Burlesque Performers UK

Millie Dollar
Location: United Kingdom
Website: www.milliedollar.com
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Sultry dancer and model Millie Dollar is a starlet in the world of burlesque. In love with the glitz and glamour of the 1940’s and 50’s her stage presence exudes the very word attitude while her performances use classic feathered boas and fans to thrill and tantalize audiences with her peek here and a peek there signature dance acts such as Jealousy and the Blue Martini. The Blue Martini not only pays homage to classic burlesque with its dance style and music even the name is a nod to the history of burlesque when performers were often jailed and a blue light bulb was used to notify dancers of a police raid.

For the last 7 years Millie Dollar has been transporting people back to a time when burlesque was king, and no doubt she is one of the prize jewels in its crown. Neil Kendall founder of Goldust Burlesque Show said “Millie Dollar always adds a touch of Vintage Glamour. “ By combining classic burlesque style with the rock and roll of the Las Vegas Bump and Grind she delivers a raunchy and energetically frenzied performance with her trademark sassy pout.

Millie can be seen touring with Revue shows such as Missy Malone and Friends, and Time for Tease, and she is a regular at London’s annual Great British Tattoo show. But, never one to stop Millie became the founding member and producer of her own revue show The Martini Lounge possibly named after her act. Though petite compared to most burlesque stars her sensuality packs a punch few others can match.

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Amber Topaz
Location: United Kingdom
Website: www.ambertopaz.co.uk
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Two time London Cabaret awards nominee Amber Topaz is an internationally renowned burlesque performer. Known for her siren song, comic antics and signature swing prop she was named one of the Top 50 Burlesque Acts in 2011 by 21 Century Burlesque magazine.

Since starting in burlesque at the suggestion of a photographer Amber Topaz has been gracing stages across the globe with her sultry song and dance. She has toured the United Kingdom with “An Evening of Burlesque” since 2011 performing her signature acts like “Sauce”. She has headlined such venues as The Burlesque Ball at the Showzam Festival 2012 and had her own sell out one woman shows ‘Storm in a D Cup’ and ‘the Mile High Club”. She also has the distinction of being the first artist to perform burlesque cabaret in Morocco at the ‘Lotus Club’ and being the chosen cover model for the photo book Burlesque Beauty. She is also a regular headliner on tour and at the burlesque supper club Volupté in London. Beginning May 2013 she will tackle the role of ‘Miss Nightingale’ in the critically acclaimed ‘Miss Nightingale – The Burlesque Musical’.

Amber originally a musical actress and model never intended on getting becoming the burlesque star she is now. When asked how she made the career choice she replied “The universe conspired to find me an outlet for my talents and creativity.” Audiences entertained by her song and dance comedy styles have been thrilled that the universe conspired to bring her to burlesque stages.

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Missy Malone
Location: United Kingdom
Website: www.missymalone.co.uk
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The brunette bombshell Missy Malone, who now resides in Central England, is called the Queen of Scottish burlesque. Voted one of the Top 50 Burlesque Acts in the world in 2009, Missy is known for her classic 1950s pin-up girl style and the distinctive white streak in her hair.

Taking up burlesque full-time in 2007 she toured with The Damned on their ‘Twisted Cabaret’ UK/Ireland tour. She now performs with her own revue show, Missy Malone and Friends Burlesque Revue, across the United Kingdom often seen in burlesque hotspots such as the High Tease (Bath), Wet Spot (Leeds) and the Candy Box (Birmingham). She is also a regular at events like the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Rockabilly.

The burlesque performer, actress, and model is known for high energy performances and her use of numerous and extravagant props. Whether she is stilt walking in her ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ act, or covered in balloons for her classic bubble pop routine Champagne she has audiences dropping their jaws. Missy is partnered with Leyla Rose in the Missy and Leyla Show. Together the duo brings a sexy comedy to the stage with their acts Hawaiian Hula, Elf Snowball Fight and the always over top Pillow Fight. In corset and panties, the girl fight with feathers flying act is the stuff schoolboy, and grown men’s, fantasies are made of. Whether as a solo act or part of a duet Missy Malone’s sexy and sensual style is what burlesque is all about.

