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Chicago Burlesque Headliners

chicago burlesque BILLIE ARIZONA / Guest Headliner
Billie Arizona, named after a family secret, popped into the burlesque scene in 2014 and absolutely loves guest performing with Vaudezilla! She is a theatre graduate from Western Michigan University and is actively pursing many different performance forms and loves bringing these elements into her Burlesque style. She aims to produce integrated pieces that are interesting, entertaining, and have a feminist punch! She has enjoyed many performances with Vaudezilla including headlining performances and performing at the 2015 Dirty Show.
chicago burlesque shows DAHLIA FATALE / Guest Headliner
Dahlia Fatale is a contortionist, burlesque dancer and teacher currently residing in Chicago. She strives to evoke strong, personal, and interesting characters with her work which intrigue audiences from the inside, out. It has been said that she'll bend your mind with her body! For performance dates or to contact Dahlia, please visit WEBSITE
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chicago burlesque shows LADY JACK / Guest Headliner
Lady Jack (Lindsey Marks) is multi-faceted performer who has appeared internationally as a dancer, performance artist and burlesque entertainer. She has performed as a solo performer for TEDx Midwest, the MCA, The Field Museum, the Milan Burlesque Award, the New Orleans and New York Burlesque Festivals, Windy City Burlesque Festival, The Beggar's Carnivale, Naughty Little Cabaret and Untitled Chicago. As a theatre performer she has collaborated with The Chicago Symphony, The Neo-Futurists, Silent Theatre Company, and 5th House Chamber Music Ensemble. She has choreographed for multiple special events, including "Evermore" featuring James Taylor, "Tomorrow" featuring Fleetwood Mac, and for the runway at America's Beauty Show. She is also a member of Yokai Films.
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chicago burlesque shows LILLY RASCAL / Guest Headliner
This Chicago heartbreaker is the original Rascal Without a Cause! She teaches and tours, bringing her energetic rock and roll burlesque to the stage and the studio. "She ensnared her audience with her forceful dancing" - Cloud Orchid Magazine. Lovable and cheeky, but ever so sneaky, it's Lilly Rascal!
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chicago burlesque shows ZARA ESTELLE / Guest Headliner
"The True Blue Blue Baby of Burlesque." Her booty and body wiLL hypnotize her audience, her high kicks and spins will keep them wanting more. She will sing you the blues and make your heart flutter. From choreography and costuming for the lavish eye; to twerking, footwork, and chair dance for the fun of it. Milwaukee made her, Chicago raised her, and Vaudezilla pays her.
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Chicago Burlesque Guest Performers

chicago burlesque FLORENCE OF ALABIA / Guest Performer
The Comic Stripper! By day, she's draws pornographic comics for a living. (It's a real job!) By night, she's shaking that booty in the costumes she makes herself. She has performed in every corner of the country after becoming a burlesque dancer by accident.
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chicago burlesque shows BRITTNY CONGLETON / Guest Performer
Brittny Congleton has her own special recipe of original musical comedy, a whole handbag full of characters - including her favorite aging diva Aunt Nance - as well as background in improv, sketch, and physical comedy! Bringing a bold and bubbly energy to the stage, she'll pump you up, sing you a song, write you a bit, all while wearing a wig or two! Brittny's here, she's fierce and she's always ready to put something silly in the world!
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chicago burlesque PEACHES N. CREAM / Guest Performer
Peaches N. Cream is a sweet and tangy burlesque dancer, singer, and comedienne. She'll surprise and delight you with her acts, which include silly parodies of beloved characters, original songs, balloons, roller skates, fake blood, and sometimes even puppy dogs. She has recently completed The Second City HouseCo program and performed in the "Chicago Women's Funny Fest" at Stage 773. You can catch her performing musical improv around the city, but most of all, she loves guest performing with Vaudezilla.
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chicago burlesque shows GAEA LADY / Guest Performer
Gaea Lady has been moving in mysterious ways since she was 3 years old and hasn't ever given it up. An enchantress by nature, she sees her body as her instrument to express herself. Studying classical forms to start her career, her attention soon went the way of the ethereal including fire, hoops, and hypnotizing fabrics. Dabbling amid any form she can get her toes on, her style borrows from the graceful and energetic mix of all she's studied in the past. Winner of "Best Debut" & "Most Classic" at the Burlesque Hall of Fame 2016. She travels all over the US performing & teaching.
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chicago burlesque shows SAMANTHA LEE / Guest Performer
Samantha Lee is a musician and filmmaker. You can hear her music and the work of her musicial duo Whatever Spectrum here.
chicago burlesque shows MOXIE / Guest Performer
Moxie - The Scariest Bellydancer in Chicago - is a bellydancer, novelist, yoga teacher, hyperbolist, animal lover, sparkle enthusiast, and mischief-maker. She is classically trained (starting in 1998!), but prefers the uncanny movement style of Tribal Fusion, and generally performs narrative or moody pieces. She has been on the Windy City Burlesque Festival production team for 3 years, and has produced the annual Helping Hips fundraiser for 9. She loves the comedy, commentary, diversity, and empowerment that burlesque provides us all.
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chicago burlesque shows PHAEDRA / Bellydance Variety Act
Phaedra has had the pleasure of studying with some of the foremost masters of Oriental Dance. She is proud to have been able to call Vaudezilla her teaching home for the past 3.5 years. ROARRR!
