Burlesque Performers

Location: USA
Website: www.missdirtymartini.com
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Burlesque made a comeback and the new stars are creating new classic performances. One of the best performers in the world of burlesque entertainment goes by the stage name Dirty Martini and she is lighting up the stage in venues all over the world.

From New Jersey, Miss Dirty Martini was born into a performing family. A SUNY graduate, she studied Dance Performance and began work with a variety of theater and dance groups. However, once she discovered burlesque, she was hooked. Endowed with a voluptuous figure, she wanted to celebrate it and created a fan dancing act.

Dirty Martini’s talent was quickly recognized within the industry. In 2001, she won the Sally Rand Award for her fan dance. A hard-working performer, she worked with comedian and drag king Murray Hill as well as Taylor Mac and Penny Arcade. She celebrated with stunning performances in Margaret Cho’s “The Sensuous Woman” in 2007.

Dirty Martini has been proclaimed The Reigning Queen of Burlesque and has performed in New York, Las Vegas, and London. Now a headliner, she has graced the stage at international festivals such as the Tease-o-Rama. For three years in a row, she won the title “Best Body in Burlesque.

In 2013, Dirty Martini’s burlesque dancing is on tour with the Dita Von Teese’s Burlesque: Strip Strip Horray! revue. With pinups available and plenty of performances recorded on film, every fan of burlesque can get the opportunity to see this established star in action.

When it comes to modern burlesque, Dirty Martini leads the pack. She is creative and voluptuous with a huge personality! No wonder she with the burlesque performer that burlesque dancers love to watch.

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Dita von Teese burlesque performer
Location: USA
Website: www.dita.net
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When it comes to any sort of a classic beauty, one would quickly think of a retro styled pin up model. Dita Von Teese is well known for her unique style and her love for 1940s cinema as well as the starlet, retro style. This love for classic beauty was adopted at a very young age and nurtured by her mother who is known for buying her daughter all sorts of incredible clothing for her little girl to dress up in. This golden age Hollywood film era is where Dita draws her inspiration from and uses it throughout her modeling and shows today.

Not only does Dita Von Teese have an affinity for classic, retro style but she is also known to have a love for the art of dance. At a young age, she was trained in classical ballet and even had solo performances as early as age 13. This dance training can be seen today when she performs her numerous burlesque shows, which happen to sell out at each venue that she is booked. This love for dance as well as classic performance is what makes Dita such a unique beauty and incredible performer to behold.

Throughout the years, Dita Von Teese grew quite a fondness for the world of dressing up and lingerie, which led to her immense passion for frilly undergarments. From fashionable stockings to lace trimmed corsets and accessories, Von Teese is well known for being the poster girl for all that is glamorous about the retro pin up style. Not only does she star in the photo shoots, but she will often design all of the costumes and fully design the shoots herself. If you ever have a chance to see Dita Von Teese perform, you are going to be very glad that you did.

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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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Beatrix Von Bourbon
Location: United Kingdom
Website: www.vonbourbon.com
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Beatrix Von Bourbon may have achieved mainstream popularity as a semifinalist on season six of Britain’s Got Talent, but the tattooed vixen was known as a top act on the burlesque scene for years before her television debut. Voted one of 21st Century Burlesque Top 50 Act three years in a row (2010, 2011, 2012) she is a weekly regular at Cafe De Paris and Crazy Bear in London. Early in her career Beatrix Von Bourbon spent several months performing Variety Theater and modeling in Stuttgart Germany. She now teaches the art of burlesque and is a resident judge at the annual Berlin Burlesque Contest.

It does not matter which character from one of her signature acts she is playing, be it the bungling bellhop from Hey Bellboy or the slightly demented tooth collector in the Tooth Fairy the raven haired beauty proves she can deliver a sexy comedy. But don’t put Beatrix Von Bourbon in a box, her burlesque work is groundbreaking and original taking burlesque beyond comic bump and grind. In her two of her signature acts, Winter and Love Will Tear Us Apart she delivers emotionally charged performances full of romantic and dreamy emotions rarely seen in the work of other artists.

Beatrix Von Bourbon said “I believe burlesque striptease is not about being a ‘classy stripper’, displaying generic notions of sex in a tasteful style. It’s got much more depth than that.” She definitely brings that depth to burlesque.

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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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Inga Ingenue
Location: United States
Website: www.ingaingenue.com
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Inga Ingénue, “The Little Blonde Bomb”, was born and raised in Seattle, WA where she began taking dance lessons at the age of three. For the next 16 years she studied French ballet, traditional and rhythmic tap dance, jazz and modern dance from instructor Susan Wright. In 1999 Inga attended Oberlin College where she studied modern dance and performed with the Oberlin Dance Company and VIBE Jazz/Tap Company.
Since joining the Seattle burlesque community in 2005 Inga has become an international burlesque star. In 2008 she was honored to compete for the title of Reigning Queen of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Competition. She is a permanent cast member of Lily Verlaine & Jasper McCann’s touring show “Land of The Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker” and plays the lead role of Alice in their annual production of “Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland”. Inga is also featured in the wildy successful “House of Thee UnHoly”, produced by The Swedish Housewife, and was the opening performer for the Seattle leg of Immodesty Blaize’s “Burlesque Undressed” tour
Source: www.ingaingenue.com

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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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Raoulala
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Website:  www.dumasdance.nl
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Raoulala is Holland’s premier boylesque performer. A professionally trained dancer, Raoulala has accomplished an impressive career in professional dance including ballet. The first time I saw Raoulala performing was at one of Madame Risquée‘s shows performing his Frog Prince act with performer Deena Ray. Men in ballet tights have a rather eye-opening affect on the ladies at the best of times and Raoulala was certainly no exception. Little was left to the imagination as he gracefully and gently frog-leaped across the stage in those froggy green tights!
Raoulala has appeared on Dutch television numerous times including on the popular series ‘Spuiten en Slikken’ which features discussions about sex, drink and drugs. How Dutch! Raoulala was interviewed by the show and has also appeared as a boylesque performer on the show in just his boxer shorts and a hat.
Roaulala’s style of performance is mostly the enjoyable tongue in cheek comedy striptease that is typically burlesque. Some of his acts are more professionally choreographed, mini theatrical performances such as ‘Thrill Bill’ where he appears alongside Deena Ray in a Chinese take on the movie Kill Bill.

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Deena Ray
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Website:  www.deeandjay.nl
Deena Ray is a well known burlesque performer in The Netherlands, and the city of Rotterdam’s very first burlesque artist. Deena has performed both nationally and internationally, on stages from Paris and Berlin to Kaliningrad. Deena’s burlesque acts are appreciated for their originality and diversity and her style is typically humorous burlesque.  Once dubbed the female Charlie Chaplin, she has tribute acts of the golden era silent movie actor. Deena’s energetic performances are undoubtedly entertaining and especially enjoyable when appearing alongside fellow artist Raoulala.
Within The Netherlands, Deena has appeared at shows ‘Royal Dutchess Burlesque’, ‘Burlesque Freakout’, ‘Chocolate Burlesque’,  ‘Rotterdam Loves Burlesque’ and ‘Burlesque Ballroom’. Deena Ray also regularly teaches burlesque within The Netherlands and Belgium.

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