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About Auralie Wilde

Teacher - Saucy Sampler

Educated at a quaint university in the cornfields of Iowa, Auralie Wilde grew up in an affluent Midwestern family. Active in the dance and musical theatre community, she tittilated audiences as the bubbly, virginal star of the show. Worldly and well educated, Auralie is known for her sharp tongue and quick wit. What her teachers didn't know was that while they were admiring the shiny red apple she had given them, Miss Wilde was perfecting the art of the tease. Giving up her corn palace and Pork Princess title, Auralie Wilde decided to follow her grittier side to concrete pastures. She sold her sense of propriety for a one way ticket to New York City and hasn't looked back.

About B.A.B.E.

Teacher - Burlesque Bumps 'n' Grinds
Teacher - Beautiful Boas
Teacher - Burlesque Bumps 'n' Grinds
Teacher - Keeping the Tease in Striptease
Teacher - Keeping the Tease in Striptease
Teacher - Beautiful Boas
Teacher - Saucy Sampler
Teacher - Beautiful Boas
Teacher - Beautiful Boas
Teacher - Saucy Sampler

The Boston Academy of Burlesque Education (or B.A.B.E. for short) is the educational arm of The Boston Babydolls. We offer a wide variety of classes and workshops in many different burlesque skills and burlesque-related arts. Our classes offer something for everyone, whether you're an experienced dancer looking to add something new to your repertoire or if you've never danced before.

About Bal'd Lightning

Teacher - Puttin' the X in X-Fades
Teacher - You Put Your Mic Where?

Bal’d made his Orchestra Hall (Chicago) stage debut at the age of 4 with a 1/2-size violin and it’s been pretty much downhill into vaudevillian shenanigans ever since! He brings bombastic blasts of bass and uke-electricity to the stage and is often found combining forces with Sunny Sighed to bring the spirit of Broadway to burlesque.

About Betty Blaize

Teacher - Tuning your G-String: Music Theory for Burlesque
Teacher - Pastie Making 101

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 Blaze

Panelist - Panel: Cosplay, Fan Fiction and Identity in Burlesque

Blaze is the fiery redhead from Dallas known as ‘The Red Rose of Texas’! An international award winning performer and costume designer, she’s garnered accolades such as 'Most Classic', 'Biggest Tease' and several crowns including 2014’s 'Evil Queen of Burlesque'. She is the master seamstress behind the dazzling costumes of which are worn and coveted by performers all over the world. A proud US Army Military Police Veteran, she has long been a fan of pin up history and is now an accomplished model herself with her photographs on the covers and pages of Bachelor Pad, Pin Curl Magazine, Delicious Dolls and more.

About Boysinberry Cupcake

Teacher - Improving Your Burlesque with Improv

Boysinberry Cupcake will have your mouth watering in delight. This pint-sized cutie has been performing burlesque in the Bay Area for the past four years creating solo, duet, and group acts, along with dancing in Bombshell Betty's Showgirl Chorus. Winner of Most Humorous 2017 at The Great Burlesque Expo. After five years of performing improv comedy, she discovered the art of sparkly things. She bought a few pounds of glitter and took to the stage to take it all off. Through burlesque she blends her love of comedy with a sultry tease. Boysinberry Cupcake is sinfully delicious.

About Caramel Knowledge

Panelist - Panel: You Won? Now What

From Texas to Toronto, Alaska to Australia this traveling temptress has been stealing hearts world wide. Born from the bright lights of Hollywood, LA's sexual intellectual is ready to teach you a thing or two. Are you ready to be schooled?

About Chakra Tease

Teacher - Better than Sex, Sweaty Burlesque Fitness
Teacher - Yogalesque
Teacher - Chakra Balancing

Chakra Tease, whose favorite philosopher is Socrates, began as a VaVaVette, with Cora Vette and the VaVaVettes. The VaVaVettes performed at Harrah's for Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend and at the House of Blues for the New Orleans Burlesque Festival. Locally Chakra performs at The Clocktower Cabaret. She has performed at the Colorado Burlesque festival for the past two years and was a soloist at the Ohio Burlesque Festival in 2013, performed and taught at the Great Burlesque Expo in Boston in 2015, 2016 and 2017, performed and taught at Southern Fried Burlesque, and performed at the Great Southern Exposure burlesque festival. In 2014 she became the choreographer as well as a performer for D'Sanez Productions "Feel This Moment" variety show. She was in the 2014 California Burlypicks, the 2016 Colorado Burlypicks, and the Golden Legends Champion Challenge in 2016.

