Derby isn't the only racy competition occurring Saturday. Kentucky's burlesque scene will take place in the national Burlypicks competition Saturday at 9 p.m. at Art Sanctuary in Germantown. There will be 21 local and national burlesque and variety acts taking the stage by storm for a chance to win a cash prize and move on to represent Kentucky in Los Angeles. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door.
Some of the highlights of the show include Va Va Vixens' Victoria doing cube aerial, Wisconson's Claira Bell doing lyra aerial, and a comedic contortionist Mason Doodle, who can put his entire body through three tennis rackets.
The Burlypicks competition is brought to Kentucky by Crystal Swarovski (who has been naked onstage in 19 countries) and is tied in with her online zine Burlesque Bitch. "Burlesque Bitch is committed to re-expanding the definition of burlesque to include all the variety that made it a national treasure and world wide entertainment phenomenon. "
A local performer Khristina Smith (aka Hot Damn) has been handling the promotion and production work to pull the event off on Derby night in Kentucky (and another in New Orleans); she can be contacted at Kdsmith2011@yahoo.com for more information. Art Sanctuary is at 1433 South Shelby Street. There will be a wine/beer cash bar.
A full line up (as submitted by production team):
Victoria of the Va Va Vixens dances and performs aerials with a passion you have to see to believe! Her grace and poise will reach out to you and envelop you. She's an ethereal wisp of light who will truly help you feel the emotions in her numbers. Victoria will be performing a Cube aerial piece on Derby at Art Sanctuary for Burlypicks Kentucky!!!
In her first ever burlesque appearance, Millenia will be singing, dancing, and spinning to a medley of songs in her favorite genre she calls "trashy pop." Welcome our newest aspiring starlet and New Age Goddess Millenia!
APPEARING at BPKY: Lola of the Va Va Vixens brings a unique blend of funny and sexy, reminiscent of Lucille Ball, to her often humorous stripteases and group skits. Expect facial expressions galore from this uber talented siren! Lola Licious!
Polly Pinhead has been performing Tribal Fusion Belly Dance for 5 years at festivals and various events. On Derby, she will be bringing her fusion fluid flow to Burlypicks Kentucky!
Known as the Sassy Seamed lady, Foxy La Feelion has been in the burlesque scene for about 10 years now. As a classically trained dancer, she has studied with companies such as Twyla Tharp, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor and much more! She began twirling her tassels as a member of the Alley Cat Revue. Currently Foxy is a solo artist, choreographer for the Hoochie Coochie Girls and Beggars Carnivale! She can be seen all over the country demonstrating her famous ass cheeks glove removal! Foxy is Kansas City burlesque festival Queen 2012 and Shimmy Showdown champion of 2012! We are very excited to welcome the incredible Foxy La Feelion!!
Seraphina has mesmerized audiences from coast to coast with the ancient art of belly dance. Come see her on our stage at Derby performing a daring double sword dance! Welcome Seraphina Bellydance!
Träshique D'Lamour is the Co Owner and Head Administrix of Tinderbox Circus Sideshow. She has been performing sideshow and burlesque for 4 years. She specializes in vaudeville performance including bawdy songs, singing, skits, and routines and classic bump 'n' grind.
Columbus, Ohio's first--and still most unforgivable boylesque artist. He performs with The Ooh-La-Las Burlesque, which was the award-winning-est troupe at Burlypicks Ohio in March. A man of many plans, few clothes, and no principles: Serge Le Sinister.
This sexy siren will turn her hourglass curves back to the days of old magic, epic battles for good and evil, and rock n' roll. Become enchanted by this 70's fantasy sexploitation. Here she is, the wild, wild Freya West!
Miss Claira Bell is a burlesque-aerial artist who will be gracing our stage with her singing talents and fusion performance on the lyra! Making a trip all the way from Milwaukee, Wisconsin-Miss Claira Bell!
Beautiful Inside and Out! Hostess with the Mostest and Dominatrix for the evening! You know her from stage and screen and Va Va Vixens FAME! I am VERY PROUD to announce the multi-talented singer, dancer, and comedic genius of the charismatic Lee Ann Cooper as emcee of Burlypicks Kentucky 2014!
Artemis Moon has been a featured entertainer at the Nerdlesque Festival and is a member of Broken Halo Burlesque in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is coming to us with an act that is sure to wet your appetite for more!
Venus Pearl of the Va Va Vixens has been dancing for 10 years and is trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, and latin ballroom. She brings sexy, sassy, and classy to the stage. You won't be able to take your eyes off of this gorgeous gem!
APPEARING at BPKY: She's the loveliest little thing ever to escape from the circus! Peach Roulette is a burlesque and hoop performer who has been giving audiences a good time with glitz and a smile with the Ooh-La-Las of Columbus, Ohio since July of 2012. Life's never a gamble when you take a spin with Peach Roulette!
The newest member of Music City Burlesque in Nashville, Tennessee has graced the pages of Black Pinups Magazine & Gothesque Magazine. The Lady of Luxury that always give rise! The incomparable Constance Morewood!
Brigitte Boudoir of the Va Va Vixensfrom Louisville, Kentucky is a true Southern Belle. Originally from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, she has been performing nearly her entire life. She is a singer, actress, flow artist, and dancer with a penchant for a naughty striptease!
Originally, she's from the hills of eastern KY. This performer may be a hillbilly at heart, but she knows how to put the "fox" in foxy-Fox LaFemme!
Ladies and gentlemen! If you don't laugh at his jokes, you will laugh out of discomfort. He's a medical anomaly that will make you wiggle in your seat and scream for more! No need to ask, because he's bound to tell. It's Mason Doodle the Human Noodle!
Moira von Man-Trapp, made infamous by the Firewater Cabaret, is an independent performer from Lexington, KY, renowned for her creativity and energy onstage, alongside some choice bits that just don't quit!
Lady Monster is The TWIRL-inator! and A Queen of the Fire Tassels! Taught by the Living Legend of Burlesque, Satan's Angel, the creator of fire tassel twirling.
Multi-award winning performer (2011 Miss Inner Diva, 2013 Biggest Tease Bedazzled Buffalo & 2014 Shimmy Showdown Champion.) The Lady Who Puts The Ass In Bluegrass-Siobhan Atomica