Meet The Troupe

Axis D’Evil

Axis D’Evil brings her boundless reserves of energy to the stage as a member of the Garter Girls Burly-Q Revue in Calgary, Alberta. She believes that strong, sensual and idiosyncratic female characters are worth investigating and representing through burlesque performance.

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Bea Lissisma

The pearl of the prairies, Miss Bea Lissima, has been an avid member of the burlesque community in Calgary, Alberta, Canada since 2006 and has been a permanent member of The Garter Girls since its inception in 2007. She has had the pleasure of taking classes from incomparable burlesque performers such as Perle Noire, Miss Indigo Blue, Catherine D’Lish, Ray Gunn, and Waxie Moon. Bea has performed at the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival, the Las Vegas Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend’s Movers, Shakers, and Innovators night with Raven Virginia in 2013, Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo in 2010, 2012, and 2013, the 1st Hollywood Burlesque Festival, and the 2nd Asian Burlesque Spectacular in New York. She has also produced local shows to bring performers such as Mr. Gorgeous, Ray Gunn, Bazuka Joe, Judith Stein, and Peekaboo Pointe to Calgary. (Formerly known as Miyuki Divine)

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Bella Gold

Bella Gold has been performing since childhood and has recently come to burlesque. Bella is inspired by the radical body acceptance of burlesque and the powerful spirit of the women who perform it. She has a stage presence and moves you won’t forget. Get ready for the gold rush!

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Ms. Angels’ passion for burlesque is born from two of her main loves in life: dance and lingerie. Being that Eva has worked in the lingerie field for years and studied dance in many institutions including the U of C dance program, it was only a matter of time before the two loves became acquainted. There was a brief courtship before the two entities came together to express their love in a glorious explosion of garters, gloves, and glitter… LOTS OF GLITTER!! Thus, a passion was born and continues to thrive within this Angel with an Attitude!

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Gardenia Rose

With her porcelain skin and delicate frame, this French beauty brings her own style of feminine grace to the stage. A sensitive soul who is ruled by her emotions, Gardenia Rose cultivates numbers that are both visceral and widely relate-able. Whether it’s the joy of falling in love, the pain of grief and suffering, or pure, unbridled rage, Gardenia offers a stylish and introspective look at what it is to be human. When she is not working it for a crowd, Gardenia likes to spend her time getting her beauty sleep, or listening to antiquated French music and pruning her rose bush.

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A graduate of the most recent session of the Garter Girls School of Burlesque, Lily is new to the burly scene. She grew up playing dress up with her mother’s lingerie, and quickly developed an infatuation with satin and lace. Lily idolized pinup icons and burly queens through high school, often wearing corsets and stockings to math exams. Never one to follow the heard, Lily failed miraculously at ballet and fell into physical theatre instead. Burlesque was the natural progression!

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Equally glamorous and gorgeous as she is geeky, Lottie DeLovely has dazzled audiences in and around Alberta since her graduation from the Garter Girls School of Burlesque in 2012, delighting them with with her dynamite backside, inexhaustible energy, and megawatt smile.

 

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A professional stage actor, Raven became a permanent cast member of The Garter Girls in 2010. Raven’s numbers vary from romantic to raunchy, valuing imagery, character, narrative and emotional connection in all her performances. Notable performances include Lucha VaVoom (Calgary, L.A), Burlesque-A-Pades with Angie Pontani and Murray Hill (’12, ’13), The New Orleans, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton Burlesque Festivals, Girlesque ’15, and The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in 2013. In 2015, Raven was selected out of more than 500 applicants to compete for ‘Best Debut’ at The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas and became one of five Canadians to win a title. Raven is now one of the few Canucks included in the Burlesque Hall of Fame history.

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The Garter Girls resident kitten and Garter Girls School of Burlesque graduate! Sara Von Trease has been performing for just over fifteen years in Striptease, burlesque and performance art. Bringing a history of ballet, jazz and theater into burlesque she hopes to one day expand her repertoire to include Arial artistry and pole dance. A dancer at heart, her performance is always about expression of the heart through movement.

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Calgary’s Sweetheart of Burlesque, Sugar Mae B., has been performing since 2007 and is a founding member of The Garter Girls. Her performance style recalls the glamour of burlesque queens past married with a visceral vulnerability and guileless sense of humour. The result is a dynamic audience/performer intimacy, and a sensual display encompassing all sex: sweet or dangerous, ecstatic or beautifully sad. In addition to regular appearances at Voodoo Lounge, Sugar’s work is shared as an instructor with The Garter Girls School of Burlesque. She has had the distinct honour of performing at a variety of festivals and events including the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival, The High Performance Rodeo, and the Toronto Burlesque Festival.

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SVEN (ME!) HAS BEEN WITH THE GARTER LADIES FOR MANY MOONS, AND MANY ATTEMPTS AT IMMIGRATION!!! UNTIL THAT GOES THROUGH, HE’LL ALSO BE A NANNY!!!

Translation: Sven has been Raven’s play toy for years and emcees our shows.

OH RIGHT! I MARRIED THAT HOT CHICK!!! OH, CANADA!!!

 

 

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