If you follow me on Twitter you might have caught me tweeting my excitement for the Michigan Burlesque Festival (produced by the fine folks at Fancy Pants Arts & Entertainment) for a few weeks now. Well last night’s show did not disappoint and I thought I’d share a little recap with you all.

Foxy Tann  was the fabulous hostess for the evening. This lady is a riot and had me in awe for more than a few reasons. First of all, her ass is to die for. I totally credit the kick ass high heels she wore ALL night long without killing herself (something I would surely have done given the same circumstances) for such a magical asset. Though what I found myself truly jealous of was her absolute command and control over the audience. She kept shit rolling, had us crying from laughter, and absolutely cut the legs out from under a few hecklers that could have easily been spoil sports. Kudos very much deserved.

There were just too many amazing performances to recount each one, but I do want to mention a few of my personal favorites….

  • Lilly Rascal is a firecracker on stage. Absolutely loved her attitude.
  • Ophelia Coeur de Noir was stunning in her painted mime makeup, with her wonderfully jiggly tattooed body.
  • Vince V. Vice, words can not do this guy justice. Lets just say that what has been seen, will never… EVER… be unseen. Baked beans will forever carry a very dirty association that I predict will make me both giggle and run in horror.
  • But there was one performance that was beyond perfection. I’ll update this with the performers name (and hopefully a video) once I have it, but this woman did a fucking fantastic Burlesque adaptation of Labyrinth that so wrong… and so so right. I’m smiling ear to ear just remembering it. The music, the baby prop, the David Bowie wig and bulging g-string. Work of art! You won the night.

Last but not least, I want to mention two legends of Burlesque, Toni Elling and Lottie “The Body” Graves. My date and I had the honor of sitting behind them. After seeing a parade of performers come out before the show to hug and chat with two very well put together “little old ladies” with stars on their chair, my date leaned forward and asked an honest question that lead to a remarkable conversation. I didn’t tell these women that I’m a phone sex operator. But I can’t help but take inspiration from their lives that had lead them to that moment. That chasing impossible dreams isn’t for the meek. That the respect and love of others is hard earned. And that you should strike up conversations with total strangers as often as possible, for you never know who you might meet or what you might learn.

Lottie "The Body" Graves

Lottie “The Body” Graves

Toni Elling

Toni Elling