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chicago burlesque shows PO'CHOP / Guest Performer
Hell-bent on creating a repertoire that sparked conversations regarding notions of gender, sexual prowess, and race, Po'Chop made her debut as a performance artist in 2010. With over a decade of dance training including studying at Columbia College Chicago, Po'Chop uses elements of dance, storytelling, and striptease to create performances that are described by Chicago critics as "...the most provocative symbol of might onstage...It was as if Po'Chop had captured lightning in a bottle and the bottle was herself." Since Po's debut she has sizzled across many US stages including New Orleans, New York and St. Louis. Though any opportunity to perform is met with an indescribable ferocity, Po' relishes and considers being a Jeezy Juke Joint regular cast member and creating and performing Black As Eye Wanna Be in the 2014 Chicago Fringe Festival career highlights.
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chicago burlesque shows RED RUM / Guest Performer
Hailed as the 'Queen of Halloween' and the 'Lon Chaney of Burlesque' Red Rum is a multidisciplinary artist whose formal background is in painting and video art. Burlesque brought together the perfect combination of her love for makeup, prop building and horror film with the catharsis of a live audience. Drawing from a variety of influences she brings to the stage a unique combination of burlesque and performance art, choosing narratives that combine elements of sex, death and humor - the great social levelers. Known for her unusual costumes and skilled improvisation she strives to give audiences something they have never seen before and may never see again.
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chicago burlesque MAUREEN SAN DIEGO / Guest Performer
Un-apologetically frank and delightfully ostentatious, Maureen SanDiego has been Chicago's premiere cracker jack cabaret enter-taint-er for decades! Maureen enjoys her guest spots at Vaudezilla as much as she enjoys Franzia. Which is frequently and with great pleasure. There's no doubting Ms. Sandiego will make you Sunset Blush!
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chicago burlesque shows MEGHAN SANE / Guest Performer
Meghan Sane is an aerial acrobat and instructor who inspires fitness through the fun and challenging contemporary circus arts. Always experimenting in the air, her live performances are seductive and unusual.
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chicago burlesque MISS VIDA AMBROSE
One of Vaudezilla Studios most skilled students, Miss Vida Ambrose uses every trick of the trade to delight you, from feather fans, bump and grind, or chair dancing and floorwork. Be prepared to drink in her glamour and confidence as Miss Vida Ambrose pours onto the floor as a soloist or with a bevvy of beautiful burlesque beauties in tow.
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chicago burlesque FAE BEGUILE
Many know fairies to be magical, whimsical, and full of sparkles. They're also mischievous, vindictive, and seductive. Fae Beguile is all of the above and more. She has abandoned all of her morals. She is reckless and vicious in her seduction. However, her loving looks and incredible charm will lure you in and you won't want to escape from her touch.
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chicago burlesque HEART CRIMSON
Since their 2013 debut, Heart Crimson has been bringing equal parts strange and sultry to a myriad of shows in New York and Chicago. They are the founder and producer of The Co-Conspirators, a rough-and-tumble troupe in New York focused on intersectionality and neo-burlesque. Along with studying at Vaudezilla, Heart is thrilled to tear up new stages with their unique brand of emotional and visceral performance and story. Past and present adventures include the creation and curation of BURLEXES: an Ode to the Post-Relationship, and Associate Producing The Nerdlesque Festival. Keep up with your ex's least favorite burlesque dancer at WEBSITE
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What happens when you shimmy shake 2 parts bubbly energy with equal parts sass and spunk? You get Ginny Julep! Ginny studied burlesque at Vaudezilla studios and is ready to take on the burlesque world with her big booty and bright smile. Take a long drink of Ginny - She'll leave you tipsy with delight!
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A Milwaukee transplant, this bodacious babe traded her Hot Rods for headdresses and found a community, and the beginning of a dance career with Vaudezilla. Plucky and playful, Poppy will charm you straight to the bones with her exuberant cuteness. She's perplexingly peculiar and is sure to show off her heart-pleasing sweetness along with her keen costuming skills.
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Simona Signoret is ready to tantalize your heart and your mind! She is a Jane of All Trades as a neo-burlesque dancer, a maker, photographer, model, fire-spinner, and business owner. Simona is currently co-producing the Smudged Lipstick Revue, a show aimed to give up-and-coming burlesque dancers and variety performers the stage. She can be seen in the Beast Women Fall 2016 series, Dead Man's Carnival, and in multiple shows with Vaudezilla! Studios' JV ensemble. Beautiful and bewitching, you'll be wanting more Simona Signoret!
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Evoking a heavy dose of old Hollywood glamour, Ruby Spencer is one tall drink of water. When she's not on the burlesque stage, you can find her training with her favorite Vaudezillians or swinging out with fellow Lindy Hoppers. Ruby is a Chicago pinup model and makes appearances across the country at vintage events.
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After seeing a surprise burlesque show in a speakeasy, Tilda's shimmy-n-shake spark set off like a sizzling lightning strike. She promptly pounced into performing burlesque pasties-first, since proving powerful things come in petite packages. Tilda might be tiny, but she will tantalize, tickle, tease, and -- above all -- titillate 'til you are totally transfixed.
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Volupta Vavoom is a Chicago burlesque performer who proudly hails from Vaudezilla Studios! Known as the Roman Goddess of Burlesque, she rules over all things pleasurable and delightful. When she comes out to play, she brings her fellow deities - goddesses of nighttime festivities and parties - and is flocked by the graces of luxury, splendor, abundance, and mirth.
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Kitten Von Purr is the sexiest cat lady on the block. She began dabbling in burlesque a few years ago, and loves combining years of experience in ballet and other dance styles with her values of feminism and sex-positivity to create a performance that will make you purr with delight.
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