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And Now for Something Completely Different!

Bombshell Betty and Fromagique present…
A Burlesque tribute to Monty Python and All Things Ridicul-esque!

We will have killer rabbits, dancing Spam, exploding shrubberies, singing lumberjacks, dead parrot juggling, Departments of Arguments and Abuse, the Spanish Inquisition, a Ministry of Silly Walks striptease and much, much more! You will not want to miss all the fun!

Burlesque acts by:

Bombshell Betty!
Red Velvet!
Pearl E. Gates!
Pickles Kintaro!
Lezzie McFaggerson!
Andi Stardust!
Mistress Marla Spanks!
Carlita Cupcake!
Velvet Vixen!
Cinnamon Stick!
Baby Blue Boom Boom!
Pyro Pantera!
Laura Borealis!
Plus Burlesqueteers so new, they don’t have stagenames yet!
MC’s Patina DeCopper and A. Randy Johnson

With live musical accompaniment by San Francisco’s cheesiest band:
FROMAGIQUE (Bombshell Betty, Patina DeCopper, A. Randy Johnson, B.J. Johnson (no relation), Ezra Lipp)

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Tues. Mar. 1st, 2011
@ The Elbo Room
647 Valencia St (2 blocks from 16th St. BART)
Doors @ 9PM Show 9:30PM

21+ W/ ID

General Admission $10
Table for two: $35 ($30 at the door if they last)

For presale tickets, go here!


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Sci-Fi Burlesque!

Our Sci-Fi themed show at the Elbo Room on Tuesday, September 14, was out of this world! We packed almost 250 people into the upstairs to see the approx. 25 burlesque acts, featuring the debut performances of the most recent Burlesquercise Intensive I graduates! If you missed all the fun, we will be repeating the event with most of the original acts plus a few new ones this Monday, September 20, at the Uptown in Oakland! More info here:


Well bless my Star Wars! All that tassel twirling and shimmy-shimmy of burlesque, at times it seems you can’t turn around with a eyeful of curves hitting you at full speed in this town. Not that I’m complaining. But I must admit, I’ve always been concerned – when do the sci-fi aficionados get  their very own night of burlesque beauties? …Leave it to Bombshell Betty to heed my heart-felt cry for our darling and economically life-affirming nerds (you know we’re a cradle for Tech 2.0 or whatever, right?). Strutting the stage on a very special night at the Elbo Room (Tues/14) will be any number of ladies loving the heroes, the bad guys, the technology, the far-fetched cleavage of the sci-fi genre that you would think just begs for a little more spec-ta-ta-tacular exploitation…

Caitlin Donohue
SF Bay Guardian’s “SexSF” blog

Here are a few photo highlights! You can see many more fabulous photos by SF Station of the show at the Elbo Room here.

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Hello hello HELLO!

My, my! It has been way too long since I posted anything here. Isn’t it always the way of things that when you have SO MUCH going on, updates just don’t happen, while when not much is going on, it is easy to update? Seems like it should be the other way around and there should be  more updates when things are crazy, but so it goes. Too much has happened since last I posted to write about it all and get you up to speed, so I will just post some fun tidbits here instead!

First up, take a look at this great video to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to attend a Bombshell Betty Pinup Workshop:

The “Luxury Edition” Pinup Workshop Tour has been going really well. The photos from the shoots at the various hotels have been amazing! I will post some of my favorite photos here soon, just as soon as I get through picking a handful out of the thousands of photos we’ve shot in the last few months. We have workshops coming up in LA, NYC, Philadelphia, San Francisco (of course), New Orleans, Houston and Seattle, plus more being added to the schedule all the time!

One of my Burlesquercise students, Amy Martin, is a brilliant cartoonist on top of all her other talents. Check out her blog and buy her books! They are genius! Amy’s business card calls her “obscenely feminist” and you’ll see why. Here is a cartoon she did after attending Burlesquercise classes.

