonTeese's show Strip Strip Hooray. She is constantly writing, speaking and teaching about body positivity, burlesque and dance."Body positive, sex positive, satire and sex ecstatically meet in a single act. Dirty Martini is a consummately professional entertainer" Chris Kraus- Art Forum
Mr Gorgeous, New York, NY
Mr. Gorgeous has been charming audiences around the globe since 2009, with his comedic and charismatic approach to contemporary burlesque. He has become a frequent persona in NYC nightlife, working several iconic venues including The Slipper Room, Le Scandal, and Galapagos Art Space. Gorgeous has had the opportunity to perform in Dita Von Teese’s touring show “Strip Strip Hooray” and was awarded “Most Comedic “at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas in 2013. Most recently, he was named “Mr. Exotic World - King of Boylesque 2014”
Midnite Martini, Denver, CO
Midnite Martini is the Burlesque Hall of Fame's Miss Exotic World 2014.
She is also inventor and creator of the “Midnite Finger Fans" design, co-producer of the Colorado Burlesque Festival, and named #7 of Burlesque’s Top 50 Figures in 2014 by 21st Century Burlesque Magazine.
Midnite Martini is the Mile High Flying Tease who performs in weekly burlesque and variety shows in Chicago and around the globe. She also instructs aerial and dance, is certified in barre fitness and aerial yoga, and has lead her self-worth workshop "Fuck It Take Your Clothes Off" around the world. This martini mixes the most delicious ingredients of aerial arts, dance training, striptease, and circus performance. Part innovator, part instigator, all finely shaken into a cool drink of entertainment that's sure to knock you on the floor!
Alexis Bevels, Chicago, IL
Bio: Alexis Bevels is a scooter riding, Roller skating, tap dancing and live singing drag performer with a head of air and a heart of gold.
Annie Cherry, Kansas City, Missouri
"Known as 'The Paris of the Plains', Kansas City, Missouri gives rise to swinging jazz, the tastiest barbecue, and ‘The Mistress of Whimsical Fuckery,” Annie Cherry. Performing since 2005, Annie is a sultry siren, a comedic clown, and an ecdysiast innovator. She is honored and proud to have won the 2017 Shimmy Showdown Championship with her improvisational sexclown antics. Annie thrives on collaborating with people that she loves and admires, including her husband, burlesque champion and internationally known Charlie Chaplin impersonator, Damian Blake. She enjoys Scotch, Yma Sumac, and long walks off of short piers.
Auralie Wilde, Iowa City, IA
The 'Smart Mouth of Burlesque' was educated at a quaint university in the cornfields of Iowa. Auralie Wilde has been intoxicating burlesque audiences since 2011. Worldly and well rounded, she is best known for her high-flying kicks and Upside down tricks! Auralie Wilde moved to the big apple and began gaining traction as a solo performer all over NYC including opening for the Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque at the Williamsburg Music Hall, and creating 'All Fun and Dames’, a monthly comedic burlesque show in Brooklyn.
After leaving NYC in 2016, Auralie Wilde and her partner wrote and starred in The Honeymoon Tour, a 2-person vaudeville show that toured the west coast. After a 10-week tour hitting over 35 cities, Ms. Wilde has moved back to Iowa City and assembled The Heartland Bombshells, the areas only burlesque troupe, She aims to bring quality entertainment to the community and help support local causes.
Axis D’Evil, Calgary (Canada)
"The perfect alliance of sex and silliness will make you dizzy with lust!" Axis D'Evil is a relentless multitasker, tossing hula hoops into her high energy striptease, and procuring props from unusual places. She is a member of The Garter Girls Burlesque. Recent performance highlights include the 2016 Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver International Burlesque Festivals.
Bella Blue, New Orleans, LA
Born and raised in New Orleans, Bella Blue started dancing at the age of 3 studying extensively in ballet and modern into adulthood. In 2007 she traded in her pointe shoes for pasties and hasn’t looked back since! Her style can be best described as unpredictable! Bella can offer everything from classic fan dances and reverse stripteases to androgynous, neo, and controversial pieces. But no matter what, expect to be entertained! She has become one of the most recognized burlesque performers in New Orleans, across America, and in the world. For the last 3 years, she has ranked in the Burlesque Top 20 by 21st Century Magazine. Bella’s pride and joy is The New Orleans School of Burlesque, where she has reigned as the headmistress since 2008 and hosts New Orleans’ only weekly running of burlesque classes. She has taught the art of the tease to hundreds of women and men from New Orleans and beyond. The New Orleans School of Burlesque is also host to a number of guest teachers from across the country and specialty workshops. Bella is deeply entrenched in preserving burlesque in New Orleans (which is rich in burlesque history) and can often be seen performing in other local productions and fundraisers. In addition to running the school, she is one of the leading show producers in New Orleans. She is the Artistic Director of “The Dirty Dime Peepshow,” “The NOSB Student Showcase,” “Strip Roulette,” “The Blue Book Cabaret,” “Whiskey and Rhinestones,” as well as a number of large scale productions that take place in theaters across New Orleans.
The Bon Bons, St Louis, MO
The Bon-Bons burlesque troupe is a delicious mix of diverse performers dedicated to sass, class and old-fashioned showgirl charm! Their crowd-pleasing routines are a fun, eclectic mix of styles, ranging from sultry fan dances to playful chair acts. Based in St. Louis, MO, all the members are trained dancers and former students of burlesque luminary Lola van Ella. Featured both as a group and as accomplished solo artists, The Bon-Bons
have performed around the country in numerous festivals (including New Orleans, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Colorado and Show-Me Burlesque Festival) and have been a staple of the Beggar’s Carnivale and Spectaculaire! productions, in addition to producing their own revue shows at home. They recently debuted a successful new monthly show at The Monocle in St. Louis called The Bon-Bon’s Boudoir: An Intimate Cabaret, which is garnering great reviews for it’s cheeky wit and interactive feel. Current members of The Bon-Bons are Bitsy Bittersweet, Bibi Dazzle, Cheery Blossom, Chi Chi Buxuom, Dixie Denier, Dolly Mama, Minnie Moderne, Rose Whip, Sailem and Sugar Rush.
