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Midwest Burlesque Festival

APRIL 4-7 2019




We are seeking the best variety of burlesque acts to include: vaudeville, ecdysiasts, nerdlesque, boylesque, draglesque, classic burlesque, neo-burlesque, singers, magicians, comedians and group acts to perform in the 2019 Midwest Burlesque Festival in Wichita, KS.

We are unable to accommodate fire acts. Silks, aerial and pole performers may apply if you are able to bring in your own portable rigs or pole.

All levels are encouraged to apply.

The Midwest Burlesque Festival will take place April 4-7, 2019

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Our Guests

Burlesque Legend, Bambi Jones (provisionally)

Headliners: TBD

Judges: Bambi Jones, TBD


schedule of events


April 4th meet and greet at Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge

Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge, formally the old Marple Theatre, was constructed in 1908. The Marple Theatre (eventually becoming the Victory House Theatre) was where burlesque legend Gypsy Rose Lee first performed.


April 5th Opening Showcase at the Historic Cowtown Museum, Empire House Theatre

Old Cowtown Museum is a working museum which attributes and reflects life in the frontier from the late 1860’s-1870’s in the form of a village, including the theatre located in Empire Hall, built in 1908 and seats approximately 70.


April 6th Deluxe Showcase at the Wichita Scottish Rite

The classic stage at The Wichita Scottish Rite, built in 1908, has hosted other burlesque legends, including Gypsy Rose Lee and Sally Rand. The beautiful theatre seats approximately 1,200, including a 700-seat balcony, and comprises of 102 elaborate hand-painted scene backdrops from the early 1900’s. Along with the Tiffany stained glass work and domed skylight, the theatre is stunning and gratifying to perform on.

April 6th Deluxe Showcase Gala

At the end of the show, we will bring in the DJ and turn the stage into a dancefloor as we celebrate and finish dancing the night away with performers and our patrons. The Midwest Burlesque Festival title holders will be announced during the gala.

April 7th Workshops

A variety of workshops will be held throughout the day at Sway Ballroom and Flow Foundry. Workshops will include Connecting to Your Inner Burlesque, Bumps and Grinds, Tassel Twirling, Clowning Around in Burlesque, Aerial, Belly Dancing and more.

What you are getting with the application fee

Submit up to 2 acts for $30

Submit up to 4 acts for $40

Group submission is $40

If you are accepted to perform you will be allowed entry into both showcases along with the gala. If you perform in the Friday showcase, you will be given a special promo code for a friends/ family discount. If you perform in the Saturday showcase, you will be given a plus one comp ticket. If you are not accepted, you will be given a special promo code to use to attend the event at a discount.

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The Showcases

Friday’s opening showcase is a performance only and will not be eligible to compete for a title; however, an Audience Favorite Award will be given based on votes from the audience. They will then go on to perform in Saturday’s Deluxe Showcase. Saturday’s Deluxe Showcase is a competition to compete for titles. If you are accepted to perform in the Deluxe Showcase, you are automatically in the running for a title, except the Audience Favorite from the opening showcase. Titles include, but are not limited to: Best Ensemble, Funniest, Best Costume, Sexiest Tease, Soloist, Best of the Midwest Burlesque Fest.


The Application Process

Applications are not considered complete until all registration is paid. Please ensure the name on the payment matches the name in the application to avoid confusion. The last day to apply is January 25, 2019. All applicants will be notified on or around February 1, 2019.


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Application Fee

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A $2 Commerce Service Fee will be applied.

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