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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Miss Indigo Blue is the 2011 Reigning Queen of Burlesque

It was a big night for the Seattle burlesque community as Miss Indigo Blue was crowned the Reigning Queen of Burlesque, otherwise still known as Miss Exotic World among the faithful.

Not only did she win that prestigious award at the Tournament of Tease competition at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas, but Lily Verlaine also of Seattle was second runner-up. The first runner-up was Anna Fur Laxis of Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Miss Blue is the headmistress of the Academy of Burlesque and star of the burlesque documentary A Wink and a Smile.

Captain Kidd of Brisbane, Australia, won the title of Reigning King of Boylesque and the award as "Most Dazzling" for his performance featuring dancing with multiple hoops. "Best Group" went to Chicago's Stage Door Johnnies, who were the only boylesque troupe competing in the category. Jett Adore of the Johnnies was also named "Most Innovative" as a solo boylesque contender for his act which he included feathers to create the image of a bird in his dance.

"Best Debut" went to LouLou D'Vil of Tampere, Finland. Also among the winners on Saturday night were "Best Group: The Dolls of Doom of Chicago, which contains Lola Martinet of San Francisco. Their performance had an ocean theme complete with a member costumed as a crab-juggling octopus.

Here is a complete listing of the evening's awards.

Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2011: Miss Indigo Blue

1st Runner-Up: Anna Fur Laxis

2nd Runner-Up: Lily Verlaine

Reigning King of Boylesque 2011: Captain Kidd

Best Debut: LouLou D'Vil

Best Group: Stage Door Johnnies

Most Dazzling: Captain Kidd

Most Comical: Dolls of Doom

Most Innovative: Jett Adore

The judges for the competiton included Living Legend of Burlesque Billie Madley, Australian burlesque producer, agent, and media personality Jac Bowie, 21st Century Burlesque Magazine Editor-in-Chief Holli-Mae Johnson, 2009 Queen of Burlesque Kalani Kokonuts, Living Legend of Burlesque Tiffany Carter, and burlesque collector, boylesque historian, author and DJ Scott Ewalt.
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