Chola Magnolia, Austin, TX
This chica sabrosita has been bouncing and swaying onstage for the past eight years. She began her career with Kings and Things, Austin's Premiere Drag King Troupe, in 2008. A couple years down the road, she ventured off on her own to become a soloist roaming the streets of Austin. Chola currently is a co-producer and cast member of The Midnight Menagerie (a perfomer of color collective), is a co-founder of Curvy Gurl Productions, is a member of Fat Bottom Cabaret, a dancer with the Austin Samba School, and an instructor at The Austin Academy of Burlesque. She has graced the stages of several fiestas throughout Texas, including the Inaugural Latin Burlesque Festival in Dallas, headlining the South Texas Burlesque Revival in Corpus as well as the Inaugural Queerlesque Festival in Dallas. This buxom beauty was the runner up for audience choice at the 2014 Texas Burlesque Festival and won the title of Biggest Tease at the same fest in 2015, and was 2015's Queen of San Antonio Burlesque. She is "The Baddest Blossom from the Barrio.
Dahlia Fatale, Chicago, IL
Dahlia Fatale is a contortionist, burlesque performer and instructor based in Chicago. A dancer since she as very young, Dahlia combines the smoothness of classical dance training with the bizarre super human stylings of contortion. In her burlesque work, she explores femininity, masculinity, fluidity and the art of seduction. Dahlia strives to create unique narratives which resonate with a variety of audiences and create experiences which last long after the final curtain has closed. You can find out more at www.dahliafatale.com. "She'll bend your mind with her body"
Deanna Danger, Richmond, VA
“Professional Purveyor of Good Times,” Deanna Danger is an international performance artist, events producer, and the Headmastress of Boom Boom Basics Burlesque & Performing Arts Studio. Ms. Danger is Richmond’s reigning, voted “Best Burlesque Performer,” and Richmond’s 2016 “Entertainer of the Year.” She is the producer/director of Butchertown Burlesque, a vintage-classic, live jazz + burlesque nightlife show series appearing in Richmond and Charlottesville, producer/director of Byrlesque at the Byrd held at the historic Byrd Theatre, founder/producer of the Richmond Tattoo & Arts Festival Miss Pinup RVA Competition, co-producer/co-director of The Haunting of Poe: A Burlesque Masquerade and the co-founder of the Capital City Burlesque & Vaudeville Festival.
Desiree De Carlo, Indianapolis, IN
A glamour girl to the core, Desiree De Carlo brings all the elements of classic burlesque, with a magnetic presence and a modern edge. As fancy as she is filthy, this strippin showgirl has made the stage her home, earning the tagline "glamour incarnate." In 2010 Desiree co-founded The Rocket Doll Revue in Indianapolis, a troupe known for dynamic variety, unique productions, and commitment to their craft.
Dusty Bahls, Chicago, IL
Dusty Bahls was first raised by a ferocious pack of drag queens. Although they taught him to hunt for gigs, beat his face and treated him like he was one of their own, Dusty knew he needed more. After wandering the venues of Chicago, he was taken in by kindly burlesque performers. Dusty learned the ways of the rhinestone, expressions of glitter and the art of tease. Now a burlesque performing drag king hybrid, Dusty is ready to give the world his love. But is the world ready to love Dusty?
Emma D’Lemma, Houston, TX
The Pint-Sized Powerhouse is Houston, Texas’s Award Winning Premier Aerial & Circus Burlesque Performer. Emma has a lifelong background of performing, a degree in dance & choreography from TTU, and currently attending circus school in NYC. She joined the world of burlesque when she met Tifa Tittlywinks, and has no desire to return to muggle world.
Eva la Feva, Chicago, IL
Eva la Feva is a nationally touring burlesque and belly dance performer/producer that has been delighting audiences for over a decade with her fluid, stylized dance technique base and her emotive and theatrical approach to burlesque. In 2016, Eva formed "Feva Pitch Productions," and event production company specializing in burlesque/nightlife entertainment. In addition, Eva helped co-found Burlesque Community Against Unsafe Spaces (BCAUS) in 2016, a community action group designed to foster safe spaces in the Chicago burlesque scene. In 2016, Eva was awarded the Judith Stein scholarship to the Edmonton Burlesque Festival. In Chicago, Eva is regular performer at Untitled, The Drifter, House of Blues, and additionally performs regularly at The Naughty Little Cabaret and as part of the dance collective Fringe Factor, directed by Lindsey Marks/Lady Jack. Eva’s belly dance credits include being cast in the internationally touring show Bellydance Evolution (Washington, DC and New York, 2010), earning second place in the MAQAM Belly Dance Challenge (Pro Tribal Belly Dance Soloist category, Chicago 2009), and performing as a backup dancer for Bollywood star Shefali Zariwala in 2012 (Chicago). She was Level II certified in the Suhaila Salimpour format from 2009-2011.
Felix Elixir, Lafayette, Louisiana
Felix Elixir is a co-founder of Boom! Boom! Burlesque. She has a background in ballet, having danced professionally with the Lafayette Ballet Theater for several years. She then studied Burlesque at the New Orleans school of Burlesque and never looked back. She now specializes in over the top characterization, improv, and costume design and has been coined as "a little bit extra." Recently Felix performed in the 2017 Houston and Dallas Burlesque festivals as well as across the South Eastern United States.
Foul Play Cabaret, Arkansas
Born in 2011, the Foul Play Cabaret has been keeping burlesque alive in central Arkansas. Together they co produce Arkansas' biggest and longest annual running burlesque revue, the Spa City Sweethearts along with regular shows in hot springs and little rock. They have spent several hours curating fundraisers to help the local community. The Foul Play Cabaret Consists of Ruby Lead, oh la la of Arkansas, is living proof that big things come in small packages. Violet D'Vine, a vivacious vixen, is the embodiment of sexuality. Doris Night, the dancing canvas, is so artfully adorned you will be hoping she'll come close to give you a better look. Rosa Lee Bloom, our own firey red head! A woman of outstanding beauty and grace, she'll steal your heart with her innocence and seal the deal with the body to match. The Foul Play Cabaret hopes to continue this amazing road that is burlesque. Bringing laughs, sex appeal, and good times to every place they enter. Whether it be a fundraiser for the Arkansas children's hospital or the biggest show they could imagine, the ladies of the foul play will entertain you on stage then will amaze you with humbleness.
