Kansas City

Burlesque Festival

April 26th, 27th, 28th, 2012!

Uptown Theater Complex

3700 Broadway, Kansas City, MO



Burlesque Ball

Uptown Theater Complex

The Conspiracy Room


Two Shows!

Spectacularly Burlesque


Late Night Stage Strut

Uptown Theater Complex

The Conspiracy Room


Performance Competition and


Uptown Theater Complex

The Theater Room

Performers are currently being notified of acceptance into the

2012 Kansas City Burlesque Festival. Check back often for updates!

International Burlesque Queen

PERLE NOIRE started performing in Los Angeles at the tender age of 5 when she landed a Mc Donald's commercial and a guest role on The Cosby Show. At the age of 18, Perle moved to Las Vegas with $100 and a backpack to become a full time dancer and singer. She immediately started performing as a back up dancer and singer at The Excalibur Hotel with the lounge singer JOI.

In 2002, Perle Noire moved to New Orleans where she began landing more acting roles including Backstage at Da Fonky Burlesk, Woman's Work, and The Vagina Monologues. After she performed in the musical Backstage at Da Fonky Burlesk,(a play about a former Burlesque Queen turned T.V mogul) Perle decided to pursue her life long dream of paying tribute to her idol Josephine Baker.

In 2005, Perle joined the New Orleans show Bustout Burlesque where she received her name Perle Noire the Black Pearl and worked with acclaimed choreographer Dollie Rivas to create her award winning Josephine Baker Tribute. With Bustout Burlesque, she performed regularly at House of Blues, Tipinita’s French Quarter, the Royal Sonesta, and Le Chat Noir.

In 2008, she went on to win Best Debut at the Miss Exotic World pageant in Las Vegas. She travels the world performing in burlesque shows, most recently in London for the annual The Tease Show. In 2009, Perle Noire won the second runner-up title of Miss Exotic World. A few months later, she won the Queen of Burlesque title held at the first annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival at Harrah’s New Orleans. She has been featured in the L.A Times, the New Orleans Times Picayune, Pin Curl Magazine, Bizarre Magazine, and on television in MTV's My Super Sweet Sixteen and the Travel Channel’s Extreme Competitions.

She is fully committed, dances like she knows what she's doing, and looks like she's having a great time. She was clearly born to be onstage. When Perle Noire is up there, something is always happening.

"I love the Stage.... It's the only thing that never let me down"

LOLA VAN ELLA is an international burlesque singer, dancer, instructor, emcee, and the CEO of VanElla Productions.  She is an often cheeky, but always sexy performer who is showcased all over St. Louis and beyond. In St. Louis, she perorms frequently and produces many shows, including Missouri's first ever national burlesque and vaudeville festival, The Show-Me Burlesque Festival and subsequent Show-Me Burlesque Tour, The Bon-Bons Burlesque Revue, featuring her student troupe, The Bon-Bons, as well as the extremely popular St. Louis Burlesque Showcase.  In 2008 Alive Magazine named her one St. Louis' most influential people.  Lola also won the 2nd and 1st runner up title, in the 2009 and 2010 respectively, in the Queen of Burlesque Competition at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival and was voted number 9 in 20th Century Pin-up's Top 50 Burlesque Performers worldwide 2 years in a row.


As a performer, Lola has performed twice at Miss Exotic World and the Best of Midwest Burlesk, at The Vancouver, Chicago and London Burlesque

Festivals and in engagements and shows all over the world, from Miami, New York, Dallas, San Francisco and Seattle to Berlin, Amsterdam, Nuremburg and for the past 2 years in Jamaica at Dance Wicked for A Week!  

Lola is also the owner of VanElla Studios, St. Louis' first and only boutique style burlesque, vaudeville and variety school, and has taught workshops at various Universities, schools and events all over the world, and often travels to bring the art of burlesque and striptease to different communities. 


With a sultry voice, devastating shimmy, and flirtatious smile; this adventurous ecdysiast has garnered a lot of attention and the tagline "The Derriere Beyond Compare". 

Drawing on over a decade of performance background, RED HOT ANNIE turned her attentions to burlesque in early 2008. Over 350 performances later, her special blend of candid comedy, shameless sexuality, and character-driven storytelling has made her one of the most recognizable and visible faces in Chicago. Whether she's painting, sweeping a set of luxury feather fan through the air, or gleefully twirling a pair of tasseled pasties, Red Hot Annie's sure to make the wieners boil!

In July 2008, Red Hot Annie paired up with Dick Dijon to form Vaudezilla, a production company that has become a major force in Chicago by redefining the burlesque bar show and setting a new standard for burlesque variety shows. Always looking to branch out, Red Hot Annie began teaching burlesque in 2009 and currently teaches basic, intermediate, and semi-private classes at Vaudezilla Studios. She also serves as one of the Executive Producers of the Windy City Burlesque Fest since its inception in 2010.