About DeeDee Queen

Teacher - Telling the Right Story: How to Write an Unforgettable Burlesque Number
Panelist - Panel: Production Basics and Beyond
Moderator - Panel: Body Image Panel

DeeDee Queen is a drag queen trapped in a cis-woman’s body—a performing woman who is performing “woman.” DeeDee Queen is rewriting her story, disrupting Diet Culture, and taking down the patriarchy by taking off her clothes in body positive burlesque, pole dance, and drag performances and classes around California’s Bay Area (and beyond!). She recently took home a gold medal for “Entertainment” at the Pacific Pole Championships, and is a certified Pole Level 1 instructor through Elevated Education. She currently teaches body positive burlesque classes in person and over Skype.

About Guilted Lilly

Panelist - Panel: Kitten Power! Being a Kick-Ass Kitten

Guilted Lilly began taking classes with the Rhode Island Burlesque Academy in the fall of 2011. Coached by the lovely Lady Miss Iris and Bettysioux Tailor, she fell in love with the art of the tease. This makes sense, of course, seeing as she has always enjoyed prancing about in skimpy outfits. Though she still considers herself to be relatively new to the performance side of burlesque, Lilly captivates audiences with her beautiful singing voice and her love of physical comedy. Not to mention her jaw-droppingly bodacious bod. ;) She is also an expert Stage Kitten, and is always trying to raise the bar by showing that Stage Kittens should be a great deal more than just sexy outfits and picking up clothes.

About Iridessa Blossoms

Teacher - Hot n'Sexy Hip Hop
Teacher - Belly Dance Workshop
Teacher - Twerking with Iridessa

Iridessa Blossoms is an Internationally known Performance Artist and is making 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 Kevlar B. Lightning

Teacher - Figure Out Your Face
Teacher - Making the Most of Improv Burlesque
Panelist - Panel: Cosplay, Fan Fiction and Identity in Burlesque

The Curvy Cutie with a Bulletproof Booty Chicago based burlesque and variety performer, this lightly alternative lady is a theme queen known to stop audiences in their tracks with her bulletproof booty. She creates heavily themed burlesque acts with variety elements through work as Production Manager of Dramageddon Arts in Chicago. Whether it is scary, nerdy, sassy or on fire, her style mashup will be sure to shock you. When you hear thunder it can only be, Kevlar Bitch, LIGHTNING

About Lucy Buttons

Teacher - Burlesque Basics with Buttons
Teacher - Vintage Hairstyling- How to wrap the perfect set
Teacher - MC1: Finishing Your Act

Lucy Buttons, "The Queen of Rock and Roll Burlesque," exploded onto the scene instantly becoming a headliner and force to be reckoned with. Her award-winning signature style has been featured in television, magazines, and film and made her a New York City Club Legend! Also an accomplished ballroom dancer, this professional temptress produces sell-out shows as Executive Producer of I Love Burlesque, and performs across the country from Boston to St. Louis, down to Texas, and up to Montreal.

About Madame Anabel

Panelist - Panel: The Body of Work: Longevity in Burlesque
Teacher - The Strong Sound

Madame Anabel has been singing songs for of the bawdier nature for many years, in many venues, across the country. She is well-known for her outstanding vocal prowess!

About Mary Strawberry

Panelist - Panel: Being a Better Instructor
Teacher - Creating the Best Costume for your Act
Teacher - How to be a Poised Goof

Mary Strawberry is an internationally known award winning Atlanta, GA based theater artist. She finds herself at home both on the stage and behind it, and can be found sharing her art across North America. Whether performing, designing, building, or teaching, she is sure to inspire. Mary is a member of the Mayhem Femmes and the award-winning Greater Atlanta Goddess Society.