NOTE: In burlesque, unlike bellydancing, there is absolutely no problem with your ass shaking when you shake your shoulders! In fact, the more wiggle and jiggle the better, so let it all shake! Yes, really!

We produced a benefit show in July for our local (SF Bay Area) unemployed, under-employed and struggling performers, the $timulus Package Benefit Show. We were sponsored by Whole Foods, Annie’s Social Club, Sweet Petite Baking, and of course Bombshell Betty Dance, and helped raise ~$1500 to help feed our local performers! The event was such a great success that we have decided to continue running these benefit shows every 3 months or so for as long as it is necessary!

In keeping with the $timulus Package theme of the evening, all of the acts involved money, work, the economy, and food. RJ Johnson captured some really great photos from the show, and I have decided to post a few of them here for your enjoyment. You can see more photos from the show and from other shows by RJ Johnson by visiting his Facebook page and LiveJournal galleries. NOTE: I have only posted PG photos here. Enjoy!

Here I am singing with Fromagique! Bandmembers from L to R: Randy Johnson on bari sax, Patina de Copper on trumpet, Ezekiel Pseudonimo on clarinet, and Rusty 2.0 on trombone and backup vocals.

Here I am singing with Fromagique! Bandmembers from L to R: Randy Johnson on bari sax, Patina de Copper on trumpet, Ezekiel Pseudonimo on clarinet, and Rusty 2.0 on trombone and backup vocals.


One dress down, one to go!

One dress down, one to go!


Sultra Violet and Vicious Veronica Voom in "Show Me the Money!" This was Sultra Violet's "solo" debut, with 4 backup dancers.

Sultra Violet and Vicious Veronica Voom in "Show Me the Money!" This was Sultra Violet's "solo" debut, with 4 backup dancers.


Miss Red Velvet looking amazing in green!

Miss Red Velvet looking amazing in green!


This was Kiki Yeah Yeah's solo debut! Woo!

This was Kiki Yeah Yeah's solo debut! Woo!


Miss If-N-Whendy performed a fan dance with fans she made out of trash... very thrifty!

Miss If-N-Whendy performed a fan dance with fans she made out of trash... very thrifty!


Agnes O

Agnes O'God read us a naughty bedtime story...

Randy and I did a skit to "Money Makes the World Go Around"

Randy and I did a skit to "Money Makes the World Go Around"


These girls choreographed this at to "Come on'a My House" in the Burlesquercise Intensive series. Front row, L to R: Kiki Yeah Yeah, Sultra Violet, Vicious Veronica Voom. Back row, L to R: Loreley, ..., and Fina Fatale.

These girls choreographed this routine themselves to "Come on'a My House" in the Burlesquercise Intensive series. They created the costuming themselves after taking the costuming class!


Foxy Chartreuse hamming it up in one of the skits!

Foxy Chartreuse hamming it up in one of the skits!


Holly Highbeams as Lady Liberty!

Holly Highbeams as Lady Liberty!

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Fun Stuff

So much great stuff has been going on around the studio and at shows, it’s time for an update. Over the weekend, we had Living Legend of Burlesque, Isis Starr, present her take on burlesque in a workshop entitled “The Spirit of Burlesque.” On Monday, several students made their performance debuts at the Uptown Tavern in Oakland for the Hubba Hubba Revue‘s Burlesqueteer Night. Congratulations, ladies!

I am very excited to announce the first Luxury Edition Pinup Workshop in San Francisco! That’s right, the acclaimed Bombshell Betty Pinup Workshops have been upgraded at no additional cost to participants, and now take place in a posh suite of a luxury hotel, providing multiple beautiful sets as a backdrop for your transformation and photo shoot. Experience a day of pampering and girly fun in a supportive, body positive environment!

I am also excited about the upcoming Burlesque Choreography series that will include live musical accompaniment by Fromagique, my burlesque jazz band, and I’d like to officially welcome MJ Paul back as aspecialty dance instructor here at the Bombshell Betty Dance studio. Keep reading for more details on all of these great developments!



