Meet the beautiful creatures of Boulder Burlesque
Founded in 2011, Boulder Burlesque is based on Madame Merci’s practice of Conscious Burlesque®, a dance practice that helps women fire up their inner spark, evoke their sensual nature, and explore their hidden shadows. Before they take the stage, all of our troupe performers complete an in depth 5-week workshop which includes a unique combination of character development, choreography, and contemplative group process that empowers each dancer to explore and express the erotic sides of themselves to their full fruition. Through authentic movement, intimate community, and sacred performance Boulder Burlesque performers invite everyone to discover what has been missing – their innate fire.
Madame Director, Founder of Conscious Burlesque
Madame Merci is a French Russian fire house who wields a fierce whip. She exposes the sexual wounds and sensitivities of our culture. She awakens the sexual power in others through her relationship with her self. She reclaims the sexual taboo of our times: the profane as sacred.
Beginning Troupe Choreographer, Pole Dance Instructor, Leadership Team, Advanced Performer
Lead Costumer, Venue and Production Manager, Leadership Team, Advanced Troupe Performer
Sensual and salacious, colorful and coy, Mademoiselle Tangerine is full of tangy sweetness. You’ll rarely see her without her signature splash of orange color. She cultivates a powerful fire as the Secretary of the State of Gender Equality and Venue and Production Manager for Boulder Burlesque. A true cultivator of eroticism, Mlle Tangerine welcomes you to come have a taste of her flavors, from tart citrus pucker to saccharine.
Social Media Maven, Advanced Troupe Performer
Straight outta America’s Heartland, and indefinitely undercover, you’ll never see Agent Sauvage unless it’s her intention.
Her magnetism is undeniable: a potent embodiment of intellect and raw sensuality. Those who have been fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to land on the receiving end of her penetrating gaze can attest.
Life, love, and sexuality are just a series of interconnected puzzles to solve. Agent can’t disclose why she’s here, or for how long, but if you ask her nicely she might teach you how to shoot a 9mm, speak French, or write logic proofs.
Event Promoter, Advanced Troupe Performer
Harley was born and raised in Santa Monica, CA during the time when rock’n’roll and flared jeans were a way of life. Wild by nature, she moved out of her family’s home at the young age of 14 where she found her passion for dancing. When she stumbled into a hole in the wall motorcycle-loving joint to earn some extra cash, the bar keeper pointed to the stage and said if she could dance she had the job. Jaws dropped and eyes stared at her while she danced like she owned the room.
This is where Harley was born. She made it, she supported herself while being able to be free. Free like the rebel heart she is. Lover of everyone but attached to no one. Men she never needs, but men’s egos she will feed. Velvet, band tees, cigarette smoking, furry things, motorcycle riding, glamour queen — she is the one you want, but you will never have.
Costumer, Advanced Troupe Performer
Lay-die Shade was a child of the woods who played with mice in a barn when she wasn’t wrestling with her older brothers. She left the country side of the Pacific Northwest at sixteen to embark on foot into the urban wilderness of street performers and fire dancers.
Her feral mystique entranced a crowd of people on the day she began to stomp her feet and gyrate in the Gypsy manner infused in her blood. During her travels she witnessed the story society tells themselves about sex; the lies, the oppression, the collective eroticism swept under a corrupt rug.
Now she is Lay-die Shade: a warrior of Eros. A wily rascal who plays like a fox. She exudes a sprightly energy and sense of adventure, while challenging the taboos and more serious matters of sexuality.
Do not be swayed by her dainty physique, which can be ruggedly commanding when you least expect it. Always one alluring step ahead, she will draw you in with her blissful innocence before changing the rules at the last second, to leave you blinking in humbled bewilderment.
Videographer, Advanced Troupe Performer
Mordecai is a sorcerer with amazing moves to titillate, tantalize, and make you teary eyed.
Treasurer, Advanced Troupe Performer
Subtle, seductive and quick as a whip: Miss Sarah Sparkles will surely surprise you.
Her doe eyes will draw you in, while her body moves in ways that have you questioning everything you thought you once knew. Miss Sparkles is dazzling to the eyes, with the wit to back it up. It’s the classic tale of a demure, severely underestimated small-town girl; and she has escaped her underwhelming former life for the chance to express her bold, crafty, sensual self to the world.
By day, she’s that sexy librarian with all of the information and no time for questions. Her evening dances are her outlet for sensuality and self-expression. The duality in her life adds even more fuel to her passion and wild self-abandon on the stage.
She invites her audiences to revel with her- to bask in the freedom and divinity of pure pleasure for pleasure’s sake.
Leadership Team, Advanced Troupe Performer
The cosmic union of sun and moon enticed Sassy Cassy to this earthbound plane. This playful little paradox of light and dark, salty and sweet, is as much a trick as she is a treat. Her benevolence is beguiling, yet you’ll beg for more. She’ll betray your senses, but you’ll obediently submit, blinded by her starry light…
Website and Blog Manager, Advanced Troupe Performer
Switch is from the concrete swamp of the deep South — the thick air of New Orleans summers that taught him well that sweat was a sign of life and nothing to be ashamed of. She’s inspired by the old school crooners that wooed his mother and inspired her father. He’s called by the power of small intimacies and driven mad by the fact that this world doesn’t greet every woman as the goddess she is. If there’s one goal Switch has on stage, it’s to make sure that women in the audience know they are loved; she wants every woman to know the divine inside her.
By spell or by touch or by sway, Switch strives to share the truth of his love. And it’s this: Switch loves every woman in this room.
Switch is here for you. Every time she arrives, he arrives for you and you only. Switch wants to know your heartbeat and how to quicken it. She’ll find your buttons. Don’t worry, love. He always does.
Production Co-Manager, Advanced Troupe Performer
Valkyrie Rose took physical form 43 years ago to assuage the excruciating compassion and daily dealings with death involved in her first life as a deity. Her raven friends, Huginn (Thought) and Munin (Memory) still visit her every day in her mortal form to bring back stories to Odin, the AllFather. Because stories are life, and intelligence is smoking hot. Let’s give them a good story to tell him, yes?