Who We Are

We are a small volunteer organization serving a diverse community of performers, artists, producers, and creatives.  Through our growth, we have created guidelines and policies in order to “be on the same page” and have viable formats for our behavior within the organization, as members of the greater burlesque community, and as an organization.  These are always works in progress and can be improved upon.  We always appreciate feedback as we grow and develop as your Burlesque Educational Resource. To learn more about our Policies please visit HERE.

Who is behind the BurlyCon event? BurlyCon is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Executive Director is Lola Love. The Board of Directors consists of Coco Lectric (President), Jo “Boobs” Weldon (Vice President), Red Delicious (Treasurer), Sandy Beaches (Secretary), Miss Indigo Blue, Baby Doe, Jen Gapay and Ophelia Flame.

The event is organized by a volunteer steering committee, with members from all across the US (and a few from Canada). Our 2019 steering committee is led by Lola Love, Red Delicious, Ri Ri Syn Cyr, Vixen Valentine, Iva Handfull and Fosse Jack. Learn more about them here!

For more information, check out our FAQ page or Contact Us!

BurlyCon’s Mission Statement:

“BurlyCon is a community-oriented professional growth and educational organization for burlesque performers, fans, and aficionados. We conduct educational events to preserve, promote, and advance burlesque as a theatrical art form. We offer classes, workshops, panels, and other educational offerings that further professional skill and development. We are committed to supporting personal transformation through creative artistic expression in the burlesque arts.”

BurlyCon’s Values:

“We value burlesque as a feminist, humanist, and unique American performance art form that has global influence and expression. We are committed to supporting the growth, health, and multicultural diversity of the international burlesque community. We seek to ensure affordability and accessibility of continuing education in our art form.”

What to Expect

BurlyCon is an annual community-oriented professional growth and educational organization for burlesque performers, producers, and those wanting to gain more experience within the burlesque community. Our aim is to further the current development and historical knowledge of this unique American art form, especially in light of burlesque’s resurgence worldwide. BurlyCon is committed to providing an affordable opportunity for performers of all levels to learn, grow, and develop their skills.

So what will take place at BurlyCon? Workshops, panels, dance parties and more- almost everything except for a live burlesque show. There are already several huge national (and international) festivals in which performances play a central role. At all these events, participants want more time for networking, education, and social activities. Performers seek opportunities to focus on each other without the pressure of an impending competition or performance. BurlyCon was created to fill this need, and provides space for these opportunities and more. As such there are NO shows at BurlyCon. We do offer Peer Reviews which is an educational chance for some (lottery chosen) performers to workshop an act and gain feedback from an expert panel as well as their peers. However, this is not a competition and is the only “performance” held at BurlyCon.

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