Our Experts

We’re teaming up with the best in the biz to bring you the most insightful and practical burlesque training anywhere! So far, we’ve collaborated with these burlesque pros on our articles:

The Shanghai Pearl - Seattle

The Shanghai Pearl is an internationally renowned burlesque performer and instructor based out of Seattle, Washington. In addition to her headlining solo performance career, she has produced a variety of successful shows and events, she is a lead instructor with Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque, creator of the popular DIY Showgirl series, can be seen in Deidre Timmons’ documentary “A Wink and A Smile,” and is thrilled to bits to be the current face of the Seattle International Film Festival.
Some performance highlights include: Teatro Zinanni (Seattle and San Francisco), the award winning Heavenly Spies, and many burlesque festivals across the US. Photo by POC Photo.

Red Hot Annie - Chicago

Red Hot Annie started performing burlesque in 2008, after over a decade performing other art forms. She is a cofounder of Vaudezilla (voted Best Burlesque by Chicago Reader 2011 & 2014), has been teaching burlesque since 2009, and is one of the Executive Producers of Windy City Burlesque Fest.

Red Hot Annie has travelled internationally, has headlined many national burlesque festivals, and has been nationally recognized by being voted #34 in the Burlesque Top 50 for 2010 and winning "Best Novelty" at Texas Burlesque Fest in 2012.

Viva Valezz - Pittsburgh

Viva Valezz has been performing just about since she could walk. Trained in various performance arts, she began her burlesque career in 2007, founded her troupe, The Velvet Hearts, in 2008, and was named "Columbus' Favorite Burlesque Performer" in 2010 by Outlook Magazine. 
Being a very open and "out" lesbian, Viva has produced the FIERCE! Queer Burlesque Festival and tour since 2012, and has performed in many national burlesque festivals, including bringing home a coveted NYBF "Golden Pastie Award."

Sydni Deveraux - NYC/Seattle

Sydni Deveraux, “The Golden Glamazon,” is a burlesque performer, producer, instructor, jazz singer and blogger who has taught classes at festivals across the US, at BurlyCon, and privately. She was named 1st Runner Up for Queen at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in 2013, and was ranked in the top 50 burlesque performers of 2011, 2012 and 2013 as polled by the online magazine, 21st Century Burlesque.

In addition to her blog, “Living In A Glitter Wonderland,” her writing has been featured by 21st Century Burlesque, The Berlesker (literary journal), and is read by thousands of people worldwide. She is the producer of Seattle's longest running weekly review, "Burlesque Behind the Pink Door," and has been a fixture in the burlesque community for over 8 years.

Red Velvet - San Francisco

Red Velvet began studying dance at the age of 2 and started performing soon after. She is a co-artistic director of the “DIVA or Die” burlesque show (a production of DIVAfest) at the Exit Theater, and the co-creator of the burlesque plays “Rebel Without a Bra: A Burlesque Cabaret” and “At the White Rabbit Burlesque.”

Ms. Velvet has taught classes and performed solo acts at the Toronto Burlesque Festival, the Texas Burlesque Festival, the Ohio Burlesque Festival, the Hollywood Burlesque Festival, the Carolina Burlesque Festival, The Great Burlesque Expo in Boston, and many other national festivals. Her act won “Most Humorous” at the Great Burlesque Expo 2014!

Freya West - Nashville

Freya West is a body positive, shimmy shaking, fire eating performance artist, professional writer, and teacher. She began performing burlesque in 2008 in Chicago, then moved in 2010 to Nashville, TN, where she produces and performs with Music City Burlesque and runs her own burlesque school.

Freya has been on stage in 15 states and four countries, including headlining Iceland’s very first burlesque show, and has been in several music videos and a few reality TV shows.

Want to Contribute to TBB?

We're constantly reaching out to more experts to contribute to Tease! Bang! Boom! If you're an experienced burlesque performer and would like to share your expertise in performance and behind the scenes skill-sets with our readers and mentoring program members, just give us a shout! We'd love to hear from you.