About May Hemmer

Panelist - Panel: Kitten Power! Being a Kick-Ass Kitten
Teacher - Going With the Flow
Panelist - Panel: Cosplay, Fan Fiction and Identity in Burlesque

May is known as "The Sassiest Thing in New Orleans" and has been dubbed the "Cocoa Barbie" by Vita DeVoid of Florida. This lady has a larger than life personality and has been gracing the stages with nerdlesque, neo burlesque, and much more since 2011. A member of the Storyville Starlettes and The Bluestockings, she performs regularly at Burlesque Ballroom,Big Deal Burlesque, and many more independent shows and private events around NOLA. With that said, May has started her own production by the name of Haus of MayHem that has traveled to Jackson, MS and will soon have a base in New Orleans. She has also begun a monthly production called Bohemian Burlesque at United Bakery Gallery which is the last Thursday of every month in NOLA. Her solo debut has included performances at the Southern Fried Burlesque Festival, Arizona Burlesque Festival, Great Southern Exposure, and many other productions for the troupe BurlEscapades in Phoenix, AZ. She was recognized in 2015, as the Master of Tassels in the Louisiana Regional Burlypicks and is both the 2016 Shimmy Showdown Siobhan Atomica Brown Noser and Jeez Loueez Boo Bitch Bye award winner.

About Miss Mina Murray

Teacher - Getting Tight: A Guide to Corsetry
Teacher - Achieving Closure
Teacher - Subtle Sparkle: Edge-Beading Technique
Teacher - Miss Mina Murray's Little Class of Better Burlesque

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 Mister Twister Maximus Sinsation

Teacher - Exploring Masculinity in Burlesque
Moderator - Panel: Kitten Power! Being a Kick-Ass Kitten
Panelist - Panel: Kitten Power! Being a Kick-Ass Kitten
Panelist - Panel: Body Image Panel

Mister Twister Maximus Sinsation (Mr. Twister for short) is an award winning male entertainer & burlesque performer based in Chicago, IL (USA). Having the background in both music and dance, Mr. Twister has started performing burlesque in 2015 out of hunger to explore his creativity and to change gender stereotypes. Through his signature movement style and choreography, in each of his acts he tells a unique and narrative story that takes the performance art to a new level. Approaching female-dominated burlesque community as an alley and a guest, he also teaches classes and workshops to promote positive masculinity in burlesque. And with the side interests in pole dancing and belly dancing, he expands his talent far and beyond the burlesque scene. Why walk when you can dance! Mr. Twister, he is the Maximus Sinsation of Burlesque who likes to get things twisted, and his influence in making America sexy again is proven. He was a member of burlesque troupe Better Boobie Bureau from 2015-2017, as well as various other burlesque productions in the Windy City. Mr. Twister has performed on the stage of many Chicago local hot spots, also in many other cities across the United States.

Burlesque Festival appearances:

Oregon Burlesque Festival 2016 & 2017, Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival 2016, Michigan Burlesque Festival 2016 & 2017, Wisconsin Male Burlesque Festival 2016, Vermont Burlesque Festival 2017, The Great Burlesque Exposition 2017, Houston Burlesque Festival 2017, Dallas Burlesque Festival 2017, Empire Burlesque Festival 2017, Mile High Burlesque Fest 2017, Texas Queerlesque Festival 2017, Pensilvania Burlesque Festival 2017, Burlesque Burlesque Burlesque 2017, Discordia Days Burlesque Festival 2017, NY Boylesque Festival 2017.

At Burlesque Burlesque Burlesque 2017 he has won a Brew-HaHa award for the most comedic act.

About Mr. Scratch

Teacher - Being a Masterful Master of Ceremonies
Teacher - Around the Worldwide Web in 80 minutes

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

About Phaedra Black

Teacher - Organize Your Burly-Life
Panelist - Panel: Being a Better Instructor
Panelist - Panel: The Body of Work: Longevity in Burlesque
Panelist - Panel: Cosplay, Fan Fiction and Identity in Burlesque

Phaedra Black is a villainous seductress best known for her perilous contour hailing from Chicago. She formerly appeared on the Gorilla Tango Burlesque, and can regularly be seen performing at Ties 'n Tassels and Festival of Flesh. She is also a founding member and producer for Chicago's newest burlesque troupe The Better Boobie Bureau.