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Khandi Khisses
Location: United Kingdom
Website: www.khandiekhisses.com
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The voluptuous Miss Khandie Khisses has been dubbed the ‘Queen of Burlesque’. Watching her act it is easy to see why she has been voted as one of the Top 50 Burlesque Acts in the World 4 times consecutively (2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012) by 21st Century Burlesque magazine. Known internationally as a burlesque dancer, fire performer, model, writer and sometimes mermaid her sensual curves put the VA back in VA-VA-VA-Voom.

Miss Khandie Khisses has performed by invitation at such venues as the Australian Burlesque (and subsequent 12 day tour), Paris Burlesque, British Science Festivals, Festival of Sins, and Rock n Soul Festival. She is also seen also gracing the stages of burlesque theaters like the Greene Room in Milton Keynes. When not performing she teaches the art of burlesque in workshops through her own school Hidden Heart Academy.

Whether she is paying tribute to her days serving in the Royal Air Force with her act Babe of the Blitz, wearing a gorilla costume in Kong’s evolution or dancing with fire in Temple Temptress she captures the hearts of audiences across the globe. Her slapstick comic style, sexy shimmy, and infectious smile make her a show stopping hit. When asked what burlesque really is Khandie replied “For me burlesque is now more an ‘umbrella’ term to cover all sorts of art forms within cabaret and beyond that involving some stripping (but not always), comedy and a sense of sass.” And that is what she does every time she steps onto the stage.

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Immodesty Blaize
Location: United Kingdom
Website: www.immodestyblaize.com
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Immodesty Blaize is one of the UK’s top showgirls and she became the only European burlesque performer to win the prestigious title ‘Reigning Queen of Burlesque’ in 2007 at Las Vegas’ Burlesque Hall of Fame.
Immodesty’s documentary ‘Burlesque Undressed’ was the first burlesque cinematic documentary which was screened in cinemas during 2010 in over 30 countries. Immodesty also brought burlesque into mainstream TV for many years as both a chat show guest and and also with live performances on prime time shows like Dancing With the Stars and the Paul O’Grady Show.

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Scarlett Daggers
Location:Nottingham, United Kingdom
Website: www.scarlettdaggers.com
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Since her debut in 2005 Scarlett Daggers has been in high demand both in the UK and internationally. Scarlett, who has has unique signature acts including fire performances, is known as the flame haired tattooed vixen of the UK burlesque scene. Scarlett Daggers has appeared at top venues such as the Supper Club and the Cha Cha Club in Paris, and has performed at highly regarded burlesque shows such as the London Burlesque Festival and The Wet Spot.

Scarlett Daggers is the creator, and a resident performer at, Nottingham’s biggest and best cabaret and burlesque show ‘The Gilded Merkin’. The Gilded Merkin is  held every three months at the Glee Club, Nottingham. For more information about dates and booking information, check out the Gilded Merkin website: www.gildedmerkin.co.uk

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Missy Macabre
Location: London, United Kingdom
Website: www.missymacabre.blogspot.com
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Missy Macabre is the ultimate Fakir Fatale. She has been dubbed ‘Sideshow Royalty’ by the British press and she brings elegance to the intriguing world of Circus Sideshow and Cabaret.

Missy is a wonderfully decadent performer with a spectacular collection of breathtaking costumes. One of her well known signature acts is the ‘Bath of Broken Glass’ (see videos below). Constantly pushing the creative boundaries of sideshow art, Missy Macabre combining her acts with dance, theatre, eroticism and juxtaposition. Such creativity shows her as a highly innovative and admired performer. Missy is a prolific fire performer and is certainly one of the most diligent of female fakirs performing in Europe today.

Missy’s stunts are executed with poise, confidence and skill and her acts are reminiscent of the traditional traveling circuses of yesteryear.

