Created to launch and build the careers of the next generation of burly-Q entertainers ….entrants for the competition must have been performing burlesque for no more than two years, and hold no other major titles (i.e. Best Debut Miss Exotic World). Founded by the Blue Belle Burlesque, The Edmonton Burlesque Festival now presents this competition every year to open the festival, giving contestants a platform on an international stage with a chance to win an educational trip to the annual BurlyCon (the world’s only conference dedicated to the art of Burlesque) in Seattle, WA! The competition is judged by the headliners and honorary guests who give feedback to these bright rising stars.
Previous Burlesque Bunny Winners
Winner: UmA Shadow (Japan)
Runner Up: Ferryman (Boise, ID)
Most Classic: Keely Kamikaze (Calgary, AB)
Most Comedic: Ruby Rounds (Portland, OR)
Best Costume: UmA Shadow (Japan)
Most Innovative: Ferryman (Portland, OR)
Legends Choice: Layna D’Luna (Austin, TX)
Winner: Yaretza (Calgary, AB)
Runner Up: Deja Louve (Vancouver BC)
Most Classic: Yaretza (Calgary, AB)
Most Comedic: Mickie Sinn (Austin, TX)
Best Costume: Dee Lushious (Surrey BC)
Legends Choice: Yaretza (Calgary, AB)
Winner: Beau Creep (Edmonton, AB)
Runner Up: Letabby Lexington (Edmonton, AB)
Most Classic: LeTabby Lexington (Edmonton, AB)
Most Comedic: Beau Creep (Edmonton, AB)
Pinup Perfection: Delilah LeDouche (Edmonton, AB)
Legends Choice: Kordella Koser (Edmonton, AB)
For more information about Burlycon
RULES AND APPLICATION INFORMATION
Applications for the annual Burlesque Bunny competition will be considered during the Edmonton Burlesque Festival selection period.
Entrants can be male or female and must be over 18 years of age. Full nudity is not permitted, contestants must wear pasties and a thong at a minimum.
Grand Final prizes include ticket, accommodation, and a cash prize towards return flight to BurlyCon.
Runner up gets a gift basket prize worth $250
All contestants receive valuable feedback from all of the headliner and honorary judges.
All applicants who submit an application form abide by all of our Terms and Conditions as set out below. For an application form go to the contact page and send a request.
Entry is $15, and once accepted as a finalist, the Edmonton Burlesque Festival will invest significantly in promoting the up and coming burlesque performer. Please only accept a place if you are genuinely interested in the competition.
Each competitor is required to sign a model release form, in addition to video and photography taken before or during the competition.
Competitors are required to promote the sale of event ticket, via use of personal mailing lists, websites, and social media (including but not limited to Facebook).
Competitors agree to make themselves available for media opportunities relating to the Burlesque Bunny competitions and understand that typically these editorials and shoots are unpaid.
SHOW SPECIFIC RULES
Classic or Neo Burlesque Routine
Golden Age 1920 – 1960 OR Modern revival.
Routine must run for a minimum of 3 mins and a maximum of 5 mins. Routine, costume, music and styling must fit within the chosen burlesque era.
Classic routines must include the four burlesque moves of this era: The Bump, The Grind, The Shimmy and The Burlesque Walk. Tassel twirling and feather fans are permitted in a classic show.
Neo Burlesque routines can incorporate skills such as hula hoops, contortion, or back up dancers. Full responsibility for the back up dancers remains the responsibility of the competitor.
Carry on props are permitted but no major props or setup. Minimal mess is permitted, on the condition that the competitor provides a drop sheet large enough to cover the area they will be performing on. This covers all acts using WATER, GLITTER, MILK, PAINT, FOOD, CONFETTI, BUBBLES ETC, in consideration of the next competitor.
All show music needs to be approved at the application stage, then labeled with your stage name and provided one month before the competition. In the instance of competitors having the same music we will discuss with the relevant parties to reach consensus.
The winner of the competition will hold the title of “Burlesque Bunny” until the following year where they are required to perform a feature show and hand the title over to the next winner. If they cannot fulfill their duties as winner, the runner up will replace them.
Judges will be looking at quality of costuming and presentation, so invest not only in the choreography but also the physical appearance of the show.
Larger props and stage set up are permitted but cannot take more than 2 minutes to set up and clean up.
Responsibilities of the Burlesque Bunny title holder.
To promote a positive community and attitude toward performers of Burlesque in Canada and abroad.
Provide ongoing support of the Burlesque Bunny and Edmonton Burlesque Festival brands.
Attend promotional activities for Burlesque Bunny as required during the year of title reign.
Return to the following years competition as a feature performer, and to judge and mentor the competitors.
First and second place will be required to do a photo shoot for promotional material.