Record Number of Applications Received!

2015 BHoF Weekender, June 4-7, 2015 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

Nearly 500 performers from around the world have applied to perform and/or compete at this year’s Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend! Our selection committee is hard at work reviewing applications and watching videos, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, advance ticket sales have opened applicants and Burlesque Hall of Fame members only, and early bird Weekend ticket sales will start soon!

If you’re interested in participating in the 2014 Weekender as a volunteer, sponsor, vendor, or service provider, please drop us a line at the appropriate email address below:

25th Annual Miss Exotic World and 50th Anniversary of Burlesque Hall of Fame 2015 Weekender will be June 4-7

It’s never too early to get excited for the burlesque world’s biggest event of the year! Join us June 4-7, 2015, for the biggest, Boldest, BESTEST BHoF Weekender yet! We’ll be returning to The Orleans Hotel and Casino to celebrate not just the 58th Annual Striptease Reunion but the 25th Miss Exotic Worldand the 50th anniversary of The Burlesque Hall of Fame! We’re planning some big things to celebrate these incredible milestones, so don’t miss it!

Rooms at our special group rate are already available! Use reservation ID# A5BHC06, or call 1 (800) 675-3267 and give them our group ID: “Burlesque Hall of Fame”. The group rate expires May 1, 2015, and our block will most likely sell out, so the sooner you book, the better. Show tickets will go on sale in the spring with EARLY BIRD TICKETS and DISCOUNTS available exclusively to members! All the more reason to become a member today!

Performers: Updated rules and the application to compete or perform will be available by early November. Once again, we will offer an early submission discount and special pricing on Weekend passes.

Putting on a show as big as the BHoF Weekender takes a lot of hands! You can get involved! To participate in the 2015 BHoF Weekender as a volunteer, sponsor, vendor, instructor, or service provider, drop us a line at one of the email addresses below:

BHoF Weekend, June 4-7, 2015 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino

Midnite Martini, 2014 Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque

Lessons from 2014′s Sparkly Devil Scholarship Winner, Goldie Candela

Our first Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship recipient, Goldie Candela, shares her experiences studying with the legends of burlesque at the 2014 BHoF Weekender.

Goldie Candela

2014 Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship recipient Goldie Candela

As someone who is a complete burlesque history nerd, being named the first recipient of the Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship was a dream come true. I was given the honor of being a guest of the Burlesque Hall of Fame expressly to learn.

The Burlesque Hall of Fame Finishing School, sponsored by BurlyCon, offered classes taught by some of the greatest burlesque legends. The classes were created for a chance to not only learn moves and techniques from each legend, but in my experience, it truly gives one a chance to learn about the lives of these remarkable women. They talk about why they started stripping, how long they had performed, what the world was like “back in the day”, as well as telling cautionary tales and giving advice on how to continue “the tease” as the world around us changes.

Miss Toni Elling

Miss Toni Elling

Having women like Gypsy Louise, Tai Ping, Holiday O’Hara, Judith Stein, and one of my all-time favorite women, 2014 Legend of the Year, Ms. Toni Elling, give their time to educate the growing burlesque community is priceless.  They speak as well as listen to our questions and, in some cases, our personal stories, and this is exactly what every attendee of BHoF should be experiencing. Forget the tiara. The competition was created only to help boost attendance to the Hall of Fame, to help preserve our history, and remind the world that burlesque is still here and never left.

Gypsy Louise taught us the importance of concealing and building tension using a negligee or a duster — “Save it for the end”, she would say. Holiday O’Hara had us focusing deep within ourselves and using that focus as a mental exercise to help find and project the power that we all possess as living beings. Since being home, I have now used this exercise before each show and the difference of focus and energy in my routines feels like night and day. One of the best warm-ups you can do for yourself is focus on you and the power you possess. Only with this can you truly command your audience.

Judith Stein’s class helped teach me that no matter what the current fad in costuming may be, or even choreography, at the end of the night you must be you on that stage and no one else. You should learn from your peers but never be a copy of someone else. Find the move that you love and make it yours. Be a “SELF-made stripper”. Miss Toni Elling teaches more than movements, she teaches you to remember to enjoy yourself. Have fun on that stage and love your audience. Through her “Parade, Pose, and Peel” class she helps you do just this, while helping you to project the “Lady” within.

