kalani-copy1As the chorus of voices behind me shouted, as Kalani claimed her trophy – ‘It’s about ****** time!’

It was a long overdue and indisputably deserved victory for Kalani Kokonuts – Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2009.

I just couldn’t hold back my tears of happiness; Kalani is a visionary performer and a fascinating woman with a dreamer’s soul and uncompromising standards. Now her excellence has been officially recognised, and I will forever be thrilled to have been inches away.

There were SO many fantastic performanceson the night – I really didn’t envy the judges when it came to some of the categories; the performers produced such a wide variety of routines and many of them deserved a title for their efforts.

Here is the full list of winners:

The Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2009: Kalani KoKonuts (Las Vegas, NV)
First Runner Up: Roxy Dlite (Windsor, ON, Canada)
Second Runner Up: Perle Noire (New Orleans, LA)

Best Boylesque / Reigning King: Hot Toddy (Chicago, IL)

Best Debut: Melody Mangler (Vancouver, B.C., )

Burlesque Hall of Fame Legends Award: Satan’s Angel

Best Variety Act: Gigi & Pop (Brooklyn, NY)
Most Innovative: Aerobella Trapeze (Brooklyn, NY)
Most Classic: Knicker Kittens Burlesque Revue (Stockholm, Sweden)
Most Comical: Little Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY)
Most Dazzling: Kalani KoKonuts (Las Vegas, NV)