Jo ´Boobs´ Weldon
(New York, USA)
Jo Weldon, aka Jo Boobs, is pioneer in the neo-burlesque movement, a strip joint stripper since 1980 who became a touring feature dancer and fetish performer, then joined the New York Burlesque community in the 1990s. Since then, she has toured the world as a burlesque performer, rounding her heels on stages from Coney Island to Sydney Harbor. She has appeared on the list of 21th Century Burlesque's Top 50 Burlesque Industry Figures every year for ten years.
She founded and has been running the New York School of Burlesque since 2004, and is the author of The Burlesque Handbook, the first book ever published on how to create classic and neo burlesque routines. She recently published her second book: FIERCE: The History of Leopard Print.
She has produced six burlesque instructional video programs with World Dance New York, is a founding member and Vice-President of BurlyCon, and co-executive Director of Education at The Burlesque Hall of Fame. She has been an influential sex workers' rights advocate for over two decades.
Dubbed the The Royal Captivator she is Australian Burlesque Royalty, no-doubt a key person of influence in the burlesque, lingerie, pinup, snake charming, and glamour worlds.
With her swag of accolades from Miss Burlesque Australia to competing in Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend this Melbourne born Australian was born for the spotlight as dancer and theatrical artist and she excels everywhere she performs crafting her works from concept and costume, choreography. She is popular as a headliner around the world form Berlin to Vienna to USA and Australia as well as for corporate events.
Driven by the desire to inspire women around the world she is also an amazing teacher and mentor. Her latest creation is the ultimate glamour prop The King size boa.
Tronicat La Miez
The Feline Fatale, one of the best German and European performers, who is currently standing at number 2 of the top 20 of European Burlesque list in prestigius poll of 21th Century Burlesque magazine.
She electrifies audiences all over the world from New York to Amsterdam, Hamburg, Tokyo, Berlin and Istanbul since 2005, with elegance, flexibility and her unique style.
Many years of experience in different dancestyles and performance art influenced Tronicat´s unique repertoire with attention to detail in her luxurios selfmade costumes. She graduated in costume design and works also as a makeup artist and teacher as well as coach for burlesque and stage presence.
From 2016 on she also appeares on the stage of the infamous Semper Opera, Dresden. She is the winner of „Queen of Neo-Burlesque“ at Amsterdam Burlesque Awards 2014 and a runner up for „International Crown“ at Burlesque World Games London, 2013.
Amazing French legend of burlesque Miss Botero, became our burlesque mama and inspiration since her amazing and hear tugging presence at the last year's festival. She was one of the highlights last year and it will be no different this year.
Miss Botero is going for her 37th year in burlesque, cabaret and freakshows. Internationally featured and known for her emotional or comedy neo acts, she can teach, and she has a loaded brain ready to fire.
Her addiction to stage is what keeps her going even if differently-abled. Her workshops are bound to change the way you see and perform burlesque.
She will perform and also run her career and life changing workshops.
Aleksei von Wosylius
There are not only fabulous ladies in our industry but also the boys so we would like to announce our special guest, the male part of the newly crowned Best Small Group from Burlesque Hall of Fame, Alekseï Von Wosylius, the master of imaginative concepts and lavish visuals.
Originally a professional ballet dancer, Aleksei has been touring the international Burlesque and alternative Cabaret scene for around 5 years. Inspired by ballet, opera, mythology and fairy tales, his characters will sweep you with grace and poetry into his elegant universe and into sensual and dreamlike fantasy-worlds and reveries.
He has appeared in big shows around Europe like Eden show in Blackpool, Sheffield Burlesque festival, Geneva, Stuttgart and Vienna burlesque festivals as well as in New York and New Orleans. He regularly performs in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Holland.