New Mexico’s Largest Burlesque Festival Offers Award-Winning Performers and Burlesque Classes

International burlesque celebrity April March will take the stage and teach one of 15 burlesque classes, alongside many other award-winning burlesque performers at “ABurlyQ! Burlesque and Sideshow Spectacular,” Aug. 21-24. Tickets on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

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"The First Lady of Burlesque," April March, will teach a bulesque class in "the Elegant Striptese" at “ABurlyQ! Burlesque and Sideshow Spectacular,” Aug. 21-24. March earned her nickname due to her re

"This weekender will be a complete sensory experience filled with enough Swarovski crystals, shimmering bodies and sparkling personalities to make it visible from across the galaxy" said festival organizer Vivian MirAnn of The Gilded Cage Dance Studio.

Albuquerque, New Mexico (PRWEB) August 07, 2014

Award-winning performers and the “First Lady of Burlesque,” living burlesque legend April March, will take the stage and teach a class on “The Elegant Striptease” at “ABurlyQ! Burlesque and Sideshow Spectacular,” Aug. 21-24 at the African American Performing Arts Center. Now in its third year, “ABurlyQ!” has grown from a single-night event to the most popular burlesque festival in New Mexico, a 4-day extravaganza filled with galas, performances and 15 workshops focused on the art and style of burlesque, boylesque, belly dance, sideshow arts, vaudeville and aerial performance and featuring performers from across North America. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $18 for mid-house tickets and $20 for VIP at, or by calling Brown Paper Tickets’ 24/7 event concierges at 1-800-838-3006.

"This weekender will be a complete sensory experience filled with enough Swarovski crystals, shimmering bodies and sparkling personalities to make it visible from across the galaxy," said festival organizer Vivian MirAnn of The Gilded Cage Dance Studio. “Burlesque classes have become just as popular as the performances – everyday ladies love the glamour and empowerment that burlesque offers.”

Burlesque classes taught by festival performers are scheduled throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, offering topics such as “Intro to Solo Blues Dancing,” “Beginning Acrobalance,” “High End Costuming Hacks” and “Burly Yoga.” The weekend's headliners will also be teaching classes with April March giving a class on “The Elegant Striptease” and Friday night’s headline performer, Kitten de Ville, offering a class on bump and grind movement.

California's “Queen of the Quake” and Friday night's headliner Kitten de Ville started her career in 1994 with Los Angeles' legendary burlesque troupe The Velvet Hammer. She has starred in television shows, independent films and has been featured in several burlesque documentaries. She has also has been featured in music videos by J-Lo, The Cramps and Rob Zombie.

Saturday night's headliner and New York’s living burlesque legend, April March, was named “The First Lady of Burlesque” at the peak of her popularity in the early 1960s, due to her resemblance to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the first lady of the United States at the time. She was also the only burlesque performer to be written up in Sports Illustrated in the June 1964 issue, for being the president of the Ladies' Golf Association in Tulsa, OK.

The festival will kick off with a Swing Dance Meet & Greet Party on Thursday. Friday will feature classes during the day followed the Friday night show headlined by Kitten de Ville. Saturday will also feature a full day of classes followed by Saturday night's show, headlined by April March. Saturday night's show will be followed by the closing party at the Gilded Cage dance studio. The weekend will be topped off by a Sunday brunch.

For more information and a complete listing of classes and workshops, visit the "ABurlyQ!" web site at, or follow the event on Facebookár. Physical tickets are available for purchase at the Gilded Cage School for the Creative Arts (formerly the Gilded Cage School of Burlesque) at 233 San Pedro NE in Albuquerque, at Ten Penny Tattoo LLC at 225 San Pedro NE, and online at


EDITOR’S NOTE: High-resolution photos of last year’s "ABurlyQ!" and of any of the featured artists for "ABurlyQ!" 2014 are available. If you would like to interview April March, or producers Raven Del Rio and Jane DeVito of the Gilded Cage School for the Creative Arts, or if you’d like April March to appear in full costume, in-studio for a broadcast interview, call Raven Del Rio at (505) 266-4228. April March is also willing to allow your blogger or reporter to participate in a short version of her class “The Elegant Striptease” Monday, Aug. 18 at 1 p.m., as a way to obtain your own unique angle for covering “ABurlyQ!”

More About the Headliners:
April March: April March is a prominent star of American burlesque, and was a headlining act from 1952 to 1978. During her more than 30 year career, she gained popularity throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe for her classy and sophisticated striptease, which you can see emulated by modern burlesque performers to this day. She worked with the top performers of the day such as Lili St. Cyr, Blaze Starr, Rose La Rose and Ann Corio, and inspired two songs to be written specifically for her: “Blues for April” and “Springtime for April.” April has since returned to the festival circuit to perform her elegant acts on the big stage, and to teach burlesque performers of all skill ranges in her sought-after classes. The Gilded Cage is proud to have this pioneering performer as their Living Legend for 2014!

Kitten DeVille: Kitten deVille will bring 20 years of burlesque performance experience to the Duke City. Known worldwide as “The Embodiment of Burlesque,” Kitten performs and headlines with a variety of top musicians and performers from around the globe. She is credited as one of the originators of the new burlesque movement, and started her career in 1994 with The Los Angeles-based troupe The Velvet Hammer, whose sold-out shows were responsible for reviving the art of burlesque worldwide. Kitten has starred in numerous documentaries on burlesque, as well as in videos from such musical luminaries as Jennifer Lopez, Rob Zombie, as well as punkabilly legends The Cramps.