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About Alice Rainka

Teacher - Burlesque Dance Routine

Alice owns Alice's Fitness and Dance in Sturbridge, MA.  She has been teaching Zumba and Dance Fitness classes since 2012 and has been dancing regularly in shows and competitions since 2014.  Her specialties are pole dance, aerial silks, and burlesque, all of which she teaches at her studio!  Alice led and choreographed a burlesque troupe in regular shows for a short time at Mohegan Sun, and put on her first full burlesque and aerial show for Christmas 2019.  Her 2020 show was, unfortunately, postponed due to the pandemic, but she is excited to get it up and going again!



About Anabel G

Teacher - Performance Workshop

Anabel began performing professionally in 1960, and since then has acted and sung in night clubs, theatres, festivals and museums. Anabel is currently one half of The Proper Ladies, and their alter egos, The Bawdy Ladies. She, along with two friends, created the original Bawdy Ladies' Book cassette in the 1980's.

She is an accomplished actress, with many theatrical and TV credits. Anabel co-starred as Mrs. Merriman in the award winning HBO mini series, Olive Kitteridge, played Ruth in Island Zero, and will soon be seen in movie theatres as Phyliss in Free Guy.  In 2022 shw will be seen on Netflix in Mothership, a sci-fi film starring Halle Berry.

She has devoted much of her life to the study of voice and was a Fulbright scholar in the 80's, studying vocal techniques in Bulgaria.



About Angie Richer

Teacher - EVA Foam Prop Creation

I have almost a decade of experience being on stage involved in musical theater. I am a triple threat who loves to be in the spotlight! I also have six years of cosplay experience, inuding costume and prop construction.



About Ava Fox

Teacher - Circle Skirts Made Easy!
Teacher - Pattern Making - Triangle Bra
Teacher - Pattern Making - Underwear that Fits

Ava Fox is a Boston-based performer. 



About Betty Blaize

Teacher - The Strategy behind the Sizzle

Betty Blaize, 6' of Fun... is a veteran of the Boston Burlesque scene. She's a founding member of the Boston Babydolls with a background in belly dance, Indian classical dance and martial arts, and... computer science. She's also the web mistress for this site and an ardent artisan, making a substantial number of costumes for herself and the Boston Babydolls.

About Catty Wompass

Teacher - Story-Based Burlesque: Choreographing Your Persona

Just 44 and a half feet shorter than The 50-Foot Woman and as sexually attracted to frogs as Miss Piggy, this Iowa City-based beauty is the silliest name in sapphic burlesque. She's the co-producer of Bawdy Bawdy Ha Ha burlesque — she’ll steal your socks and knock your heart off — she's just a little askew — she's Catty Wompass!



About Della-Kate Flower

Teacher - Curves R Us: Underthing Creation for the Plus Size Dancer

Della-Kate Flower is the creepy love child of the Hoggetowne Burlesque & Drag Alliance. With four years of performing and three years of producing under her shimmy belt, The Giant of Jiggle has spread the belly love all over the southeastern U.S.!  She is your Florida Burlypicks 2019 Master of Lip Sync and Improv, and producer of Purple Nightshade Productions!



About Guilted Lilly

Teacher - Get On Your Knees and Blow

Guilted Lilly has been described as "a classically trained Siren who can switch from musical theater to jazz standards at the drop of a hat." With the face of an angel, the mouth of a sailor (convenient, given her Siren-like voice), and curves that would make even the Goddess of Love herself swoon, this multi-faceted flower of the evening is sure to surprise you. Along with her onstage appeal, she is an expert Stage Kitten who has worked with new performers and legends alike, and is always trying to raise the bar by showing that Stage Kittens should be (and are) a great deal more than just sexy outfits and picking up clothes. Lilly is the co-founder and artistic director of Shakesperotica, a whimsical combination of two of her favorite art forms: Shakespeare and burlesque! When she's not onstage, she enjoys helping the tech experts hang lights, build sets, run cables (she loves a good crawl under a stage), and is always available to help with a quick costume fix. She speaks French, volunteers at a parrot sanctuary, buys glitter ten pounds at a time, and loves to frolic. Lilly has a miniature poodle named Loki and two greenwing macaws named Isaac and Hayes. She makes floral headpieces out of naturally shed parrot feathers, and could talk about parrots for days. She also happens to strongly dislike talking about herself in the third person. Lilly spells her name with three Ls.



About Iridessa Blossoms

Teacher - Cardio Dance Tease
Teacher - Belly Dance Workshop
Teacher - AcroYoga
Teacher - Hot n' Sexy Hip Hop

Iridessa Blossoms is an Internationally known Performance Artist and is making her way around the world one show at a time. She has been stimulating audiences with her unique expression and artistic concepts in variety shows for close to a decade. She is known for her pop n' lock isolations and hybrid style of belly dance. She is multi- talented and her signature style is broad, diverse and ever-changing. While struggling to find her place in belly dance, she found her community while attending the annual burlesque conventions, The Great Burlesque Exposition and Burlycon. She is the founder and former producer of Poppin' Cherries and Eclectic~ Ka and owner of Creative Motion Dance! With her distinguished hips that tease and signature moves that please, she dances effortlessly in an unreal fashion. Sultry and sassy...transforming your senses to a place that is ethereal. Bridging the gap between worlds and transcending time and space, she is a magical goddess in motion! When she is not lighting up the stage you can find her frolicking with fairies.