Freaky Candy, Rimini, Italy
Eclectic as well as classic; irreverent and sweet as a glittered cupcake. Freaky Candy is a mixture of refined and graceful movements, joined with self-irony and humor. Her performances often involve audience participation, which – according to her – is the best way of letting people discover the exceptional world of Burlesque. Freaky Candy grew up studying ballet, belly dance and cultivating a solid background in the performing arts. She became captivated by the dramatic and magical world of Burlesque in 2011 and studies with the best international artists (Tigger, Matt Finish, Lola Frost, Michelle L'Amour, the Burlesque Legend April March to name a few) . She performs in Italy, Europe, USA and Canada, where she recently trod the stage at the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival as International Featured Performer. She created, in Rimini in 2015, the Association “Heart and Burlesque”, which opens its doors in October 2016 also in Riccione, with the aim of promoting the spread of the Burlesque Art in the two most vibrant and exciting cities on the Adriatic coast.
GiGi Holliday, Washington, D.C.
GiGi Holliday is Washington D.C.’s resurgence of glitz, glamour, and allure. Armed with eyelashes and an arsenal of glitter she has enticed audiences with her clever blend of sass and wit. Lady GiGi Holliday had her start after studying the art of burlesque in Trixie Little’s Burlesque Bootcamp and graduated in May 2010 with a double major in class and sass and a minor in tit-elation. Since then her presence has graced stages in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New York, Virginia, Georgia, Louisiana, Washington State and her native home Washington, D.C. where she was one of the first burlesque performers in 60 years to perform at the historic Howard Theater .In April 2016 she had the pleasure to perform at The John F. Kennedy Center with The Carvinalesque Road show produced by Armitage Shanks and Maria Bella. “The Chocolate that melts your heart” has been credited to have worked with Rain Pryor for “Bosley’s Burlesque and Cabaret” where Rain stated that she “loves what GiGi is doing because it is so multicultural.” GiGi has headlined the New Jersey Burlesque Festival and will be headlining the 2nd Annual Texas Queerlesque Festival.
When she is not melting her milk chocolate beauty all over the audience she uses her business attitude along with hard work and started Gi² Productions where she is the founder and producer of Zou Zou Burlesque Revue, Chocolate Lounge: Performers of Color Burlesque/ Variety show, and La Burlesque Follies with Palace Productions. In June 2014, GiGi opened and became the headmistress of Studio Holliday movement studio and creative arts where her burlesque classes were featured on Refinery 29 as one of the “5 Super Sexy Workouts that will get you fit”.
She is the Entertainment Director, premier host and dancer for L’Enfant Café La Boum Series. Sharing her talent and love around she is proud to be a member of Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret (D.C), former co-producer of Evil League of Ecdysiasts (D.C.), member of Gilded Lily Burlesque (Baltimore, MD), Naked Girls Reading D.C. and Co-producing the Capital City Burlesque & Vaudeville Festival premiering 4th of July weekend 2017. “D.C. Legitimate Love Child” enjoys the spotlight heating her up and showing you some “Chocolate City Tittie”.
Grace Gotham, New York, NY
Grace Gotham is a NYC-based burlesque performer, producer, and chanteuse who is currently featured in the new international Dove beauty campaign, "My Beauty My Say." She recently won the performance competition showcase at the Como Lake Burlesque Festival in Italy and was crowned "Queen of the Lake 2016." Her critically-acclaimed performance in her own monthly show, "Peel Me A Glove," at Manhattan's Sid Gold's Request Room has been praised by Theater Pizzazz for its "intelligence, creativity, training, timing, talent and ingenious humor." Grace has appeared in the pages of countless publications including Marie Claire, The Wall Street Journal, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and The Dallas Morning News, as well as on Vogue.com, Cosmo TV, The Sartorialist for AOL series, and as a guest on Oprah radio. In addition to turning up the heat on stage, Grace also does so in the kitchen. Her popular food blog, "Tassel to Table," features “sexy and simple meals from a burlesque showgirl to your table.” Learn more about Grace at www.GraceGotham.com
Greta Garter, Hades, Underworld
The girl with the garters that never come off. Greta has been performing burlesque for many years, starting with the Alley Cat Revue. She has been voted #50 burlesque performer in the world by www.pinup.me.uk As an original member of the Alley Cat Revue she has traveled all over the USA. and is a past Shimmy Showdown champion. An esteemed instructor at Van Ella Studios, she inspires and whips into shape new generations of performers. Greta is an excellent all around performer, aerialist, costume maker, and model. She hopes to tassel twirl her way into your heart!!
Gurl Haggard, Indianapolis, IN
As a member of Indiana's Rocket Doll Revue, Gurl Haggard delivers classic burlesque with a clear heel sensibility. When she is not on the road, touring nationwide as a cast member of Luxotica Lounge Cabaret, she can usually be found bumping and grinding on a Midwestern stage.
Heartland Bombshells, Iowa City, IA
The Heartland Bombshells began shimmying their way into Hawkeye hearts in July 2016. They are the only burlesque troupe in Iowa City, and The Bombshells aim to bring the ideas of body and sex positivity in the local mainstream. They are active performers and outspoken for women and LGBTQ communities in the eastern Iowa area.
Isaiah Esquire, Portland, OR
Isaiah Esquire is the producer and headliner of the hit Portland show, BOYEURISM at Star theater. Isaiah, as a dancer/performer has graced many stages throughout the United States and as far as Jamaica,and even Finland. This exciting entertainer has a unique performance style that is intensely emotive, athletic, and explosive incorporating elements of dance,burlesque, drag, and contortion into his stage performance. Often referred to as a "Glamazon", His tall statuesque physique alone demands attention. That however is certainly not the only reason why Isaiah Esquire is a force to witness and promised to entrance you.
