Badass Women (and Men) of Burlesque

In this panel, we talk about burlesque and its relationship with the Badass Woman archetype using examples from movies, popular cultures, and the burlesque community. What does the Badass Woman archetype represent? Does the Badass Woman archetype change perceptions about femininity, sexuality, power? There are those performers who are particularly badass on or off stage whose power as performers, women, and human beings is not to be questioned. What makes a performer (or a particular act) fit the badass archetype? How does being a performer using the badass archetype promote the art of burlesque? Do you need to do "bad things onstage to meet the badass archetype? How can you be a badass performer or a badass human being?
Lecture
Feb. 5, 2016, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
William Dawes B

About the Teacher - Red Velvet

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 the Panelist - Egypt BlaqueKnyle

BIO Egypt Blaque Knyle is a Professional Dancer, Model, Actress and Business Woman, whose been dancing since the age of four. She has traveled the world with many dance companies and celebrity artist. Egypt was employed by Disney for years performing in a host of shows such as The Lion King. She was the principal dancer in the "Chocolate Nutcracker", playing the Egyptian Queen and the Snake Queen also playing Nefertiti and Hepseptsut in a production called "Queens of the Nile Now". Egypt Blaque Knyle has worked in the naughty entertainment field for many years exotic dancing worldwide as a Headliner. Now embarking on a new journey Egypt debuted her first Neo Burlesque routine “The Question of You” in the Monday Night Tease Exotic Titty Prince Review after graduating from the Lili’s School for Wayward Girls in 2012. Egypt Blaque Knyle was born and continued to dazzle with her acrobatic sexiness and sultry tantalizing dance movement. With a very intensive background in dance Egypt “Wows” her audience as the girl who put all the B’s in Burlesque. She’s Brainticious, Booblicious, Bodacious and Bootylicious. Artist Statement; I am so excited to begin my journey in the world of Burlesque. Dance is my love all styles from the sassy, nasty to the classy. The Blaque Siren of Burlesque PERFORMANCES Graduated from Lili’s School for Wayward Girls in 2012 Named the Queen of Assels by Los Angeles Producers Member and original cast of the Urban Fairy tails Creator, Producer and Member of “The Bronze Beauties of Burlesque and the Bronze Beauties of the Bay Monday Night Tease (On going performer) Peepshow Menagerie (On going performer) The Naked Show & Tell (Performer and Host) Vacluse Vixens Show (Performer) Saintly Bomb (Performer) Nerdlesque Las Vegas (Performer) Triptease Burlesque (Performer) Hollywood Jane Revue (Performer)

About the Panelist - Lottie Ellington

Lottie Ellington is Virginia’s infamous “Twerking Teacher” who's "Twerk BROKE Hopewell"; Lottie has a unique style, comedic wit and a flair for the dramatic; she revels in keeping the audience on the edge of their seats! ” Lottie began dancing at the age of 4 and continued studying various types of dance throughout her life. She has studied the art of the tease while honing skills as a performer, she has studied jazz, hoop dance, hip hop dance, fan dance, Congolese dance, ballroom dance and belly dance. Her numbers are usually comedic in nature and primarily considered to be a Neo-Burlesque/Nerdlesque performer however she is a well-rounded performer and has been expanding her range of "Classic Burlesque" numbers. Lottie made her Burlesque debut in 2011 and has continued pushing the boundaries of Neo Burlesque. She has performed in the Michigan Burlesque Festival, The Great Burlesque Expo in Boston, Fierce Burlesque Festival, and recently won the title of Burly Pics Michigan’s 2015 Master of Assels.

About the Panelist - Sailor St. Claire

Sailor St. Claire is a curvaceous redhead with learned mind and an A+ anatomy. With her scintillating wit and copious charms, Sailor channels academic excellence into burlesque bravura. Since 2009, The Showgirl Scholar has been putting her knowledge of the literary canon to more-than-scholarly uses, crafting elegant and erudite stripteases that offer audiences an education in the humanitease. Sailor performs with Sinner Saint Burlesque and co-produces Naked Girls Reading - Seattle. She is also the producer of Tuesday Tease, Seattle's only monthly burlesque revue featuring live musical accompaniment by Pervana. Sailor can also be found as a soloist on stages throughout Seattle, and makes regular trips to San Francisco to appear at the (in)famous Hubba Hubba Revue, Little Minsky's, and Red Hots Burlesque. She also frequently performs in Portland, OR, and has appeared internationally at Kitty Nights West at the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver, British Columbia and in the UK at Gutter Lane at Edinburgh’s Jekyll & Hyde Pub. She has been featured at the Ohio Burlesque Festival, the Alabama Burlesque Festival, the Great Southern Exposure Burlesque & Variety Pageant, and the Great Burlesque Exposition in Boston, where she was awarded the 2014 Legend’s Choice award by April March, The First Lady of Burlesque.

About the Panelist - Trixie Santiago

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.