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 in the industry for 5 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, Andreas Serrano 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. Miss Martini is a sought after writer, speaker and teacher of 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
2 To Fly is the duo creation of New York City based performers Joshua Dean and Ben Franklin.
Together, they create burlesque performance acts utilizing both aerial and ground circus skills combined with storytelling and comedy. Alongside Mr. Gorgeous and Jason Mejias, they are the co-creators and performers of Boys’ Night: An All-Male Cirquelesque Revue currently running monthly at NY’s Slipper Room and this year were awarded the title of Best Small Group at the Burlesque Hall Of Fame. Joshua and Ben both also perform as soloists.
Elsa/Ernie Von Schmaltz is a veteran performer with 10 years of burlesque under her/his belt. With two distinctly gendered personae, both Ernie and Elsa regularly appear among Seattle’s premiere burlesque emcees and performers.
Both characters cover a wide range of presentation incorporating physical comedy, absurd whimsy, verbal tease and drop dead sexy into each appearance.
Elsa, “The Effervescent Ecdysiast Emcee Extraordinaire”, brings ample beauty, brains and boobs.
Ernie, “The Man, The Myth, The Mustache” spreads his manliness far and wide.
Elsa packs sass and sparkle into her feminized acts, ranging from the bizarre to classic.
Ernie is known for his powerfully absurd portrayal of stereotyped masculinity, truly embodying “male burlesque”.
Ernie recently performed as part of the “Movers Shakers and Innovators” show at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2014. S/he is a founding member of The Von Foxies, best burlesque troupe 2007 at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Pageant and Reunion.
Both Elsa and Ernie instruct at Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque and are in love with helping new performers realize their burlesque dreams.
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 biggest 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.
After moving to Texas 9 years ago, she pioneered the rebirth of the neo-burlesque scene in Houston. 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. Her style is extremely vast, including Vaudeville, comedy, eroticism, and visual arts and incorporates elements of tap, jazz, bump & grind, and other dance styles.
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! Her 2017 accomplishments include, but are not limited to performing in Jeezy’s Juke Joint in Chicago and The Show Me Burlesque Festival in St. Louis. Jo’Rie is also internationally known, performing at the 2016 Edmonton Burlesque Festival and winning the Burlesque Bunny title. She is a member of Garden of Delights Artist Collective. She is a graduate, recently staffed teacher and choreographer of Boom Boom Basics Burlesque and Performing Arts Studio (Richmond, VA) and a 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.
Ariel Helvetica has been stamping her unique font all over the Vancouver Burlesque scene since her October 2011 solo debut. A born and raised dancer, Ariel spent 5 years abroad, wowing audiences in France as a professional Can-Can/Showgirl, and then criss-crossing the globe and criss-crossing her long legs as a professional high-kicker on cruise ships, visiting 45 countries along the way. Growing up and training to be a “serious” dancer, Ms. Helvetica’s natural talent and drive took her far into the realm of traditional dance and ballet. But her love of performing, musicals, show tunes and, above all else, dancing to the beat of her own drum, hinted she would eventually leave those constricting toe shoes behind for bigger – and higher – kicks. Sure enough, Ariel’s raw sense of creativity and passion soon pulled her towards the hot red lights of burlesque, where she finally gave in to temptation, biting the apple of this delightful art form. Ariel is a proud member of Pandora & the Locksmiths- a dynamic collective of professional singers, dancers, striptease artists and musicians. You can also find this kinky kicker working her magic across local stages in her city at the Orchid Club, Go Go Bungalow at the Shameful Tiki Room, Nightmare Before Nutcracker and many, many more! Ariel has performed at the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival, Southwest Burlesque Showcase in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Edmonton Burlesque Festival, the International Stockholm Burlesque Festival and world renowned New Orleans Burlesque Festival where she competed for the coveted title of Queen of Burlesque in 2015. In 2016 Ariel also headed south to sin city to compete for Miss Viva Las Vegas and to Detroit to perform at the Worlds Greatest Masquerade on Earth- Theatre Bizarre. Ms. Helvetica is a teacher at the Vancouver Burlesque Centre and has also brought her Can Can expertise to BurlyCon Burlesque Arts Convention in Seattle, Washington.
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