IZOHNNY, Portland, OR
IZOHNNY is the dynamic performance duo of Isaiah Esquire & Johnny Nuriel. This statuesque pair of 6’5’’ ebony & ivory specimens deliver a jaw-dropping performance experience with an androgynous and gender fluid style that audiences swoon over. IZOHNNY exhibits an impressive and unique array of disciplines: Isaiah Esquire is a seasoned dancer/choreographer/creative director and internationally acclaimed entertainer. Known for his mastery of face, character, and intricate lip-sync, Isaiah is a bright star on the horizon. Johnny Nuriel illuminates the stage with a light all his own. His expansive arsenal of talents encompasses the circus arts (aerial/object manipulation/fire performance), burlesque, belly dance, and live-vocals. He is known for his ability to fuse these disciplines seamlessly. With their powers combined, Isaiah Esquire & Johnny Nuriel are IZOHNNY. Based out of Portland OR, this fearsome Duo has been seen Internationally as well as throughout the United States. Over the past year, in addition to getting married, this powerhouse couple has been touring with Portland’s own gender fluid cabaret troupe, the Caravan of Glam: Referred to by America’s Got Talent scouts as one of the Top 10 traveling queer performance groups in the US. Independently and combined, Isaiah and Johnny have been featured in multiple Music Videos, Film Documentaries, Magazines, Websites, and even Comic Books. They will be representing Portland in Seattle’s International Boylesque Festival as well as making a special appearance on Seattle Pride’s Main Stage. IZOHNNY Produces and headlines the performance spectacular: BOYeurism @ the Star Theater (Portland), a show that was created by Isaiah himself. On stage, in life, and through love, Isaiah and Johnny continually break down barriers of gender, sexuality, culture, and age. IZOHNNY invites you to join in this movement and witness the magic as they show you limitlessness self-expression through their fearless art.
Johnny Nuriel, Portland, OR
Johnny Nuriel is a powerfully androgynous and versatile performer known for his signature fusion of fire, object manipulation, burlesque, belly dance, aerial, and LED performance. He is a dynamic mover, uniting these multiple disciplines to create unique and vibrant performances. Johnny draws on his natural blend of Masculine and Feminine to create his stage aesthetic, delivering shocking visuals through the use of elaborate costumes, veils, masks, and dramatic stage makeup. He is the co-producer of the hit Portland show, Boyeurism, a show that delivers its audience a dazzling array of drag, circus, burlesque, and live vocal performances showcasing a diverse range of masculinity. Johnny was recently featured in Mercy Daae's HOT COUTURE collection, a fire fashion extravaganza @ the Crucible in West Oakland.
Jo'Rie Tigerlily - Richmond, VA
New Jersey built and Richmond bloomed, Jo'Rie Tigerlily is poised to rip your face off in sexiest way possible. She always brings the house down with her ferocious energy and never fails to leave audiences wanting more! Jo'Rie is also internationally known, performing at the 2016 Edmonton Burlesque Festival and winning the Burlesque Bunny title. She is a graduate of Boom Boom Basics Burlesque and Performing Arts Studio (Richmond, VA) and a former member of Deanna Danger's Boomettes dance troupe. She has also been a featured performer in Deanna Danger's Butchertown Burlesque series and a regular performer in The Richmond Burlesque Revue. You can find this ferocious flower on Instagram (@jorietigerlily) and Facebook (Facebook.com/jorietigerlily) to keep up with her gllittery adventures!
Kater Tot, Kansas City, MO
Kater Tot delights in taking the hilarious and strange and turning them into her own special kind of sexy. A theatre major turned recent burlesque comedian, this "HOT Potato" from Kansas City has traveled performing her special brand of comedic nerdlesque/burlesque all around from Alaska, to Texas, and Colorado. A lover of making you uncomfortable and a weapon of MASH destruction, Kater Tot loves sharing her awkwardness with you.
Kinetika Dance, San Francisco, CAKinetika Dance represents the combined forces of Gaea Lady & Miss Kitty Oaks, the dynamic dancing duo! Gaea and Kitty began performing together on the Chicago scene in 2013 and branched out to the SF Bay Area when Kitty moved west in 2014. Both performers have danced since early childhood; as a result they each bring decades of technique and performance experience to the stage. You can see them dancing up a storm at shows such as Unbridled at Untitled (Chicago), The Naughty Little Cabaret (Chicago), the Kiss Kiss Cabaret (Chicago), Clipper Cabaret (Chicago), Hubba Hubba Revue (SF), Red Hots Burlesque (SF) and No Cover Cabaret (SF). The duo also performs at Burning Man, electronic music events, and at festivals throughout the land!
Kitana Louise, Nashville, TN
A classically trained vocalist, Kitana started her career in musical theater and opera. Since then, she's performed with a variety of bands and music groups until finally succumbing to her striptease fantasies and learning Burlesque. After GRINDuating from Delinquent Debutantes in 2012, she has established herself as a versatile showgirl, singing, dancing, acting, and modeling across the country and TV screen. She is a featured entertainer at the legendary Skull's Rainbow Room in Nashville, TN and now instructs Burlesque Basics at Delinquent Debutantes.
Laika Fox, Denver, CO
Laika Fox is a Denver-based burlesque performance artist, originally from the Bay Area. Her work is clever, insightful, and often subversive. She performs with such shows as: Hubba Hubba Revue (SF), Tourrettes Without Regrets (Oakland), Sizzling Sirens (Sacramento), Carnivale de Sensuale (Denver), and Peaks and Pasties (Colorado Springs)! She has also performed across North America at various festivals and shows. Laika is one half of Team StarFox, the duo behind The Body Political (http://thebodypolitical.com/), a subversive burlesque and variety revue that confronts social myths about bodies through personal stories of resistance and reclamation. She is also a volunteer for the Burlesque Hall of Fame, a nonprofit museum with a mission to preserve, celebrate, and inspire the art of burlesque.
Lilly Rascal, Chicago, IL
This Chicago heart breaker teaches and tours, bringing her energetic rock and roll burlesque to the stage and the studio, with 10 years of dance,singing and acting under her skirt. " she ensnared her audience with her forceful dancing"- Cloud Orchid Magazine. She is the original rascal without a cause, it's Lilly Rascal!