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Talulah Blue
Location: Leicester, United Kingdom
Website:  www.talulahblue.com
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Talulah Blue‘s style encapsulates old Hollywood glamour and cheesecake burlesque and she has a range of different dances and styles. With her classical dance training, Talulah Blue’s shows are beautifully conducted as well as fun. Her burlesque acts include her famous feather fan dancing, silk fan dancing and acts incorporating a hula hoop! Talulah is a resident performer at three venues, and host of her own events.

Talulah Blue has performed all over the UK, in Europe and Asia, and began her dancing career by throwing herself in at the deep end by competing in ‘Britains Got Talent’  for her first performance.

‘This is why I left America. You certainly have talent! I found that very charming, very sexy and very entertaining‘ – David Hasselhoff

‘It was really a lovely entertaining, charismatic piece. I loved the music’ ‘ She has a great bum’ – Amanda Holden

‘A lovely refreshing act, I loved it Talulah’ – Michael Mcintyre

‘Talulah combines her business woman mind with poise, elegance and a strict dose of discipline. A hard worker – she executes her performances well and is always a pleasure to work with both as a performer and a promoter’ – Eliza Delite, Best British Female – London Burlesque Games 2012

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Rufus T
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Website:  www.rhymeswithpurple.net
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A regular face on the UK cabaret scene, Rufus T is a performer with almost 20 years experience as an actor and singer in musical theatre, cabaret and various bands. He has perfected his skills as an entertainer working in theatres across the UK in touring productions and pantomime, on cruise ships for P&O and with several touring tribute and musical revue shows.

Rufus can be booked as a compère, a singer, for stand up sets. He is also a talented close up magician, stage hypnotist and fire performer and can be booked for stylish burlesque routines with his performance partners Mia Meow or Vendetta Vain.

Rufus also hosts (alongside comedy partner, Ben) regular cabaret events Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School staged monthly at the Tron Theatre and the experimental performance cabaret, The Not So Secret Society, held monthly at the Glasgow Art Club.

Described by the press as “The Godfather” of Scottish cabaret, Rufus is an in-demand compère and singer and has held together shows all over the world from intimate cabarets and parties to theatrical variety shows, awards ceremonies and corporate events. Rufus also hosts (alongside comedy partner, Ben) regular cabaret events Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School staged monthly at the Tron Theatre and the experimental performance cabaret, The Not So Secret Society, held monthly at the Glasgow Art Club.

An award winning producer and event manager, Rufus recently sat on the judging panel for the Time Out & Soho Theatre Cabaret Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He also ran the legendary Bongo Club Cabaret and manages the Cabaret and Comedy programme for Scotland’s largest music festival, T in the Park.

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Dusty Limits
Location: United Kingdom
Website:  www.dustylimits.com
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Dusty Limits is a cabaret singer and comedian and has been described as one of the leading figures in ‘new cabaret’. He  has a three-and-a-half octave vocal range and performs his own interpretations of a variety of songs. Dusty is also a song writer and writes songs with a macabre or satirical twist.

Dusty has performed at international cabaret shows for more than a decade, at venues including Cafe de Paris, Joe’s Pub, the Famous Spiegeltent, Don’t Tell Mama, and more.

Dusty Limits has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe every year since 2003, has been a regular performer at the Ministry of Burlesque’s shows and has appeared at the London Burlesque Festival and the Dublin Burlesque Festival.

“The remarkable Dusty Limits, beautiful to behold, with West-End worthy vocal chords” ~ The Scotsman

“Consummate wit and assured audience rapport” ~ Time Out London

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Indiana Belle
Location: London, United Kingdom
Website:  www.indianabelle.com
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Indiana Belle delights her audiences with a classic bump and grind burlesque showgirl style. Indiana began her burlesque striptease career in 1994 and has been a pioneer in the new burlesque scene in the United Kingdom.
Indiana Belle is the founder and owner of Burlesque Baby which is London’s premier burlesque academy, founded in 2006. Burlesque Baby has taught many burlesque artists who have risen to success and perform both locally and internationally. Indiana Belle also founded the www.retrotease.net website which is a hub for the international burlesque community.