– 3/15: Luxury Edition Pinup Workshop in SF!
– 3/2: Burlesque Choreography with Fromagique
– 3/12: “Fosse-esque” Burlesque Jazz with MJ Paul



The first Luxury Edition Pinup Workshop in SF takes place on March 15, 3:00-9:00pm, at the Hotel Frank on Union Square, in a newly renovated suite – “A bold new style in a striking palette of black, white andemerald green. Houndstooth-patterned carpet, tufted faux crocodile headboards, sleek leather couches and custom hand-blown glass light fixtures. Stylish bathrooms outfitted in floor-to-ceiling carrera marble.” What a perfect setting for a pinup shoot!

Want to attend a Luxury Edition Pinup Workshop, but you don’t live in San Francisco? The 2009 Pinup Workshop Tour is going to cities such as LA, Seattle, Portland, London, Leeds, Chicago, Boston, NYC, Washington DC, and many more!


With live accompaniment by Fromagique, the burlesque jazz band!

In this special burlesque choreography session, we will be focusing entirely on the choreography for the Burlesquercise acts that are performed with Bombshell Betty’s burlesque band, Fromagique! The band will play the music for the last class in the series, so that you can get some experience performing with a live band. It’s exhilarating and VERY different from performing to a CD. You won’t find another class like this anywhere!

All participants in the Burlesque Choreography series are invited to perform these acts with Fromagique at upcoming shows around the BayArea!

Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm
March 2, 9, 16 & 23

To sign up, go to: http://www.bombshellbetty.net/burlesquercise.html



Starting in March, we are once again offering “Fosse-esque” burlesque jazz classes at the studio, taught by MJ Paul! He is also training to take over teaching the Cardio Can-Can classes! We here at the studio are excited to have MJ back at the studio, teaching his own brand of fun classes with lively choreography. MJ Paul can be found teaching various workshops and master classes throughout California. He is the long-time assistant to Emmy award winner Suzy Miller and has been dance director/resident choreographer for the SF Boylesque performance troupe for the past 18 months. His varied theatre background has included working on productions such as: Cabaret, Damn Yankees, A Christmas Carol with the renowned Gilbert Reed Ballet, 12 Days of Christmas with Ballet Theatre of SLO, Kathy Mata Ballet, Bombshell Betty’s Burlesqueteers, and Fieldwork at Shotwell Studios.

To find out about MJ Paul’s classes, go to: http://www.bombshellbetty.net/burlesquercise.html

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December Burlesqueteer Shows!

This month, you have two very different opportunities to see Bombshell Betty performing with the Burlesqueteers and her new band, Fromagique:

MONDAY, December 15, at the Uptown Club in Oakland and
WEDNESDAY, December 17, at Stagewerx Theater in San Francisco

Details below…

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Uptown Hubba Hubba is back with BOMBSHELL BETTY’S BURLESQUETEERS returning to shimmy, shake & grind their way into your hearts and psyches.

This month will feature a full set by Bombshell Betty and Randy Johnson’s new band, Fromagique, with burlesque performances by Tinky Sparkles, Red Velvet and more! The band debuted at the November Burlesqueteer Night at the Uptown Hubba Hubba to a great response. Come see what all the fuss is about!

Booze, Beauties, Funny Fat Guys & Rockin’ Good Times for all! Now that’s a damn good Monday night!

21 & Up w/I.D.

As always, it’s just FIVE BUCKS all night!

Uptown Night Club
1928 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA
(1 block from 19th Street BART!)

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Sit back and relax in comfortable theater seating while sipping your wine and enjoying the hilarious and delightful acts from your favorite burlesque troupe, the Burlesqueteers!

This month you’re in for a special treat: a FULL burlesque lineup followed by a set with Bombshell Betty’s band, Fromagique. That’s double the show for the price of just one!

