January 24, 2015

A Burlesque Evening with Improv-a-Tease

Did you make it to the 5th Annual Shimmy Showdown? On January 22, Tessa von Twinkle and Lola van Ella kicked off the three night burlesque extravaganza with Improv-A-Tease: Live! at the Bootleg, a new performance space in Atomic Cowboy. Performers walk on stage completely unaware of the song or style of music Improv-a-Band was about to play, and yet they gave it their all.

Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.

See also:
-Photos: The Shimmy Showdown at Off Broadway (NSFW)
-Photos: The Year in Burlesque 2014 (NSFW)
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Reigning Shimmy Showdown champion Siobhan Atomica from Lexington, Kentucky.
Reigning Shimmy Showdown champion Siobhan Atomica from Lexington, Kentucky.
Clownvis Presley, The king of Clowns knows how sing and how to work that banana magic.
Clownvis Presley, The king of Clowns knows how sing and how to work that banana magic.
Foxy le Feelion, local lady and 2012 Shimmy showdown champ.
Foxy le Feelion, local lady and 2012 Shimmy showdown champ.
Foxy le Feelion, local lady and 2012 Shimmy showdown champ.
Foxy le Feelion, local lady and 2012 Shimmy showdown champ.
Bombshell Gurl Haggard from Indianapolis.
Bombshell Gurl Haggard from Indianapolis.
Gurl Haggard from the backside.
Gurl Haggard from the backside.
It gets hard to keep a beat when distractions such as Gurl Haggard and her feather boa bend and shake.
It gets hard to keep a beat when distractions such as Gurl Haggard and her feather boa bend and shake.
Lolla Von Ella sharing another beautiful talent with the audience --her voice. No lip-synching here.
Lolla Von Ella sharing another beautiful talent with the audience --her voice. No lip-synching here.
Jeez Loueez from Chicago takes gulps of PBR in between losing a few garments. PBR and burlesque: is there anything better?
her act was playing drunk and stripping
Jeez Loueez from Chicago takes gulps of PBR in between losing a few garments. PBR and burlesque: is there anything better? her act was playing drunk and stripping
Jeez Loueez.
Jeez Loueez.