Red Hot Annie’s impact in Chicago is undeniable, as evidenced by her numerous interviews (TimeOut Chicago, The Chicago Reader) and her appearances on Check Please, WGN radio, WCIU television, and – along with Vaudezilla - as the subjects of a recently completed documentary film, entitled "What a Tease!" She has also begun to make waves on the international burlesque scene, having been voted #34 in the Burlesque Top 50 for 2010. Red Hot Annie has also had the honor to perform and headline in numerous festivals around the country.


Lola van Ella is an international burlesque and performance artist who sings, dances, emcees, instructs and produces events in St. Louis and beyond. She is also the owner of VanElla Studios and CEO of VanElla Productions. www.vanellaproductions.com. She has performed in many festivals, cities, and with and for many fabulous people. She lives for art, love and sparkle in all aspects. Life is a grand time.

Sammich the Tramp -"punk rock hobo"
Live action silent film and neo- vaudeville.

LOLA SPITFIRE has over 20 years of performing arts training and experience. In 2003 she found herself high heels first in burlesque, after being cast in Finlandia Vodka’s Campaign “Refresh with Burlesque”. Through the campaign she was trained by the Cantankerous Lollies from San Francisco and hit the stages up an ddown the coast of California. Falling in love with burlesque Lola decided to branch out, like Beyonce’, as a solo artist; performing at 12 Galaxies in San Francisco with The Lollies, Kitten on the Keys and San Francisco’s Famous Burlesque Orchestra, At The Conga Room in Los Angeles for Bella Beretta’s “A Night of Novice Nudes” and at The California Institute of Abnormal Art in Burbank, CA for Lenora Claire’s “Low Brow and High Heel” and Apocolipstick”: Chad Michael Ward’s “Sin Garden” Launch Party, to name a few. Lola also performed with The Lollies and Harvest Moon at Tease-O-Rama 2003 at The Henry Music Box Theater in Los Angeles.

Lola is the brains and the booty behind Colorado’s premier burlesque troupe, The

Award Winning Peaks and Pasties, where she headlines and produces monthly burlesque and variety shows. She is the headmistress and co-teacher of The Spitfire and Sparkle Academy of Burlesque and a producer of The Colorado Burlesque Festival (July 12-15, 2012 in Denver


She was “Baptized by The Fire”; officially sanctioned by burlesque Legend Satan’s Angel as “A Queen of The Fire Tassels” and was voted one of the Top 50 Burlesque Performers by 21st Century Burlesque in 2009 & 2010.

Today you will find Lola performing in burlesque festivals around the country and headlining shows in Colorado and New Mexico. She also produces burlesque extravaganzas bringing superstars of burlesque and living legends to the stages of Colorado.

Headlining and Featured Performers


“This is one wolf you won’t find wearing sheep’s clothing…or much else for that matter.”

Ilsa the Wolf is a burlesque and vaudeville performer and producer, stage actress and model making it happen in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Having made her burlesque debut in 2008 as a member of Tulsa’s premiere and award-winning burlesque troupe Eye Candy Burlesque, Ilsa has performed in numerous shows locally, as well as guest performing in Dallas with draglesque queen Nikki Trash, in Kansas City with Burlesque Downtown Underground and Kansas City Society of Burlesque, and in San Francisco with Dottie Lux’s Red Hots Burlesque.

In 2011, Ilsa won the title of Queen of Kansas City Burlesque in the 1st Annual Kansas City Burlesque Festival. That same year, she produced and performed in a four-night sold-out run of Horsemeat Flea Circus Naughty Vaudeville Cabaret’s production of “School For Red Hot Mamas,” a show inspired by the work of Sophie Tucker.

Ilsa has been featured on the cover of Urban Tulsa Weekly three years in a row, and an interview with her about was one of Tulsa People Magazine’s Top 10 Stories of 2011. She is currently in pre-production for the vaudeville/burlesque show “Farmer’s Daughter” that will premiere in the spring of 2012 at Nightingale Theater.


Untamed glamour from the arctic

She was born in a country of thousand lakes and spellbinding emerald forests. Her exotic beauty, blazing eyes and passionate charisma have made her one of the brightest performance artists in Europe. Notorious for her fierce reincarnation of seductive vintage glamour and bump’n'grind burlesque, she tantalizes audiences all over the world from Milan to Las Vegas, always delivering the finest for them. With her statuesque 37-22-37 figure she excites her audience to booming howling and vibrant stomp.

This versatile Finnish artist is best known for her luxurious, voluptuous and creative acts inspired by the ravishing showgirls from the 30’s-50’s, innovative fashion, fantasy and surrealist fairy tales. She mixes skillfully classic striptease with breathtaking stories, dashes of magic and a lot of professionalism. LouLou D’vil is always sensual, provocative and even fatal, but never plain.