Lola Coquette, Portland, OR
Lola Coquette, the Sweetheart of the Southwest, is a Multi award-winning, national performer and instructor originally from Arizona, now based in Portland. Known for her fiery blend of Latin fusion, coquettist comedy and bump and grind, Lola is the Winner of Best Representation of Latin Culture at the 2014 Latin Burlesque Festival. Lola is also an acclaimed solo and group collaboration nerdlesque performer. She has heated up stages from Chicago and St. Louis to Dallas and Austin, Denver to Anchorage and Seattle. She recently headed the inaugural "De Colores: All Latin Revue" in Portland and will be a featured performer at the 1st Annual Hispanic Burlesque Showcase in Cleveland, May 5th. Catch teaching the art of tease and Latin fusion at All that Glitters Burlesque Academy in Portland or shaking a tail-feather at a stage near you!!
Lucky Buckym Denver, CO
Born and bread in Texas Lucky Bucky moved to Colorado to study circus arts in 2013. On a day like today, Lucky Bucky and a group of Jugglers made their way into Denver's Sexy Circus Sideshow. Lucky Bucky discovered burlesque amongst the vaudeville scene and thought about the time he ran through his high school wearing nothing but a thong and ski mask. In fact he recalled many times he chose to remove clothes rather than be constrained by cotton or denim. Lucky Bucky combined his love of circus and stripping and joined Denver's Clocktower Cabaret to learn the art of strip tease. Since moving to Chicago in 2016, Lucky became the Judith Stein Scholarship recipient and a featured performer in both the Edmonton Burlesque Festival and the Milan Extraordinare Festival. You can find Lucky Bucky comfortably removing his clothes and juggling his balls as a main cast member at the Naughty Lil Cabaret in Chicago.
Mary Lynn Mayhem is an American based performer, model, and costumer from Dallas, Texas. She’s been hypnotizing fans around the world since 2012, performing in New Orleans, Montreal, and Las Vegas just to name a few! Mary Lynn is also a former showgirl of the Ruby Revue, who took home the award for best troupe in 2014 at the Burlesque Hall of Fame. Miss Mayhem is a versatile performer with over 18 years of dance and performance experience. Awards include: 1st Runner up at the 2016 Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival, 2nd Runner up at the 2015 New Orleans Burlesque Festival, 2nd Runner up at the 2015 Kansas City Burlesque Festival, Best Costume at the 2015 San Antonio Burlesque Festival, Miss Lone Star Roundup 2013, and Miss Dallas Burlesque Pin Up 2012.
Maxi and Steele, St Louis, MO
Steele Starling has introduced women and men to pole dance at the Michelle Mynx Academy of Pole Dance for the last 7 years and performs aerial chains, pole and rope across the country. His favorite shows included the Hubba Hubba Revue and Red Hots Burlesque in San Francisco as a featured performer, the Stage Door Johnnie's show, the Americana, the Windy City, Fierce Queer and the Show Me Burlesque Festivals, including as part of the Beggar's Carnival. With Maxi Glamour, innovation and insanity collide with eclecticism within the confines of this demon. As a multi-medium artist, they constantly try to explore boundaries of expression through any art form accessible. After 8 years on stage, they've graced their way through a plethora of cities throughout the country. Onward looking they've set their sights on promoting diversity through visibility with a project They started called Qu'art which helps showcase a wide array of local queer artists. Steele and Maxi are overjoyed to present their first public performance of their duo pole act at the Show Me Burlesque Fest!
Michelle Mynx, St Louis, MO
Michelle Mynx first gained recognition as half of the acclaimed acrobatic pole dancing burlesque duo, Gravity Plays Favorites with her partner Katrina Dohl. This sensational duo performed both nationally and internationally for over a decade covering many genres. A pioneer of the Pole World, Michelle continues to perform her signature style of Polesque , celebrate her powerful sexuality, teach others to do so as well, and eye fuck every audience she has the pleasure of dancing for. She is winner of multiple burlesque, pole dance, and showgirl awards, producer of several Pole shows including the Slutwalk Showcase, The Poletry in Motion series celebrating queer pole performance, and the Mynx Extravaganza, the longest running Pole Showcase ever and benefit for the Sexual Assault Victim's Unit. She loves teaching as much as performing and is proud to own the Mynx Academy of Pole Dance in St. Louis.
Mimi Le Uke, St Louis, MO
Mimi Le Uke is St. Louis' Sailor Mouthed Swetheart with her dirty uke in tow. A lifetime performer, Mimi got her start in the world of vaudeville as a comedic burlesque dancer with the St. Louis Alley Cat revue in 2006. She's been chewing the scenery ever since with her quirky comedic brand! In 2010, Mimi created the Randy Dandies, a sketch comedy driven burlesque troupe. Along with the Randy Dandies, this plucky pin-up began a monthly game show called Burlesque Bingo, where we play topless!!! In 2011, she was named best burlesque performer in St. Louis by the Riverfront times. Along with producing several sold out shows with the Randy Dandies, she performs regularly in the local area with the award winning Funky Butt Brass Band, Naughtigras, and The Mynx Academy Pole Extravaganza. She has also been a featured performer regionally including with the Kiss Kiss Cabaret(CHI), the Rocket Doll Revue(IN), and Musette the Muse Productions(MN). In 2015, this naughty nightingale picked up the ukulele, bringing her brand of filth and funny to life through song. Her dirty dirges and bawdy ballads make audiences giggle and blush with delight. She completed her first album, Songs in the Key of Ratchet, in February 2017. Recently, this busy showgirl took over as the General Manager of the Monocle, a sexy little speakeasy bar with a 55 person performance venue in the back called the Emerald Room. Along with developing a delicious cocktail program with a diverse beer portfolio and wine selection, she also serves as the Bookings Coordinator for the Emerald Room. Wherever Mimi is, the party is jamming! Come have a drink with her and stay for the show.
