2018 MiBF Headliners

We are honored to welcome our 2018 headliners for the 6th Annual Michigan Burlesque Festival:

Michigan’s own Strawberry Vixen, Miss Holly Hock, who is a multi-award winning performer as well as the Headmistress of the Detroit School of Burlesque, Troupe Leader of Detroit Grand Cabaret and producer of Speakeasy Sundays Monthly Burlesque Revue. She draws much of her inspiration from bygone eras and the glamour of old Hollywood. She has helped create a larger burlesque community and overall appreciation in Southeast Michigan through her hard work and opening of the Detroit School of Burlesque.

Joining us will also be Hank E. Panky who hails from Kansas City, and just LOVES to be your naked storyteller. His page turning bumps and grinds, whether comedic, sensual, or theatrical, will have you reading him from cover to cover. He promises to always deliver you a happy ending. Hank E. Panky is the current reigning King of San Antonio Burlesque and Mr. Leading Man of Hollywood Burlesque. He is also the recipient of the Byrd Productions Physical Theater Scholarship.

and it is our honor to host a one-of-a-kind international burlesque superstar, the sensational DIRTY MARTINI!!! She hails from New York City, and holds the reigning title of Queen of Burlesque – Miss Exotic World 2004, and has been voted as #1 influential burlesque performer from 2009-2012, and 2016 on 21st Century Burlesque, from fans worldwide. She has currently been seen in Detroit with Dita Von Teese’s tour – The Art of the Teese, and we look forward to having her back in town for BOTH NIGHTS of the Michigan Burlesque Festival!!! Don’t miss your chance to see one of the most celebrated personalities in burlesque!

Tickets will go on sale July 15th.


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Looking for performers for the 6th Annual Michigan Burlesque Festival!

Applications to the 6th Annual Michigan Burlesque Festival are now open!!!!! 😀

We are looking for:
Burlesque, boylesque, drag, aerialists, fire performers, circus performers, sideshow, comedians, belly dancers, acrobats, clowns, vaudevillians, magicians, performance artists and anything in between!!

Come be part of Michigan’s one-of-a-kind international burlesque and variety showcase. Must be 18+ to apply. Applications close June 15th.

Apply here —> https://fs18.formsite.com/FancyPantsA2/form11/index.html

Headliners this year include:
* Michigan’s own Holly Hock!
* Hank E. Panky from Kansas City!!
* & we are honored to have the incredible Dirty Martini from New York City, who will be joining us for both nights!!!!


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The long awaited videos are up!

Videos of the 5th annual Michigan Burlesque Festival are up for viewing on our YouTube channel. You can click on the button above that says videos, or visit link:

Relive the amazing moments you saw, and get a closer look at your favorite acts of the weekend.

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Thank you for another successful year!

Well, the dust has settled and the red carpets rolled up.

We want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for celebrating our 5th anniversary with us! Both nights of the festival showcased some of the most entertaining and diverse burlesque around the U.S., and we couldn’t be prouder.
The venue was packed each night full of performers and patrons alike. It was a weekend to remember! Pictures are being posted, so you can relive some of those glitter filled memories with us.

Thank you deeply to our lighting and sound crew for helping us piece together such a brilliant show. You really helped make our vision come to reality. A special thanks to all of our volunteers and backstage help. There are not enough thanks in the world for you all. Your help goes beyond appreciation and admiration. A shout out to all of our sponsors and vendors for this years festival. Your contributions helped us mold this festival in to something truly grand, and without your constant encouragement and support, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

And of course, the biggest of big thank yous to all the performers, who came to the mitten to celebrate with us. Your acts continue to amaze and inspire us, and we are so delighted to have had the chance to showcase your many talents. Without your endless hours of hard work, and your brilliance on stage, our festival would be nothing. You made it a memorable birthday for us, and we thank you from the bottom of our glittery hearts. ❤ ❤

Until next year!

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Online ticket sales have ended….

But you can still get tickets at the door each night!!! Doors at 7, show starts at promptly 8pm! 

See you there!! 

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2017 MiBF Workshops Available

The Michigan Burlesque Festival is proud to announce this years burlesque workshops, hosted by several award-winning burlesque and stage performers, including MiBF headliners – Red Rum and Jeez Loueez!

Workshops will be held on Saturday, September 16th, at the Tangent Gallery (Detroit). Each workshop will be only $10! Registration starts August 1st, at (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3055782).

Workshops include:

11- 12pm – Leena’s Alluring Makeup and Hair hosted by Leena Mynx Allure

Part of the Detroit School of Burlesque, Leena Allure is known for her classic old Hollywood makeup and hair and wants to share her tips and tricks with you. Not only will she go over some of her favorite retro styles, but also theatrical tips to help you create the perfect look for stage, photo shoots, and more.
She will teach you ways of making hair styling easier for you and show you some fun tricks to up your makeup game.
** Things to bring: Notebook and pen and Eyelashes Part of this class will cover eyelashes application.

12:15pm-1:15pm – Creature Feature, Transformative Prosthetic Makeup Demonstration hosted by Red Rum

A little bit PEEPshow, a little bit FREAKshow…a little bit CREEPshow! Burlesque Performance Artist RedRum will talk about the relationship of burlesque to the history of circus sideshow and the trajectory of her own work as it relates to the push and pull of attraction/repulsion. She will then demonstrate quick and creative uses of prosthetic makeup appliances and other means of achieving dimension with basic makeup tools. Emphasis will be on creature and character makeup.
**No need to bring materials, just come equipped with questions and ideas.

1:30pm-3pm – Twerk and Jerk: BOOTY Intensive Twerkshop hosted by Jeez Loueez

The class that has everyone ready to pop, wobble, werk, and wine!!!
This high-energy choreography intensive is not for the faint of heart. Fusing the sensuality of burlesque with the sharp attitude of hip hop, this class will focus on isolations, footwork, and of courseTHE BOOTY! Class begins with a warm up and stretch and more into a combination of popping your favorite asset. Learn coveted moves such as the Booty Chaser and the Slow Wine! Drop it like it’s hot and pick it back up again! Some dance experience is recommended.
***Wear comfortable, form-fitting clothing in which you can easily move. Booty shorts and knee pads recommended. Bring a water bottle.

3:15pm-4:45pm – Fabulous is a State of Mind hosted by Foxy Tann

Sometimes a girl has GOT to be fabulous! Whether it be on stage, in the boardroom, or in the lecture hall, there are times when a girl has to be larger than life. Foxy Tann is offering an exciting and fun way to get in touch with a truthful inner confidence using burlesque as a framework. You will create and use pathways and methodologies that will help you forge a more sexy and confident you in an authentic and organic way – allowing you to tap into show stopping energy whenever you need it. Learn to work with what you have and love what you work with! This is a physical class with guided discussions and critiques in a safe and supportive environment.
**Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move!

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