Longevity in Burlesque

This panel discusses how to stay fresh in an ever evolving artistic medium while still producing work which represents your ideals and perspective and which people readily identify as yours.
Feb. 7, 2016, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
William Dawes B

About the Teacher - Vixen Valentine

Vixen Valentine is the Mistress of Misbehaving and the learned the do’s and do often’s of burlesque in her hometown of Seattle, WA, USA. With a background in acting, physical theater and vocal work Ms.Valentine brings a strong sense of play, bright mischievousness, musicality and sensuality to her carefully crafted routines. Vixen Valentine has performed internationally in shows and festivals across Europe including the Munich Burlesque Festival (2014/2015), Como Lake Burlesque Festival where she was awarded Most Comedic (2014), Strasbourg Burlesque Award (2015), and the Geneva Burlesque Festival (2016). She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Physical.

About the Panelist - Voluptuous Vanessa Vixen

Vanessa a "mature" gal who doesn't want to quit.... burlesque that is! She started her burlesque experiences about 4 years ago through classes with the Boston academy of burlesque education . Their classes led her to the Great Burlesque Expo where Vanessa has performed in the newcomers showcase. She has been a stage kitten for: the Great Burlesque Expo, Boston The New York City Burlesque Festival 2014, 15. Key West Florida's Burlesque and Pole Competition 2014. Perrformances: great burlesque Expo 2013-14 TeaseDay club Somerville Massachusetts Student Recital Showcase, Boston Academy of burlesque education Providence Rhode Island, Corrine Southern's Speak Easy show. Key West Florida's Burlesque and Pole competition performer 2015. Nurse Betty's in New York City and Boomers Bar in Las Vegas Nevada.

About the Panelist - Gabriella Maze

Started dancing in the early 1970s My first performance was in Spain loved the Burlesque way of life the people the glamor and most of all the travel .worked all over the Middle East and Europe. Would I change anything in my life no way I am a lucky gal !

About the Panelist - Scarlett Letter

Scarlett Letter has been dazzling the world since 2004 and stunning them even longer. A long time fixture of the Los Angeles Burlesque scene, Scarlett has graced stages across North America and Europe and has won several awards along the way. Also a costumer and producer, Scarlett is known for a dark cold beauty reminiscent of Hollywood Noir and the classic Hitchock heroine. 


"With 4 feet of red hair and miles of bad intentions"

About the Panelist - Willy Barrett

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.