Ms B LaRose, Chicago, IL
Known as The Glittering Goddess with a Heart of Gold, Ms. B LaRose is a national touring burlesque entertainer known to combine stylized dance with emotive sexual fluidity, bringing in a raw sultry, mischievous stage presence that has been captivating audiences across the country. She is beautiful both inside and out, has legs for DAYS, AND gets the dayum thing done. Raw, honest, and beautiful, with her playful sensuality and generosity of spirit, Ms. B LaRose is looking to pollinate her love one stage at a time. Please give it up for Chicago's Glittering Goddess with the Heart of Gold, my friend and your future crush, Ms. B LaRose.
Musette, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis burlesque darling "Musette the Mistress of Mischief" is part sideshow sweetie of daring, danger acts and part vintage, vaudeville vixen who has performed in hundreds of shows from the sparkly streets of NYC and the greater midwest to across the pond in the UK. With flamboyant costumes and dramatic flair Musette aims to slay the unaware as well as the initiated with her bountiful burlesque charms and cheeky humor as she crosses her heart to do her sinfully worst to make a crowd gasp or giggle with her back side wiggle.
Nona Narcisse, Baltimore, MD
Nona Narcisse has worked and performed with many musicians, burlesque troupes, and productions in New Orleans La., Chicago, Orlando, NYC, Richmond Va., Baltimore, Washington DC, and Ascona, Switzerland. She is a proud member of Gilded Lily Burlesque. She has theater, clown, and mime training from the Celebration Barn Theater, as well as extensive dance training in several modalities. Performing as a "living statue", Nona has been part of the Baltimore Harbor Performing Program since 2011. She owns a rhinestone retail business called Looking Glass Gems, which specializes in beautiful, affordable rhinestones for creative design!
O.Snap!, Chicago, IL
O.Snap! is a Drag King from Chicago who has performed in mostly queer festivals and shows including "Fierce: International Queer Burlesque Festival," "Alternatease," "Minneapolis Burlesque Festival" Queerapocolypse" "Faux Show" and countless venues in Chicago.
She is a woman who sometimes sings the pain of a man through a woman's voice. She is a man who sometimes sings the pain of a woman through a man's voice. He is a woman who sometimes sings the pain of a woman through man's voice. Andy is also the co-producer of Queer Lines. Queer lines is a project led by Chicago artists Andy Bellomo & Jenn Freeman (aka Po’Chop), and is a three part project that seeks to spark conversations surrounding queer identity. Utilizing visual arts, poetry and live performance, this investigative project is a multi-disciplinary experience that will focus on creating a safe space for housing an honest and celebratory conversation regarding the queer, gender nonconforming, experience.
Olatsa Assassin, Seattle, WA
‘The Fatal Femme’ is a burlesque dancer, actress & vocalist hailing from the city of Seattle, WA. Armed with a performance background in musicals, plays, international choir tour, over a decade of acting studies and a degree in music with a focus on classical voice and minor in theater, this 'Fatal Femme' transitioned into the world of burlesque in early 2011. She is part of the rotating cast of The Pink Door Cabaret in Seattle, and performs frequently as a soloist in cities around the Pacific Northwest. Olatsa has performed in past years at the Vancouver, New Orleans, Oregon, Oklahoma burlesque festivals, in 2017 the Texas, and Kansas City Burlesque Festivals. Olatsa is one-third part of The Emerald City Burlesque Revue, a production team curating the quarterly classic and neo burlesque shows at the historic Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood.
Patti Zikmund, Chicago
Patti is best known for her level of energy and musicality she brings to the stage. Each performance is given every inch of her soul and passion. She dances with her heart exposed leaving it open and raw. Although her main goal is to always ensure the audience has a good time, she loves to do the unexpected on the pole and in her dance. She performs regularly across the Midwest and has been affectionately called the Spider and Controlled Chaos.
Patsy Blue Ribbon, Indianapolis, IN
Certainly not a one-note performer, she's sure to appeal to your senses. Patsy got started at the New Orleans School of Burlesque before moving to Indianapolis and joining up with the Rocket Doll Revue. She has since appeared in festivals and productions all around the Midwest bringing her sultry, slinky style to the stage.
Queenie O'Hart, New Orleans, LA
Queenie O'Hart has been active in the theatrical arts since the sweet age of seven and has been bringing "musical theatre with tits" to burlesque stages across the US since 2012. Queenie is an international performer who has been featured in The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Snake Oil Festivals, Florida Burlesque Festival, and Minneapolis Burlesque Festival. Ms. O'Hart performed regularly throughout the Pacific Northwest until 2015 when she moved to the South! She is now a proud troupe member of Bella Blue's The Foxglove Revue shedding her clothes and belting her tunes around New Orleans!
Raven Rose, Hot Springs, AR
Raven Rose is a polished and classically trained performer since childhood, who has a history in tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and hip hop. She went on to be a professional dancer(Arkansas Twister Cheerleader)and teacher. Over the past five years, Raven has focused her talents on burlesque, performing all over the mid south(Show-Me Burlesque Festival, Dallas Burlesque Festival, Great Southern Exposure-Most Classic 2015, Texas Queerlesque Festival, The Roux Festival, Viva las Vegas) while making costumes, taking and teaching workshops, and choreographing group and solo acts for other performers and troupes in Arkansas. In 2016 she began production of her very own variety show, The Raven's Nest, which includes not only burlesque, but drag, sideshow and circus arts. Notorious for her creative couture costuming, artistic choreography that showcases her trained background, and an exotic golden glow, she is known as the Blooming Bird of Burlesque!
Ray Ray Sunshine, Chicago, IL
Lisa Marie -- AKA Ray Ray Sunshine -- is an accomplished costume designer who is no stranger to the burlesque stage. An award-winning artist, she performs all over the midwest and produces a live band burlesque show in Chicago. Her costume work can be seen on the biggest and brightest stars in the burlesque business and she is excited to transition those skills into her first loungewear and lingerie line for her design label, Fine & Mighty, debuting this Summer.
