Headmistress, OPHELIA FLAME
Known as “The Burning Sensation,” Ophelia Flame is a pioneer of the Minneapolis neo-burlesque scene and has performed across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She holds the 1999 Miss Exotic World 2nd Runner-Up and 2012 Reigning Queen of Burlesque 1st Runner-Up titles from The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Ophelia is honored to be the recipient of the 2017 Sassy Lassy Award from the Burlesque Hall of Fame for recognition of her outstanding contribution to the art of Burlesque, her dedication to education and support of the Museum that has spanned over two decades.
Repeatedly voted one of the Top Burlesque Performers in the World by 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, Ophelia Flame has received a Golden Pastie Award from the New York Burlesque Festival and has been featured in The Burlesque Handbook by Jo Weldon, Marie Claire Magazine, and numerous other publications. She has been producing shows since 2004 and teaching burlesque since 2005. Ms. Flame was a creator of Best of Midwest Burlesk, the region’s first burlesque festival, The Minneapolis Burlesque Festival, and brought the international phenomenon Dr. Sketchy's to the Twin Cities in 2008. Ophelia is honored to be on the Board of Directors and an instructor at BurlyCon Seattle, the nation’s premier conference for burlesque artists. She is co-founder and headmistress of Minnesota’s first school of burlesque, The Twin Cities Burlesque Academy . She enjoys anything shiny and cocktails at inappropriate hours.
The Dean of Tease, GINA LOUISE
Gina Louise, co-founder of The Twin Cities Burlesque Academy, has found great joy in teaching the art of burlesque. Her warm and engaging teaching style welcomes all students, no matter what their background. A Minneapolis cabaret artist known for creating innovative events and ensemble performances since 2003, Gina is a producer, emcee, soloist, choreographer, and instructor. Of all her roles onstage and behind-the scenes, teaching is her favorite! Ms. Louise brings a penchant for classic glamour, a twist of kitsch, and a bit of the avant-garde to her projects, including workshops, festivals, fundraisers, and cabarets. She is Founder and Producer of the Minneapolis Burlesque Festival, The Ladyslippers, Emporium of Frolics & Romps, and Kiss of Fire. She originated the Best of Midwest Burlesk Festival and The Peacock Showgirls, and was a founder of the award-winning Lili's Burlesque Revue. Gina has been honored to perform at The Burlesque Hall of Fame and stages across the Twin Cities.