Panel: Body Image Panel

Burlesque is touted as being about all body types, but is that really the case? What do you do when you don't match the Hollywood ideal? What do you do when insensitive people let you know you don't match the Hollywood ideal?
Panel
Feb. 10, 2017, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
William Dawes B

About the Moderator - DeeDee Queen

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 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.

About the Panelist - 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 Hot Pink Feathers, Bombshell Betty’s Burlesqueteers, 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 DIVAfest) at the Exit Theatre, and the co-creator of the burlesque play “Rebel Without a Bra: A Burlesque Cabaret” which was presented as part of DIVAfest 2013. She is currently working on a new burlesque/theatrical production, At The White Rabbit Burlesque, which will debut in May 2014. 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, and Girlesque 2014! in Toronto, Canada. Her act won "Most Humorous" at the Great Burlesque Expo 2014!

Red Velvet currently teaches Can-can classes and co-teaches burlesque classes at Bombshell Betty's Burkesqueteers.

About the Panelist - Mister Twister Maximus Sinsation

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 – Portland, OR
Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival 2016 – Knoxville, TN
Michigan Burlesque Festival 2016 & 2017 – Detroit, MI
Wisconsin Male Burlesque Festival 2016 – Madison, WI
Vermont Burlesque Festival 2017 – Burlington, VT
The Great Burlesque Exposition 2017 – Cambridge, MA
Houston Burlesque Festival 2017 – Houston, TX
Dallas Burlesque Festival 2017 – Dallas, TX
Empire Burlesque Festival 2017 – Ithaca, NY
Mile High Burlesque Fest 2017 – Denver, CO
Texas Queerlesque Festival 2017 - Dallas, TX
Pensilvania Burlesque Festival 2017 - Jim Thorpe, PA
Burlesque Burlesque Burlesque 2017 - Asheville, NC
Discordia Days Burlesque Festival 2017 - Greensboro, NC