Dee Milo

Dee Milo

As the scholarship recipient, I had the honor of being one of the Legends’ escorts for the weekend.  I was paired with a woman who can only be described as a dream. I will forever refer to her as “The Phoenix” of Burlesque. The one and only Venus of Dance, Dee Milo. Her heart, strength, knowledge, and story taught me lessons I still cannot put into words. I have made a friend for life and gained a mentor who will continue to challenge me by reminding me to “Feel it!”

I challenge next year’s recipient, as well as the rest of the community, to absorb the words of these legends. Embrace the education you are being gifted with. Get yourself in your seat for Friday Night’s Legends showcase; Titans of Tease is the show that exemplifies why we come together once a year and how we’ve come so far in keeping burlesque thriving through the decades. Wake up and get to the Legends panel! You can learn so much about yourself by hearing the voices and experiences of the past.

The team behind Burlesque Hall of Fame has made it their duty to ensure our community is given every chance to educate themselves first-hand on burlesque history. By creating the Master Classes and setting up the ‘Shimmy Shuttle’ that leaves from The Orleans to the Burlesque Hall of Fame museum several times a day, they make it so easy to submerse yourself in our culture and history.

I went with friend and fellow Austin Burly Q honey, Sherry Bomb, to the Museum in order to get my fill.  To be surrounded by the past is a feeling I have always enjoyed. To see in person the costumes and photos of performers who came before us is an emotional experience. Then, as we turned to the last corner of the museum, I see the Sparkly Devil exhibit.  It was breathtaking and highlighted her Pleasantville routine that she competed with in the 2011 Tournament of Tease.  It was standing right beside the legends of the past filled me with even more love and admiration.

Leaving the museum it became clearer in my mind more than ever: One day some of us may be considered Legends of Burlesque. Our photos and costumes may stand right beside those of Jennie Lee and Dixie Evans. Let’s make sure there is still a place where future fans and performers may see them. It’s truly easy and honestly quite affordable, if I can afford it you can, to become a Member of the Burlesque Hall of Fame.

My experience is one I will never forget or take for granted.  I left my first BHoF experience with a more empowered attitude within myself and a stronger passion for my own style of burlesque, not to mention having fallen more in love with our burly family, which I did not think was possible.

All my love,

Goldie Candela

2014 Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship recipient

The Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship was founded in 2014 to honor the memory of performer, mentor, and BHoF Legends Challenge founder Sparkly Devil, who passed away in 2013. In keeping with Sparkly’s efforts to build bridges between the legends of burlesque and the new generations of performers, the Scholarship allows a community member to attend the Weekender, take classes with the Legends, and act as an escort to a Legend for the entire four days. Recipients are selected based on a combination of need, community involvement, and willingness to learn from the Legends and pass that knowledge on to their peers. Applications for 2015 will open this fall; please visit http://bhofweekend.com/attend/sparkly-devil-memorial-scholarship/ for more information and to apply when the application goes live.

2014 Weekender Legends

The Legends of the 2014 BHoF Weekender, onstage!

More Individual Night Tickets Are Available!

Following the conclusion of four-day Weekender Pass sales, the 2014 Weekender Production team is pleased to announce that more individual showcase night tickets are now available! Head to GlitterTix.com now for admission to the best of the best in burlesque performance entertainment.

Click here to purchase your Weekender Pass!

For an updated listing of our 2014 performers, please head to our Showcase page.

Tickets may be available on-site pending availability, the BHoF Weekender Registration table will have the most updated information. Check our Schedule of Events for registration location and times.

Weekender Pass Update

2014 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender, June 5-8 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las VegasIndividual night tickets for the 24th Annual Tournament of Tease competition are sold out!

But fret not, Weekender Passes with access to all four showcases are still available on GlitterTix, secure your seat today!

If you are only seeking individual night tickets, more may be available closer to the Weekender or on-site at our wristband check-in booth, subscribe to our Twitter or Facebook to get the most up-to-date notifications.

We want to thank the community for the enthusiastic support for the last couple of weeks. As always, the production team is resolved to bring the best possible burlesque experience every year, we will see you all in Las Vegas!

Questions regarding tickets? Contact us at tickets@burlesquehall.com.