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Kiki Kaboom
Location: United Kingdom
Website:  www.kikikaboom.co.uk
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Part sex kitten. Part clown. All woman.

Winner of London Cabaret Award 2012: Best Burlesque Performer. Time Out London Cover Star. Hailed by them as “Kick-ass burlesque triple-threat Kiki Kaboom – sexy, funny and smart”. Voted as one of the Top 40 Worldwide and Top 5 UK-based performers by 21st Century Burlesque.com in 2012 and 2013. Star of recently released burlesque feature film and cult smash, “Burlesque Assassins”, with Miss Exotic World Winner Roxi D’Lite. Interviewed for Cosmpolitan magazine in 2013 and one of only 7 UK stars to make the coveted “Who’s Who In Burlesque” in the international publication, Burlesque Bible. Star of her own internet TV show: The Kiki Kaboom Show. All this since winning Best Newcomer 2009 at London Burlesque Week.

Trained in theatre and performing arts at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Kiki is also a skilled vocalist, protégée of Jo King and teacher for the London Academy of Burlesque. A master of stagecraft, Kiki draws on these various disciplines to create effortlessly unique and unforgettable acts. From comic character-based neo-burlesque to classic, sexy striptease with live vocals – and always with her trademark warmth, wit and sizzling sex appeal – Kiki is one of the most versatile and popular performers on the European circuit.

She has been invited to perform in numerous international locations, including Stockholm, Bucharest, Seattle, Vancouver, Portland, Dublin, Zagreb, Paris, Berlin, Helsinki and Milan. Her private client list is vast (including exclusive performances for Maybelline New York and The Household Cavalry Regiment – Her Majesty the Queen’s private regiment); and she has made headlining appearances at the Brit Awards Official After Party, the BBC’s Fun and Filth Cabaret, the IndigO2 and at The Leicester Square Theatre in London’s West End.

What else is there to know about Kiki? She’s a professional attention seeker. An amateur time traveller. And a thief (hearts, minds, drinks). She’s a cheeky, charming charismatic chameleon of the contemporary burlesque scene. And one v-v-v-vivacious vixen.

“Simply sensational, one of the best acts I’ve ever seen” Scott Mills, Radio 1

“Kiki Kaboom is the real deal: warmly engaging, acutely witty, subversively confrontational and hubba hubba hot.”  Time Out

“If Kiki Kaboom were our history teacher, we would probably have paid more attention in class” The Londonist

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Ginger Blush
Location: UK
Website:  www.gingerblush.com
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The red-headed and voluptuous Ms. Ginger Blush entered the burlesque scene and 2009 and instantly became such a hit that she was named the London Burlesque Week Newcomer of 2010. With her killer curves, class, and sense of humour, she has earned a spot in the top of burlesque bill for performances in the Amsterdam Burlesque Festival, Bestival, Secret Garden Party and a remarkable performance at the London Burlesque Week Opening Gala 2011.

Ginger Blush constantly delights her audience with a variety of highly-entertaining acts, from Queen Elizabeth I, to a clucking chicken feather fan dance, to a handyman in a hard-hat. Noted for her well-thought of choreography and musical medley, she was selected to perform in this year’s (2012) VIP Opening Ceremonies at Madame Jojo’s of the London Burlesque Festival.

Funny and beautiful at the same time, Ms. Blush makes her numbers radiate with elegance and entertainment. Her personality shines through her acts and her writings in her blog.

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Kittie Klaw

Location: Cheshire, UK
Website:  www.kittie.me.uk

Kittie Klaw is one of the pioneering performers of modern day burlesque in the United Kingdom. What started out as a hobby at university while studying  psychology, burlesque became the foundation of Kittie’s career. As well as being a renowned burlesque performer in her own right she also offers professional theatre production and performer coaching services. Kittie is also the founder of the long standing popular burlesque website and forums Ministry of Burlesque.

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