About Red Velvet

Teacher - Warm it Up and Stretch it Out
Moderator - Panel: Production Basics and Beyond
Moderator - Panel: Being a Better Instructor
Teacher - Hear Me Roar
Teacher - Basic Strengthening and Flexibility for Performers
Teacher - Cardio CanCan
Panelist - Panel: Body Image Panel

Red Velvet is a life-long dancer, began studying dance at the age of 2. Proficient in tap, ballet, and jazz, Red Velvet continues to study new forms of dance such as samba and flamenco. Ms. Velvet began intensively studying Isadora Duncan dance in 1999, and began studying burlesque in 2008 with Bombshell Betty. Red Velvet has performed extensively in musical theatre, performed throughout California, has studied and performed dance in New York, and has toured internationally. She has taught dance to adults and children, including training and teaching children to perform in professional musical theatre events. Ms. Velvet currently performs Isadora Duncan dance, she has performed with the award-winning Hot Pink Feathers, Bombshell Betty’s Burlesqueteers, the award winning Flaunt Follies, and Alegria Samba Dance Company. Red Velvet is also a prolific choreographer and can frequently be seen performing solo work at the Elbo Room in San Francisco and at many shows around the Bay Area. She is a co-artistic director of the “DIVA or Die” burlesque show, a production of the Exit Theatre.  She is the co-creator of four full-length burlesque plays:  “Rebel Without a Bra: A Burlesque Cabaret,” "Hotel Burlesque," "White Rabbit Burlesque," and "Just Another Zombie Holiday Show."  Ms. Velvet has performed solo acts at the Texas Burlesque Festival, the Ohio Burlesque Festival, the Hollywood Burlesque Festival, the Carolina Burlesque Festival, The Great Burlesque Expo in Boston, Mile High Burlesque Festival, The Wiggle Room at Heavy Rebel Weekender, ABurly!, The Windy City Burlesque Festival, Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival, Burlypics California, and the International London Burlesque Festival.  She is the artistic director and choreographer for The Velvettes cancan troupe.  She teaches regular Isadora Duncan Dance classes and teaches burlesque classes for Bombshell Betty. 


About Ruby Spruce

Teacher - Working the Floor
Panelist - Panel: The Body of Work: Longevity in Burlesque

Ruby Spruce is the The Attractive Nuisance, using fluid dance moves, humor and a good jiggle to create burlesque that human eyes cannot resist. Sprucie has been all around the theater and burlesque stage, including award-winning acting, dance captaining, stage-managing, kittening and working the booth. She taught pole dance for six years where she brought out the inner diva in countless Baltimore area women. In 2016 The Great Burlesque Exposition awarded her Most Humorous for her uncannily sexy Carol Burnett act. Sprucie is the newest member of Baltimore's Gilded Lily Burlesque. Her neo-burlesque stuns with evocative imagery and amazing feats of long-limbed hotness.

About Satine S'Allumer

Teacher - Embrace the FACE!

The fiery dame who cannot be tamed; watch your proximity or you may find yourself ablaze! Satine finds her flair in the art of the tease through channeling the sultry seductresses of the moulin rouge and the belle epoch. With twenty years of musical and theatre experience under her shimmy belt, Satine is no stranger to center stage. A published pinup model and photographer, Satine loves all things vintage.

About Scarlett Letter

Panelist - Panel: Production Basics and Beyond
Moderator - Panel: The Body of Work: Longevity in Burlesque
Teacher - Keeping your Ecdysiast Books
Panelist - Panel: Kitten Power! Being a Kick-Ass Kitten
Moderator - Panel: Cosplay, Fan Fiction and Identity in Burlesque
Moderator - Panel: You Won? Now What

Scarlett Letter has been dazzling the world since 2004 and stunning them even longer. Besides performing all over Southern California, she has been seen across North America and Europe. Awarded burlesque titles at The Great Burlesque Exposition and The Great Southern Exposure, she is also an award winning costumer and choreographer. Scarlett currently co-produces Peepshow Menagerie and The Naked Show (and Tell). Red hair, a vintage flair and very calculating feet are her calling cards.

