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Indigo Blue: Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2011
Long live – at long last – Queen Indigo.
When we try to list Indigo’s achievements and the full extent of her contribution, we hardly know where to start. She has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the burlesque community and her students for years, and although she cracked the TOP 10 last year, your votes this year have put her – and the person at NO.1 – way out in front with an incredible number of votes.
We first came across Indigo at Tease-o-Rama some years ago, where we experienced her gift for teaching and entertaining for ourselves. She is the headmistress of The Academy of Burlesque in Seattle, and a Co-Director of Education at The Burlesque Hall of Fame, alongside Jo Weldon.
In 2011, Indigo performed at the Colorado Burlesque Festival, The Toronto Burlesque Festival, The Windy City Burlesque Festival, the New York City Burlesque Festival, Moisture Festival and in Michelle L’amour’s Superstars of Burlesque show in Chicago.
And, as most of you will surely know, Indigo was crowned Reigning Queen of Burlesque at BHoF in June, giving an assured, passionate and polished performance with her usual vigour and charm, in a spectacular costume by the talented costumier, Danial Webster. (Winner’s Interview here…) When she was announced as Queen, there was such a delighted and affectionate response from the whole showroom, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her. She has already been the most visible, devoted and proactive Reigning Queen we could imagine, and her ‘Queen’s Edicts’ are both ingenious and hysterically funny, with a supporting cast you may recognise! You can watch them below (the third one is particularly amazing – the effort that went into it and attention to detail is mindblowing!)
She also produced another successful BurlyCon this year, which – for those who don’t know – is a fantastic annual weekend of workshops, panels, social events and classes. There are no shows at BurlyCon – all the time is devoted to education, feedback, discourse and socialising. Indigo deserves Top 10 recognition for BurlyCon alone, in our opinion. Nothing quite like it has ever been made available before, and received such an incredible response.
We are so happy to see how loved and appreciated she is, and the incredible number of votes she received. She deserves every single one, and more. Thank you Indigo and congratulations all over again x
You can enjoy a fascinating, in-depth interview with Indigo, and find out more about her ‘Chartreuse’ costume, in our very special End of Year Print Edition – reserve your copy now!
Indigo on Film, 2011
Fantastic performance of ‘Chartreuse’, the act she took to BHoF ’11, at the Colorado Burlesque Festival 2011… (Click for video)
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