The Rocket Doll Revue, Indianapolis, IN
The Rocket Doll Revue is Indianapolis’ one-of-a-kind burlesque troupe rolled into a sexy ball of bouffants, rhinestones and the occasional bucket of blood. Founded in 2010 after a night of tasteful debauchery at a traveling vaudeville show, the Rocket Doll Revue is a tight-knit group of smokin’ hot ladies! Showcasing a dynamic variety of show-stopping talent – from classic striptease to the avant garde – this troupe always provides a vibrant and unique experience.
Rose Whip, Saint Louis, MO (THE LOU!)
Rose Whip first burst onto the performance scene in June of 2014 as an amateur and fireball in the gay clubs in The Grove of Saint Louis. From the very beginning, she was already leaving audiences entertained, yet wanting more. As a natural dancer, Rose began to challenge herself more, not only by taking classes but also doing her homework on the world of Burlesque. Rose made her official debut out of Lola Van Ella Studios in 2015 and into the St. Louis burlesque scene. And after just a few years into working the various St. Louis stages, she has already started to make a name for herself. In 2016, Rose became one of the newest members of Saint Louis’ own troupe, The Bon-Bons, adding something sharp and tart to the already beautiful flavors. She also debuted as a solo performer at the Kansas City Burlesque Festival, Jeezy’s Juke Joint, and at The Roux: A Spicy Brown Burlesque festival in New Orleans. Her impeccable timing and musicality prove that she was born to perform. Rose’s master plan is to continue to challenge the status quo by making queer and brown performers more visible, one stage and one performance at a time.
Rosie Cheeks, New York, NY
Rosie Cheeks is a burlesque performer, go-go dancer, and pin-up model based in New York City. A trained dancer, Rosie performed in musical theater productions, touring nationally and internationally for many years. She began her burlesque career in 2012, and made her debut at Coney Island as a graduate of the New York School of Burlesque. She has performed in burlesque festivals in the southern and northeastern US. In NYC she’s brought her dynamic, vivacious stylings to The Slipper Room, Nurse Bettie, Dances of Vice and as a 2 year resident performer at Hotel Chantelle. She has also managed Dances of Vice events. Rosie is a featured performer at The Burlesque Show, a weekly production at The Borgata Casino in Atlantic City. She is a co-founder of Twirly Whirly Burly-Q, that tours the US in the spring and fall.
Sadie Hawkins and Rusty Trombeauxn, ATL, GA
Sadie Hawkins is Atlanta’s gravity-defying fireball. A burlesque aerialist, fire performance artist, and producer, her acts are charged with a sensuality and a sense of humor whether she’s in the air, on stage or afire. Sadie's partner, Rusty Trombeauxn, is an artist working with wood, steel, and fire, specializing in devotional machines; he has fabricated many of her bespoke aerial apparatus. They perform together as part of the Flight of Swallows improv music+movement collaborative.
Sailem, St Louis, MO
From the deep depths of fiery hell, it’s Sailem! She’s here to capture your soul and heart (figuratively and literally). Sailem is a burlesque dancer from St. Louis, Missouri. She debuted in January 2016 as a graduated student from Van Ella Studios. In the past year, she has made several accomplishments- she is one of the newest members of The Bon-Bons, debuted in The Roux festival in New Orleans, performed and traveled with Jeezy’s Juke Joint- and she is ready to do even more! This fireball is a force to be reckoned with… she’s the one to put the BOO in booty!
Sassy Von Straddler, Minneapolis, MN
Sassy von Straddler is known as The Voluptuous Mix of Glitz and Splits. Don't let Sassy's midwestern upbringing fool you! Anything but Minnesota Nice, she's a femme fatale through and through. Known for her seductive striptease, Sassy will ensnare you with her sparkle, then tame you with her fierce flexibility. She's a pint-size hourglass with plenty of sand! Sassy regularly performs in Minneapolis, as well as internationally. She was voted #47 on the 2016 Burlesque Top 50.
Scarlette Revolver is one deadly weapon; a burlesque, sideshow, and circus entertainer known for her versatility. Revolver can be seen hammering nails into her face one minute, twirling tassels the next! She makes audiences dizzy with her hula hoop routines and gets em' hot and heavy with her fire dancing. As the founder & producer of St. Cloud, MN's premier burlesque & vaudeville revue, Carnivale Revolver, Scarlette takes great pride in providing outstanding new-age vaudeville shows to Minnesota audiences. She's also an emcee and burlesque instructor. Scarlette is the proud owner of St. Cloud MN's first and only burlesque studio, Revolver Studios. She has been selected to perform in the Show-Me Burlesque & Vaudeville Festival(St. Louis, MO), Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival, WI Burlesque Festival and the Minneapolis Burlesque Festival among numerous local Twin Cities productions. Putting a BANG in burlesque; she'll knock you dead!
Shan de Leers, Nashville, TN
Shan de Leers is a Professional Captivator, Bawdy Positivity Educator, and Costumer based out of Nashville, Tennessee. She is half of Nashville's producing team and only Burlesque Finishing School, Delinquent Debutantes, a featured dancer at Nashville's Historic Skull's Rainbow Room, and the brain and hands behind deLeerious Dressings. Shan has taken her shimmies on the road stripteasing and teaching from Jim Thorpe to San Francisco, Atlanta to Seattle, spreading the gospel of grind and sharing her southern charms. She's The Tennessee Tease, Shan de Leers!
ShelBelle Shamrock, Dallas, TX
The Get Lucky Girl: ShelBelle Shamrock is an entertainer, artist and dance instructor in Dallas TX who has been captivating audiences in the burlesque world since 2007. She is a founding member of Femme Fatale Cru (Texas' only all-female Hip Hop crew) and is a former member of the Ruby Revue (Burlesque Hall of Fame: Best Troupe 2014).
She is known to love three things in life: Burlesque, Hip Hop, and Dogs.
Onstage, ShelBelle is a fierce and sexy performer known for her energetic style, athletic abilities, and natural instinct to tease. Her love for Hip Hop and Burlesque have lead her on a unique performance journey. Combining elements of classic striptease with a neo twist, she'll take you from doo wop to hip hop to punk rock and back again.
When she's not strutting with showgirls or battling with bgirls, ShelBelle can be found walking, training, and playing with her furry, four-legged friends.
