PNW Burlesque Festival believes it's of the utmost importance to celebrate artists of all sizes and body types, LGBTQ+ artists and artists from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. We are committed to continuing and growing the burlesque community by reflecting all members, and curating safe and inclusive spaces for performers and attendees. Our mission is to empower individuals to create movement and body connected art through powerful and creative performance, and to provide an exciting platform for sharing that art. We believe that through the medium of Burlesque, we can love and appreciate ourselves as well as have a positive effect on the community around us.
Valerie Veils, known for her strength and grace, is an internationally renowned, award winning burlesque performer who has been dazzling crowds up and down the West Coast since 2008. This tattooed tart brings you the trifecta of tease by combining humor, sensuality, and keen-edged acrobatic skill which has earned her reputation of one of the best powerhouse performers around. “The Heroine of the Hoochi Coo” Valerie has had the privilege of performing at festivals across the country and holds the titles of Queen of Roses 2014, Best Burlesque at the Arizona Burlesque Festival 2016, and Mx. Humboldt Burlesque 2018.
Valerie is a producer/member of the renowned burlesque troupe TUSH! Burlesque, co-producer of the PNW Burlesque Festival, and teaches classes and workshops throughout the Puget Sound area.
A slinky, sinuous mover on stage — Sly Violet is known for her dance background and her use of unusual physical elements in her performances.
Sly has been gracing stages for more than 12 years, and worked within many genres, including: Performing as a fire dancer, a choreographer, belly dancer, and an aerial circus performer. For the past five years Sly has been an active member of the renowned burlesque troupe TUSH! Burlesque. She aspires to (and delivers) something unusual, sensual, varied… and always deeply rhythmic… to the burlesque stage.
An installation and comedic performance artist first and foremost, Bettie Beelzebub first performed burlesque as Lester Crafty The Bearded Lady at George Barker’s graduation show at UCLA entitled “Side Show Freaks” in 2006. With TUSH! Burlesque, and a new name, Bettie continued the work of Lester Crafty in her effort to explore the fine line between funny, beards, sad clowns, and boobies. With self-deprecating, sarcastic, unique humor that is loved by many but understood by few, Bettie pushes her vision of burlesque by literally dancing with the devil, ripping her clothes apart and falling down…a lot.