About Scratch

Panelist - Panel: Production Basics and Beyond

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 Sunny Sighed and Bal'd Lightning

Teacher - 1+1=3 Duet Dynamics

Sunny Sighed and Bal'd Lightning are a tantalizing and titillating musical duo. Sunny brings years of musical theater training (including study at the Shenandoah Conservatory, from which she graduated Magna Cum Laude) to the burlesque stage as a tool for expressing her quirky and humorous vision of the world. Crowned The Baltimore Beauty Pageant's 2014 Queen of Crabs by Trixie Little and Mr. Gorgeous, her latest project has taken the form of Bawdy Shop Burlesque. Bal’d made his Orchestra Hall (Chicago) stage debut at the age of 4 and it’s been pretty much downhill ever since! Together they combine the heart of humor and satire with the mind of technology and connect your Broadway theatrical experience to the boudoir. A unique and sexy experience you won't want to miss!

About Trixie Santiago

Panelist - Panel: Body Image Panel

Raised on a steady diet of classic musicals and golden age science fiction, Trixie Santiago combines elegance and a sense of limitless possibilities. Inhabiting the space between yesterday and tomorrow, dress and undress, dreams and reality, she brings audiences along on a journey of ecdysiac transformation. Trixie is a frequent performer at WTF Queerlesque. She has also performed at Rogue Burlesque's "Lucky 13" amateur burlesque competition, the Newcomers' Showcase at the 2014 Great Burlesque Exposition, and the Royal Court's New Talent Showcase.

About UmA ShAdow

Panelist - Panel: You Won? Now What

International multi award-winning Boylesque Dancer


Performing around the world. 

In 2015, He won the 1st place in The World Burlesque Games

as an  International Newcomer Crown and 

1st prize and best costume award in Edmonton Burlesque Festival.


In 2016, He appeared Chaz Royal's 10th London Burlesque Festival as a Headliner 

and won the 1st Place-Crystal Corset Award at The 7th Annual Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival, 

King of Burlesque at The 5th Annual San Antonio Burlesque Festival, 

King of Great Southern Exposure and Most Glamorous at The 7th Great Southern Exposure 

and as well as 1st place winner at The 4th Annual Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival.

He also got a 1st runner-up at World Burlesque Games 2016 - Category : World Crown,

  2nd Runner-Up at The 2nd Annual Golden Legend Champion Challenge,

Most Theatrical at The 3rd Annual Arizona Burlesque Festival, 

Most Original at Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival and Best Costume at Texas Burlesque Festival.

And at Burlypicks World Championship, He won The Burlesque People's Choice Award ; 

Burlesque Bitch of 2016 and won the Bronze Medal - Best Overall in 2016.

​In 2017, He has awarded a WORLD CROWN at World Burlesque Games 2017,

Golden Legend Champion at Golden Legend Champion Challenge 2017,

Best Soloist at Great Burlesque Exposition, 

Rising Star of The West (1st Prize) at Galway Burlesque Festival in Ireland,

1st Place and Master of Amazement at Burlypicks World Championship Utah Regional in USA and

The Burlesque People's Choice Award 2017 ( Winning the second consecutive year ) 

and Best Dancer at Burlypicks World Championship, Final Round.


And also he awarded First Generation of Mr. Pin-Up Perfection 2017 in USA.

​Headliner at London Burlesque Festival, Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival, Futura - O - Rama in OSAKA JAPAN, RENAISSANCE MEN, The 4th Arizona Burlesque Festival etc.

About Willy Barrett

Teacher - Four Ruling Laws of Artistic Movement
Teacher - Traditional Stage Dancing With Three Steps!
Panelist - Panel: Being a Better Instructor
Teacher - Seducing with the Arms and Hands

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.