Every year, thousands of burlesque professionals, peers and fans vote for their TOP 50 Burlesque Industry Figures, and the results are in for the Burlesque TOP 50 2016. If you are new to this extremely popular process, please read the Burlesque TOP 50 Essential Guide here.
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10. Jo Weldon
- Headmistress, New York School of Burlesque
- Author, The Burlesque Handbook
- Announced: Headliner, Vienna Boylesque Festival 2017
2016 Appearances: Headliner: Burlesque Noir at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, Philadelphia Burlesque Festival. Feature performer: Edmonton Burlesque Festival, New York Burlesque Festival, Helsinki Burlesque Festival.
9. Dita Von Teese
- Announced: The Art of the Teese United States and Canada tour, 2017
- Announced: Headliner, Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Showcase, 2017
2016 Appearances: Strip Strip Hooray! tours in Australia and United States, book signing tour for Your Beauty Mark, and a sold out return to Crazy Horse Paris.
- ‘Best Boylesque’, Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2006
2016 Appearances: Headliner: Aftermath, New Mexico; Shameless, Baltimore; New York Boylesque Festival, Vienna Boylesque Festival. Host, Homo Erectus Boylesque NYC’s Surrealist Ball: Problematic Ironies. Produced the 10th Annual MAN: A TEASE!, Coney Island USA. Created ’49 Human Beings’, a living memorial for the victims of the Orlando massacre in the NYC Pride March 2016.
- Miss Exotic World 1st Runner Up, Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2014
2016 Appearances: Headliner: Montreal Burlesque Festival. Performer: New York Burlesque Festival, Burlesque Noir at Blackpool Tower Ballroom, New Orleans Burlesque Festival, Toronto Burlesque Festival.
6. Roxi D’Lite
- Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2010
- 2014 World Champion of Exotic Dance, Showgirl Champion
2016 Appearances: Headliner: Dallas Burlesque Festival, New Orleans Burlesque Festival, Minneapolis Burlesque Festival. Feature Performer: Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Showcase, Dirty Devils Peep Show at Theatre Bizarre.
5. Poison Ivory
- Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2016
- Announced: Headliner, Freezing Tassel Burlesque Festival 2017
2016 Appearances: Headliner: Jeezy’s Juke Joint: A Black Burly-Q Revue. European tour, including headliner performance at the Rome Burlesque Festival. Performer: Viva Las Vegas Showcase, New York Burlesque Festival.
4. Kitten ‘N’ Lou
- Burlesque TOP 50 No. 1 2015
- Announced: New show Holier Than Thou, February 2017
- Producers: Cream, Camptacular
2016 Appearances: Headliners: Vienna Boylesque Festival, Texas Burlesque Festival, Leeds Burlesque Velvet Curtain Cabaret. Brought own show Overexposed! to Melbourne, Fringeworld Perth, New York, Denver and New Orleans. Competed at Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend.
TOP 3 to come!
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