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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 (

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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MIBF joins the Burlesque Hall of Fame fundraising program!

MIBF has joined the Burlesque Hall of Fame fundraising program. As part of the program, there is a $1.00 additional fee per ticket that will go directly to the Burlesque Hall of Fame (BHoF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating burlesque.

Get your tickets now and support the Burlesque Hall of Fame!
Support BHoF and PURCHASE your MIBF TIX at Brown Paper Tickets

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To catch a glimpse of the action from last year, check out our new Sizzle Reel!

Videography by SubPar Studios, Editing by Scott Allen

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Safety First!

We want to address our friends, fellow performers and fans.
As many of you in the community may or may not have heard, there have been concerns raised about the safety of performers at the Michigan Burlesque Festival. We take this very seriously and this is a top priority for us. We will have a strict ZERO-TOLERANCE policy in place at the festival, but for now we wanted to reach out to you all to let you know that we are listening and considering everything being said as we work hard on this year’s festival preparation. We will always commit to providing a safe work environment where people will be comfortable and free to be the creative and beautiful performers that they are. If you know about instances of inappropriate conduct or anything else you feel needs to be reported that may have happened at our festival, we invite you to contact us directly and confidentially. We promise to listen and to address all issues brought to our attention professionally and as promptly as we can. 
We wish you all well and look forward to creating another successful and enjoyable Michigan Burlesque Festival. We will keep the lines of communication open, so please bring these issues to us directly. We are invested in this community and will work however we can toward ensuring that all issues of sexual harassment, bullying, slander and any other inappropriate behaviors are addressed, and the appropriate actions are taken. 
Please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns or questions –

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Headliner Highlight: Jeez Loueez

It’s the “Honey Badger of Burlesque” herself. This award-winning “Power House of the Midwest” is the producer of Jeezy’s Juke Joint: A Black Burly Revue and LEZ Dance. She is also an assoc. artistic director of the Show-Me Burlesque Festival. She was crowned Miss Viva Las Vegas in 2012 (being the first African American winner), 2013 Shimmy Showdown Champion, and reigning 2014 Southern Fried Burlesque Queen. Jeez is a lethal combination of drama, hilarity, and killer kinetics. For more information on Jeez Loueez, visit her website at:


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Headliner Highlight: Mr. Gorgeous

This New York sensation has charmed stages all around the globe with his comedic and charismatic approach to contemporary burlesque. An honored guest to Dita Von Teese’s touring show “Strip Strip Hooray;” it is no wonder that he won “Most Comedic” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2013, and “Mr. Exotic World – King of Boylesque” in 2014. For more information on Mr. Gorgeous, visit his website at:


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