Welcome to Burdy where the best bits of the Burlesque Sister group are archived.

Burdy aims  to support the development of burlesque, cabaret and performers and this is where all the best bits are collected, so you can listen to the collected wisdom and insanity of the “older sisters” of the group as they tell you how to get gigs, how to do your makeup, and how to stab a dude and get away with it.

Ask Me Anything!

You asked the world’s top burlesque and cabaret performers anything you wanted to, and here’s the archive of those video interviews

Chris Oh!

An international Kiwi Boylesque sensation Chris gives us some sparkling insights into choreographic storytelling in performance, flexibility, the insirations of Ballet. And all about living and performing in Europe. and much more. An international Kiwi Boylesque sensation his recent accolades include winning the Crown of Burlesque in Basel, Switzerland (2018) and ‘Most Dazzling Dancer’ at…

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Marnie Scarlet

Marnie Scarlet is the Queen of Fetish cabaret! Renowned for her surreal shows and Larger than Life looks, Marnie will confuse, shock and tantalise. Marnie Combines aspects of Cabaret with Drag and Burlesque also throwing elements of fetish and performance art into the mixA Freak of Nature she embraces the light and worships the darkness,…

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Helen Orford

A world class and award winning circus artist, Helen Orford has performed all over the world dazzling high end, celebrity studded audiences with her highly technical, mind-blowing acts. Here she explains how to market yourself, how to create a product with your end goal in sight, how to price your act, how to approach new…

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Dirty Martini

Answering your questions for over three hours!! One of the most celebrated personalities in the world of the new burlesque. She has been photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, Starred in the film On Tour -winner Best Director at Cannes 2010 – co-stars in Dita VonTeese’s touring show Strip Strip Hooray and voted number one burlesque performer…

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Champagne Sparkles

Champagne Sparkles! Effervescent Showgirl Comedienne! She’s based in Victoria, BC, Canada, and has toured throughout Canada, US, and Europe. Festival highlights have included the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, as well as Vancouver, Itty Bitty, Stockholm, Rome, Paris, Helsinki, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, and New York Burlesque Festivals. Since 2006, Champagne has been co-founder and…

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Indigo Blue

Since 2008, Miss Indigo Blue has been the co-director of Education for The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.  That same year she founded BurlyCon Burlesque Convention, and serves as the Executive Director. In 2011 Miss Indigo Blue won the highest International title for Burlesque performance, “Miss Exotic World”.  She remains dedicated to Burlesque…

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Neil “Nez” Kendall

Neil is possibly the worlds most recognised and influential Burlesque Photographer, shooting campaigns for Dita Von Teese and many other international headline artists. In this video he tells us stories of meeting, partying and photographing the legends. He tells about meeting Jennie Lee in 1990 and Dixie Evans, and the “calling” of Burlesque and explains…

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Jo Weldon

Jo Weldon is the author of The Burlesque Handbook, Headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque, Vice-President of BurlyCon, and Co-Executive Director of Education at the Burlesque Hall of Fame. She is a pioneer in neo-burlesque performance and education. She advocates for diverse interpretations of burlesque, as well as continuing examination of our perspectives…

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MisSa Blue

“Award winning – extraordinarily skilled – thrilling speciality act. MisSa Blue excites with her tantalising personality and electrifies the whole room out of their seats!” (The Australian Stage) MisSa Blue the variety star who has gained international recognition through her highly skilled sword swallowing performances. After launching her career in 2010 in London she now…

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Burlesque Legends

Striptease pioneers, Legends revered by the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Here they spread their wisdom and tell you their amazing stories from the history of burlesque and cabaret. Living legends!

Gabriella Maze

Started dancing in 1970 My first performance was in Spain loved the Burlesque way of life the people the glamor and most of all the travel . I have worked all over the Middle East and Europe. Would I change anything in my life no way I am a lucky gal ! https://vimeo.com/241108712 1 How…

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Isis Starr

Isis Starr has been performing Burlesque and Striptease for 50 years and has travelled the world on a G-String. A living burlesque legend – she has performed at the Crazy Horse and legendary Moulin Rouge in Paris. She has worked at the Windmill Theater in London and has peformed in Australia, Japan, Thailand, Spain, Morroco,…

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Camille 2000

Burlesque Legend – Camille 2000 Camille 2,000 was known as the Girl for Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, The Cosmic Queen of Burlesque. She introduced Aggressive Art to Burlesque with her Tribute to Marquis de Sade. many said at the time that is wasn’t Burlesque that it was performance art, but it was Burlesque. Camille choreographed…

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Feature Acts

Top performers tell us how one of their acts evolved over time, so now you can learn from their experience!