Siobhan Atomica, Central Kentucky
BIO: Multi-award-winning and nationally acclaimed burlesque performer, Siobhan Atomica is "Five Feet of KA-POW!" She has been a central figure in the Kentucky burlesque scene since 2008 and has brought burlesque to thousands of people in hundreds of events from coast to coast.
She is the headmistress of Kentucky Academy of Burlesque, the founder and producer of the Kentucky Burlesque Society and The Bluegrass Burlexpo: Kentucky Burlesque and Variety Festival, and she is the Creative Director of Vagabond Artists Collective.
Notably, she has opened for The Reverend Horton Heat, been a feature burlesque entertainer at Spearmint Rhino, she is a current feature entertainer at the world-famous Kit Kat Club, and she regularly headlines Dante's Sinferno in Portland, OR: rated one of the top 10 burlesque shows in the country. Furthermore, she has helped to raise over $30,000 for various charities through performing and producing and continues to utilize her art form as a way to help others in need.
Sugar Kane, Portland, OR
She's a candy-coated bombshell that will rot your teeth and make your mouth water! With over 10 years of swing, tap, 60s go-go and burlesque, she's performed on stages internationally and across the US from Vancouver BC to New Orleans. She's performed at Pink Door (Seattle), the House of Blues (New Orleans) and the New York, Colorado, Texas, Kansas City, Windy City Burlesque and Houston Burlesque Festivals. Her love of vintage pinup inspires every bump, grind, peel and twirl! In addition to her love of performing, she produces Naughty Bit Burlesque and co-produces Rue Royale Burlesque in Portland, Oregon.
Tifa Tittlywinks, Houston, TX
Tifa Tittlywinks is a multiple award winning performer, producer, and artist in Houston, TX. She is the owner of Dem Damn Dames Burlesque, Houston’s longest running and largest monthly burlesque show. She is the owner and lead instructor at Madame Fantastick’s Burlesque School, Houston’s only burlesque studio. She has been dancing since the young age of 3. She has performed with the Indianapolis Dance Company, Greg Hancock Dance Theater, and choreographed for the Carmel Community Players in Indianapolis, where she won two Encore Awards for outstanding choreography.
She has been seen under the lights of many festivals, including the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas 2016 and will be headlining the Southwest Burlesque Showcase 2018 and a feature at the Edmonton Burlesque Festival in 2017. Her style is extremely vast, including Vaudeville, comedy, eroticism, and visual arts and incorporates elements of tap, jazz, bump & grind, and other dance styles.
Tila Von Twirl, Chicago, IL
Also known as the Origami Crane of Sequins and Pain, Tila Von Twirl is one third of The Amazing Bendable Posable Dolls of Doom, an internationally seen engineered, acrobatic and aerial burlesque group. The Dolls have had the honor of being inducted into the Burlesque Hall of Fame twice with the titles of Best Group 2010 and Most Comedic 2011. As a trained dancer and choreographer, she has danced for “Tomorrow” featuring Fleetwood Mac, "Sing" featuring Elton John, and set choreography for Lando Blaze and Narcissa that got the honor of coining the term “stupidlesque” from New York’s Johnny Porkpie. Tila has taught classes for Studio L’amour, School of Shimmy, Fishnet Follies and Van Ella Studios to name of few. In her hometown of Chicago, Tila is a featured dancer at Untitled Supper Club and is a cast member of Naughty Little Cabaret and Fringe Factor where she specializes in a classic kind of tease with a special brand of humor. Find upcoming shows at tilavontwirl.com. Always fun and flirty, she will be sure to knock your socks off!
Valentina, San Diego
This versatile, vivacious, vaudevillian vixen, Valentina dazzles audiences around the world with her unique vision of circus dance fusion. Sharing her magic in both performance and workshops is her passion and drive. Valentina is a second generation belly dancer who was raised in the Los Angeles underground art scene by her mother, Leela, a successful theatrical belly dance icon. Valentina now blends belly dance with hooping, fire, burlesque and hoop juggling. Her ability to seamlessly combine these art forms gives her a provocative style unlike any other. She is the leader of The Hoop Unit, the Vaudeville Vixens, one half of Twisted Orbit, a hoop fabricator and an event producer.
Vivacious Miss Audacious, Grand Rapids, MI
The flame haired Whirlwind with the Crimson Grin, is an independent showgirl and producer who has her hips and hands in a myriad of art and entertainment ventures. Known for her spunky energy and mega watt smile, she has toured extensively across the USA and beyond. Some highlights include a lengthy jaunt across Australia with the renowned Pretty Things Peepshow, headlining the Gangster's Ball, VIP Gala performances at the London Burlesque Festival 2016, appearances at the 2017 Toulouse Burlesque Festival in France and cabaret commingling with her Canadian cohorts on a solo Toronto tour. In 2015, she co-founded Luxotica Lounge Cabaret, a touring tropical cocktail of showbiz delights. She is the producer of Shimmy Shack Burlesque, est. 2009, specializing in featuring a monthly, rotating cast of professional, traveling entertainers. She is also the headmistress of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Grand Rapids, Michigan. Miss Audacious was formerly an original member of Super Happy Funtime Burlesque, est. 2005, and cut her teeth getting weird across America with the innovative troupe. As founder of Audacious Hoops hula hoop company she has brought hoop dance to the forefront in her home state and has become the darling of local news media. Miss Audacious also regularly works her magic with other productions throughout the Midwest. She is a published model and has enjoyed multi-media work in independent films and commercials. Miss Audacious was one of the early modern variety performers to pair hooping with burlesque and has been showcasing her unique brand of vibrant hoop dance, acrobatics and circus arts since 2005.
Willy LaQueue, Chicago, IL
Willy LaQueue is a dazzling sensual sensation from a different time. He's foppish flirt, a sissy sexpot, and a distinguished dandy with a dancing derriere. With two decades of experience as a self-trained hip hop dancer and choreographer, Willy can ride any rhythm and bounce to any beat.
He's performed across North America showcasing a new queer future by celebrating the queer past. He's the best friend of Dorothy, the lightest loafers, and the Limpest Wrist in Burlesque.