About Lulu La Femme

Teacher - CARESS Burlesque

A mixture of magic and sass, Lulu La Femme first shimmied onto the burlesque stage in 2018. A Core Member with Salt City Burlesque based in Syracuse, NY, Lulu brings her dance training and unique act concepts to both stages and screens, performing with her home troupe monthly, in festivals in New York and Vermont in 2019, and in 2020, she joined the casts of Flame Night Fever, Build-Your-Own-Burlesque, and Creatrix Presents for virtual presentations. Also in 2020, the self-proclaimed “word nerd” combined her love of writing with her passion for costuming in a web series called, “Poetry in Pasties.” In 2021, Lulu taught her new workshop, CARESS Burlesque, hosted by Belly, Set, Go!, and launched an online burlesque and glamour-themed subscription box business, Burly Box - “Delivering Burlesque to Your Doorstep.”

Aiming for surprise and delight with every performance, Lulu is proof positive that big dreams may come in small packages.
 
Follow Lulu at:
On Instagram : @lulu_lafemme
Twitter: @lululafemme
And on www.velvetrevue.com (hosts of “Poetry in Pasties” web series)
 
Photo credit: Sweet Heart Pin Up


About Miss Mina Murray

Teacher - Get Tight: A Guide to Corsetry
Teacher - Subtle Sparkle: Edge-Beading Technique
Teacher - Caring for Your Costume

After the job market for glamourous archaeologists dried up, Miss Mina Murray abandoned her Ivory Tower and turn to the art of the striptease. She is a co-founder of The Boston Beautease (formerly The Boston Babydolls) and Headmistress of the Boston Academy of Burlesque Education (B.A.B.E.). Known as "The Educated Ecdysiast" and "The Martha Stewart of Burlesque", she recently published "Miss Mina Murray's Little Book of Better Burlesque".

About Mr. Scratch

Teacher - BDSM* 101 (Burlesque Dancer Social Media)

Scratch is the founding chair of The Great Burlesque Exposition and the director and producer of The Boston BeauTease (formerly The Boston Babydolls).

About Red Velvet

Teacher - Basic Stretching and Strengthening
Teacher - Cancan
Teacher - Basic Pasties... and Beyond!
Panelist - Panel: The Body of Work: Longevity in Burlesque
Teacher - Basic Fan Dancing

Red Velvet, a life-long dancer, has performed in musical theater and burlesque throughout the U.S. and internationally.   Red Velvet is proficient in various dance forms and teaches classes in burlesque, cancan, and Isadora Duncan dance.    Red Velvet is co-artistic director of a monthly show, DIVA or Die Burlesque, and is artistic director of the cancan troupe, The Velvettes.  She has performed with the award-winning Hot Pink Feathers and award-winning Flaunt Follies, Bombshell Betty’s Burlesqueteers, Alegria Samba Dance Company, and was artistic director for the dance group Pretty, Pretty Please.   Her burlesque performances have won Judge’s Choice at the 2019 Arizona Burlesque Festival, Most Classic at the 2016 Great Burlesque Exposition and Most Humorous at the 2014 Great Burlesque Exposition.  She co-created five full-length burlesque/cabaret/theater productions: Rebel without a Bra, At the White Rabbit Burlesque, Hotel Burlesque, Just Another Zombie Holiday Show, and Dollhouse Monsters.  She loves bringing her crazy ideas on stage for your enjoyment.  Come and Try a Slice of Red Velvet!



About Scarlett Letter

Teacher - Preparing to Survive Producing
Teacher - The Art of Fabric Manipulation
Teacher - Keeping your Ecdysiast Books
Moderator - Panel: The Body of Work: Longevity in Burlesque

Scarlett Letter has been dazzling the world since 2004 and stunning them even longer. A long time fixture of the Los Angeles Burlesque scene, Scarlett has graced stages across North America and Europe and has won several awards along the way. Also a costumer and producer, Scarlett is known for a dark cold beauty reminiscent of Hollywood Noir and the classic Hitchock heroine. 

 

"With 4 feet of red hair and miles of bad intentions"



About Scratch

Teacher - Who's Who in Classic Burlesque
Panelist - Panel: The Body of Work: Longevity in Burlesque

The Founding Chair of The Great Burlesque Exposition and the co-founder of The Boston BeauTease, Scratch is a well-known and well-respected M.C., producer, and teacher.

About Sheila Starr Siani

Teacher - Hula Hips Cardio Workout
Teacher - Sex and Elegance

This sensual​ supernova burned up the stage in 2013 at the inaugural Hollywood Burlesque Festival, taking the title as the first Miss Hollywood Burlesque. Her love affair with dance began as a child with the usual ballet, tap, and jazz. Her ​intrigue with​ fertility ​and courtship ​ dances and interest in the seductive arts led her onto the strip club stage. ​​ Siani ​has blended all of these styles and is an erotic and elegant striptease artist, who drips puddles of sex on the stage.​



About Willy Barrett

Teacher - Seducing with the Power of the Nine
Teacher - Owning the Audience's Gaze

The world’s foremost teacher of, and pioneer in, reconstructing the Delsarte System of Expression, used by the early theater choreographers to create the Broadway styles (including the Ziegfeld Follies). Joe's teaching has taken him around the world and he is proud to have taught Delsarte at the National Centre of Dance in Paris, at the Juilliard School, and also at numerous Middle Eastern dance festivals across the US. A great lover of burlesque for many years, he created and regularly performed a stripping gorilla burlesque for several years in Ohio in the late 1980's. Now he looks forward to teaching at the Great Burlesque Expo every year that he can and lends his support to the revival of this beloved, charming art.