Vancouver Represent!! This weekend will be host to the 20th anniversary of The Burlesque Hall of Fame Reunion and Pageant in fabulous Las Vegas! And not surprising considering the talent that oozes out of every pore here in Van (ok thats actually a really gross analogy.. but seriously.. it oozes..), we have mega Vancouver representation heading down to show the world just what kind of bad ass awesomeness we’ve been hiding up here!!!

We have not one but TWO contenders from those infamous Sassmasters, SWEET SOUL BURLESQUE competing for the title of Best Debut!!!

CHERRY ON TOP is hands down one of, if not the best dancer in town..this girl can move!  Her energy and vitality on stage are matched by no one!! Her infectious joy and freekin faboo costumes are sure to help this already shining star impress the judges and global community alike.

LOLA FROST is sex. Is that even a sentence? But if you’ve seen our resident raven haired flapper perform, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Lola is the sexiest, most sultry performer I can even think of! When Lola performs no one dares take their eyes off of her, not even for a second! And I’m sure everyone in Vegas will have the exact same problem!

Now if thats not enough we are also sending down TWO troupes to compete for the title of BEST GROUP!

SCREAMING CHICKEN THEATRICAL SOCIETY has been host to Vancouver’s longest running and now the largest Burlesque Variety Show, the Taboo Revue for the last 5 years. Known for their zany flavors and large group numbers, the Chickens are sending down a 23 person group number spectacular!!

SWEET SOUL BURLESQUE has been an integral part of the Vancouver Burlesque scene since 2003 and is home to some of the strongest performers in the city. Sweet Soul strives to break the mold by creating fun, ground-breaking burlesque events that are of high production value and unequaled sassiness.

I know that both groups are just positively elated and honored to be accepted and are so excited to be able to represent Vancouver. But… if you are still not impressed let me tell you about..

MELODY MANGLER is the artistic director for the SCREAMING CHICKEN THEATRICAL SOCIETY and brought home gold last year when she competed and won Best Debut! This was no surprise for Vancouverites already familiar with the legacy and talent of Mama Chicken. She is a true performer and jill of all trades; comedian songstress and one hell of a stripteaser!!! It is definitely worth mentioning the innovation that goes into each act Melody produces. I am constantly amazed and inspired!!! Melody will be competing for the title of Reigning Queen of Burlesque.

Could it get any better!? Yes actually.. it can!!!

BURGUNDY BRIXX, producer and performer of/in the epically popular weekly Burlesque show KITTY NIGHTS will be be performing her signature Gypsy Rose Lee tribute number at the opening night on Thursday. Burgundy is a true professional and an amazing talent. She has been such an asset to Burlesque in Vancouver since her move here from New York a few years ago. Especially so this year with all her hard work and dedication making the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival a success.

The GIRLS ON TOP are a non profit group who campaign to raise awareness about issues of violence against women and Vancouver’s survival sex trade. This troupe of super sweet and sexy samaritans have also been selected to perform their super fun Tiki group number at the Pool Party at BHOF on Sunday! Ay Carumba!

So all in all, thats about 40 PERFORMERS FROM VANCOUVER heading down to Vegas to show the world all that is wonderful about our little slice of Burly heaven!! And really.. thats not even counting significant others, well wishers or looky loos!! We are going to have a ball and I am beyond excited!!! Good Luck to Everyone!!! I am so so so SO proud of you!!