Now accepting applications for 2014 BHoF Weekender!

Lada Redstar - 2013 BHoF Best DebutThe application for performers wishing to compete in the 2014 Miss Exotic World competition and/or appear in the Thursday night Movers, Shakers, and Innovators Showcase is now live. Go to BHoFApplication.com and start your application today! Performers who have applied before can use the same login — all your information from last year (or back to 2011) has been saved. The deadline is ONE WEEK EARLIER than last year; applications must be submitted by January 27, 2014, at midnight. As before, there is a $10 “early bird” discount for applicants who complete the first two steps (which will take only a few minutes!) and submit their payment by January 6th (and if you submit payment by December 15 and change your mind about applying, we’ll refund half your payment!).
There have been a few changes worth noting this year:

1.    Applicants will no longer receive a free BHoF membership. They will, however, still be eligible for the members-only early-bird Weekender ticket sales and discounts.
2.    Applicants may now submit up to TWO separate applications in a category. The second application will be evaluated completely independently of the first.
3.    There are a number of significant rule changes. Please make sure you review the rules before submitting — this year’s changes are highlighted in red.

If you’re interested in participating in the 2014 Weekender as a volunteer, sponsor, vendor, or service provider, please drop us a line at the appropriate email address below:

SAVE THE DATE: 2014 BHoF Weekender will be June 5-8!

2014 BHoF Weekender, June 5-8
Get out your sparkliest marker and your sexiest calendar and circle June 5-8, 2014. That’s the weekend you’ll be joining us at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for the 2014 BHoF Weekender. Next year marks the 57th Striptease Reunion and the 24th Miss Exotic World, and we’re already working on making it even better than this year’s!

As always, you can reserve your room at our special group rate. Just go towww.orleanscasino.com/groups and use the Reservation ID# A4BHC06, or call 1 (800) 675-3267 and give them our group ID: “Burlesque Hall of Fame”. The group rate expires on May 1, 2014, and our block with very likely sell out, so the sooner you book, the better. Show tickets will go on sale in the spring and like last year, we will make them available to applicants and BHoF Members before making them available to the public.

Performers, we’re getting ready for you! We’ll be posting the updated rules for 2014’s competition soon and applications will be live by late October/early November at bhofapplication.com. Due to the ever-increasing number of submissions that need to be reviewed, we will be opening at least one week earlier and closing submissions on January 27, 2014 to give ourselves a little extra time. As we did last year, there will be an early submission discount and special prices for Weekend passes for all applicants. If you’d like to get a better idea of how the selection process works, please take a look at http://burlesquehall.com/2012/10/selection/.

And of course, if you’re interested in participating in the 2014 Reunion Weekend as a volunteer, sponsor, vendor, instructor, or service provider, please drop us a line at one of the email addresses below:

  • Volunteers, service providers, instructors, media, etc. or just general information: info@burlesquehall.com
  • Sponsors, advertisers, gift bag donors: sponsor@burlesquehall.com
  • Vendors: vending@burlesquehall.com

A Clarification about Ticket Sale Dates

A few clarifications about ticket sales:

  1. Weekend passes will be publicly available on March 23. There will be a discount code for early-bird sales that will be announced here.
  2. Tickets for individual nightly shows will go on sale April 6.
  3. If you applied for a school discount, you will receive your code some time next week. Those tickets will also go on sale on March 23, and the discount will be good through April 5.
  4. Right now, BHoF members, including all MEW and Showcase applicants this year and last (applicants are automatically given a 1-year membership), can buy discounted Weekend passes for themselves and a partner through April 5. If you are a member and did not receive a discount code last week, please email info@burlesquehall.com and we’ll get you sorted.

Hope that helps. I know a lot of you are seeing tweets and posts saying “I just bought my tickets” and wondering how that could be — now you know.

You CAN book group rate rooms at the Orleans now at http://www.orleanscasino.com/burlesque; the group rate expires May 1, but is likely to sell out before then so reserve your room as soon as you can!

Members and Applicants Pre-Sale Now Live!

Hey 2013 Applicants! We just emailed out the presale code to you. Check your email! (And maybe your spam folders!) If it doesn’t come through soon, drop us a line at 2013@bhofapplication.com.