Misty Lotus

Misty Lotus is an award-winning international Indo-Swiss artist. She has produced shows in Berlin and in Switzerland, toured around many European countries and the US.She won Queen of Burlesque at the Bohemian Burlesque Festival in 2017 and was crowned a Queen of Fire tassels by Satan’s Angel herself.Recently, she has opened her own school… The…

Sakura Cyanide

“Dark Cloud”. Sakura Cyanide is madness personified. Inspired by their favourite music, Sakura creates lyrical neo-burlesque routines with a strong rhythmical drive with a savage character injection. Drag inspired, kinky and queer cabaret, full of circus tricks with a hard edge. Described s ‘more likely to break your neck than your heart’ the ‘qxeen of…

Doris La Trine

“Liselle’s work is filthy, dirty, shameful, all too personal and at the same time – glorious. Grotesque, powerful, political. Flushed is a detailed, delicate piece” Simon Casson, Duckie’s, 2017 Doris La Trine (Liselle) makes, performs and directs feminist, crip & queer neo-burlesque (she refers to it as LiPSiCk Neo-Burlesque). Back in 2008 she curated the…

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It’s all about YOU!

Burdy is the Archive of the Burlesque Sister Group where performers, promoters and industry insiders can get together and collectively chat about improving performance, gigs and the business. It’s a Facebook group, but don’t let that put you off! If you aren’t already a member, why not check it out.

Star Promoters

What makes a good night? What can performers do to get booked on that big event? What are the big mistakes for you to avoid>
Top Burlesque and Cabaret promoters spill the beans from behind the scenes

Bella Besame

Bella Besame tentatively stepped out on her first burlesque stage back in 1999 and since then, has gone on to perform worldwide, leading the way in producing the first burlesque and cabaret shows across the North and Yorkshire, and helped launch the careers of the some of the UK’s best performers. Bella is undoubtedly the…

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Miss Tobi James

Miss Tobi James has been in the industry for 20 years! Performing, teaching and producing shows. 1 What do you look for in an act. This is probably going to sound corny but the first thing I look for is love for performing, someone who can really draw a audience in, weather it be comedy,…

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Feature Teachers

The worlds top burlesque and cabaret teachers share their tips and techniques, find out how to improve your craft from the best in the business

Trixie Blue

Teacher Bio: Trixie Blue is an international multi-award-winning burlesque performer who runs the burlesque entertainment enterprise House of Trixie Blue. Trixie is a PGCE qualified teacher, with a Masters of Research degree specialising in burlesque. Not only this, she has extensive qualifications within performing arts and fitness and uses her theoretical and practical knowledge, along…

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BETSY BOTTOM DOLLAR

Raised by a wild pack of drag queens, Betsy learned early that bigger is better: attitude…ego…hair. Hailing from Victoria, BC, she is bound and determined to prove that we ALL have sex appeal no matter what age, shape, or size we currently happen to be! Armed with a powerhouse personality and devastating vocals, Betsy is…

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Miss Indigo Blue

“The TwirlyGirl”Reigning Queen of Burlesque, Miss Exotic World 2011Consistently ranked among the Top Burlesque Performers in the WorldDancer, Teacher, and Strip-Tease Artiste “Delicious” – Seattle Weekly“Fierce diva” – Village Voice“Obscenely comedic” – Heeb Magazine“Assured, Passionate, and Polished” – 21st Century Burlesque“One of the most Lovable and hard-working women in the genre” – Burlexe “Indigo is…

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Millie Dollar

Millie Dollar has been a staple on the burlesque scene for over a decade, dancing from Athens, to Zurich.Performing across many different oceans, she is well known for her bump and grind style, extravagant costumes, and classic vintage look teamed alongside tattoos, red lipstick, and rock & rollMillie is Liverpools supreme burlesque tutor, guiding and…

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