“LouLou is a really dynamic performer – she struts out onto the stage with real attack and energy, and she always looks devastatingly gorgeous from head to toe.” – 21st Century Burlesque

”Sex on legs!” – Neil Kendall, producer and photographer

“Keep an eye on this up and coming star of Burlesque. LouLou D’vil is real stunner!” – Miss Astrid, compere and creator of the legendary Va Va Voom Room

“Great woman, fantastic dancer, always smiling and very professional! I would love to organize again spectacles with her… My dream is to do that on MotoGP paddock in front of all the MotoGP fans!” – Lucio Cecchinello, CEO of LCR Honda MotoGP

“An authentic tigress who lit the passion of the audience.” – Xavi Calzada, photographer, about show in Taboo Barcelona

SAMMICH THE TRAMP is a wandering hobo and lovable scamp. Sammy came to St. Louis by way of Chicago where she started doing silent film inspired physical performances 7 years ago. She's been in St. Louis since 2010 and has managed to make quite a mark with her unique brand of silent slapstick vaudevillian comedy.  After teaming up with burlesque star and producer Lola van Ella, Sammy began creating and directing shows, including the beloved and ever popular Beggar's Carnivale, wherein she also directs her own troupe, The Knockabouts. Sammy is also one of the co-producers of The Show-Me Burlesque Festival. The past two years Sammich has been voted one of the Top 50 Burlesque Performers Worldwide in 21st Century Burlesque's Top 50. Sammich the Tramp travels often and has appeared at The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Vegas, Michelle L’amour’s Belles and Whistles in Chicago, Bustout Burlesque in New Orleans, Panty Raid in Nashville, The New Orleans Burlesque Festival, The Toronto Burlesque Festival, she has been a featured performer at the Best of Midwest Burlesque Festival in Minneapolis, and is headlining at the Colorado Burlesque Festival in July. Sammy has also opened for Beats Antique, The Black Belles, Here Come the Mummies, and The Yard Dogs Road Show.

Sammy is particularly passionate about vaudevillian stage spectacles, silent films, live music and Charlie Chaplin and hopes to bring back the art and nuance of these passions to a modern audience, and to give them a show they never realized they needed so badly. 

Photo Credit Kaylin Idora

MIDNITE MARTINI is the Great Burlesque Expositions “Best Soloist” of 2011, one of 21st Century Burlesque Magazine’s Top 50 Figures in Burlesque, and a Reigning Queen of Burlesque Competitor at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in 2010 & 2011.

She is the “Mile High Flying Tease” and combines her aerial acrobatic skills and classic dance training with the art of tease. Midnite has titillated audiences across the world

as a featured performer from Las Vegas casinos to the Atlantis Resort Bahamas to New York nightclubs and Montreal theatres. Midnite has been interviewed and highlighted in Burlesque: the True Art of Seduction, Pin Curl Magazine, Japanese Pao Network’s documentary “Burlesque,” and Asia Xpress Newspaper.

This martini is best known for her dramatic aerial burlesque, where pieces of sparkling costuming fall to the ground while Midnite spins, drops, and soars through the air on lyra, tissue, and trapeze. She has also been lovingly deemed “Stocking Girl” for her unique and innovative stocking peels. The athletic stocking peel she performed at the Burlesque Hall of Fame performance in 2010 won her “Most Innovative Move” from the Burlesque Innovation Guild.

But this cool drink has many different flavors. She is the CEO of Martini Entertainment and Midnite Martini Presents, which are responsible for producing the successful and critically acclaimed Sexy Circus Sideshow, Ladies’ of the 80’s Burlesque Revue, Winter Burlescapades,

as well as providing entertainment for such events as: Denver Pride, Democratic National Convention, and Disneyland’s Magic Music Days. In her hometown of Denver you can see Midnite headline and produce weekly shows at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. You may even see Midnite use her speaking skills to emcee, being praised for her work on the mic as much as her work in the air.

In 2010, Midnite co-produced the Colorado Burlesque Festival; bringing in international burlesque headliners and featuring the best local and national talent Denver had ever had the pleasure of getting on one stage. This festival has been a sold out hit for two years now! Save the date for July 12-15, 2012 where you’ll get the chance to see 4 amazing shows, over 100 different performers, 4 incredible venues, and all sorts of classes taught by the headliners themselves. This is one weekend you don’t want to miss!

Miss Martini is also headmistress of Martini & Friends’ Burlesque Booty School, bringing the fun of the shimmy and shake to burlesque hobbyists and fans. The school gives any woman a chance to find her inner burlesque diva to apply to her everyday life.

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