Announcing Our Guests of Honor for BurlyCon XI!
Brandy Wilde began her burlesque career in 1961 and worked the American circuit as a feature. In 1968 she headlined as the first burlesque act in Singaporean history. That year she became the first American headliner at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris and performed as “Candy Capitol, The Good Girl.” Representing the Crazy Horse, she performed the first striptease on German national television. She returned to the US in 1970 and danced at the Club Largo and the Pink Pussycat in LA.
One class you won’t want to miss is her Writing a Memoir workshop. She’ll discuss the process of writing her first book, her autobiography. She’ll read a few excerpts from her memoir and discuss her personal journey writing her most intimate moments for others to read. Hear all about her life as an international showgirl and her experience as an out and proud lesbian starting in the late 1950s. Plus you can pick up her book now on Amazon!
Along with out Burlesque Legend Brandy Wilde, we’re also bringing two remarkable women that have helped shape burlesque in one way or another.
One of today’s top burlesque performers, Angie Pontani dazzles on stages around the world, as well as carries her art into other fields and genres, including film, fitness, writing and television. This Brooklyn bump-n-grind bombshell has spread the gospel of burlesque across the globe. The New Yorker calls Angie, “first rate, the perfect centerpiece!” Angie holds burlesque’s highest honor, the title of Miss Exotic World as given to her by the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.
Angie will be teaching a couple of classes this year including: Struts, Bumps, Grinds AND Shimmies: Master the pop, drop, bump, grind & stroll & learn how to integrate these moves with seamless transitions. In this workshop you will get a chance to learn some classic power moves and techniques!
Seattle lowbrow artist and genre film preservationist Lisa Petrucci has been involved with the nostalgic mail order video company Something Weird Video since 1994. She has been researching and writing about sexploitation cinema for decades and is continuing to keep the legacy of her deceased husband, SWV founder Mike Vraney, alive and relevant in today’s home video market and theatrical film distribution outlets.
Lisa will be teaching: History of Classic Burly-Q & Sexploitation Cinema – During the 1940s through the 1960s, Burlesque houses and grindhouse theaters across America showed feature length films of live burlesque stage shows, starring some of the biggest names in Striptease: Tempest Storm, Lili St. Cyr, Dixie Evans, Jennie Lee, Patti Waggin, Bettie Page. Film clips, display of original Burlesque paper ephemera, and memorabilia will be shown!