Featuring burlesque performances by:

Bombshell Betty
Red Velvet
Holly Highbeems and Josie Starr
Tiger von Claus
Tinky Sparkles
Penny Paperback
Plus burlesque debuts by 3 brand new Burlesqueteers!

Hosted by Odessa Lil, your *thwack!* Mistress of Ceremonies

Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm

$15 at the door
$12 in advance (Will Call only). Order your tickets today!
Presale tickets are available until noon on the day of the show.

Stagewerx Theater
533 Sutter St. @ Powell Street
San Francisco

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Fromagique is now online!

My band, Fromagique, is now on Myspace! Check out two video clips from our first show and friend us while you’re at it. We have two shows coming up in December and we’re working on our schedule for early 2009. Send us a note through the Myspace page or my website if you’d like to be added to the mailing list to find out about upcoming shows.

I am very, very excited about this project, and I hope to see you out at the shows!

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Recent Highlights

Oh my. It seems like the times when I have the most to write about are always the times when I don’t write anything at all. So this is going to be a big update. Here’s a recap of highlights from the last several weeks:

Pinup Workshop in a Book, RELEASED!

Presales for my book, “Plain Jane to Pinup Queen: Pinup Modeling Workshop in a Book,” were shipped out a day ahead of schedule, and the book is now available for immediate shipment. Jam packed with information about how to create a flattering silhouette, this book will help you look better at photo shoots, for candid shots, and even on stage!

Tease-o-Rama Burlesque Convention

This was a truly magical event. I was euphoric for weeks after the Tease-o-Rama weekend. Everyone was so supportive: performers were friendly and non-competitive, audience members were responsive and super friendly, and the staff! The people helping out behind the scenes were some of my favorite people in San Francisco. Mynx d’Meanor, Reverend Dick, Lady Borgia and Candy came up from San Diego for the weekend, and it was so wonderful to hang out with those folks. They are really transforming the burlesque scene in San Diego, too. They are bringing individual troupes together for collaboration on shows, which no one in SD did before. It is great to see a trend toward more inclusiveness and cooperation in a regional burlesque scene. (Click here to see a great photo of me, Reverend Dick and Lady Borgia backstage after my act!)

My student group, the Burlesqueteers, performed at the opening night meet-and-mingle, and they did a fabulous job. We did our bunny version of “Take Back Your Mink” from Guys and Dolls followed by Josie Starr’s Bunny Assassin act. There was a malfunction during the first number when the power to the sound booth got unplugged, but the girls kept their heads and played it cool like true professionals, and we really pulled it off.

I also performed a solo act during the Saturday night show, and it was so much fun. I really adore performing for a big room, and the Tease-o-Rama crowd is such an appreciative audience too. What a rush! I performed my Tassel Tricks act, which starts out super glam and then gets really silly, sort of a burlesque version of the bait and switch, and the crowd went right along with me. So much fun!


On Monday, November 17, my new Dixieland/traditional jazz band, “Fromagique,” debuted at the Uptown Hubba Hubba Revue show in Oakland. I am singing, dancing, and playing the hoochicoo in this project, and I can’t wait for our next gigs! The performance was really well received, and it was so much fun. The band was amazing. Randy Johnson put together all the arrangements and organized the band, and I have to say he did a terrific job. We still need to get a web page up and running for the band, so I will post links here once we have that together.

Monday night was the first time I sang on stage in almost 2 years, and probably the 5th or 6th time singing in front of a crowd EVER. Talk about stage fright! You know, I really don’t think it’s fair that every new kind of thing I do on stage has it’s own stage fright about it. I mean, I’ve been taking it off on stage for over a decade, so nothing about that scares me any more, but whenever I add a new aspect to it (talking on the mic or any speaking role, over the top comedy, and now singing…) I get stage fright as if I’d never been on stage before. I’m complaining, but I have to be perfectly honest and say that the stage fright is one of the reasons I keep performing. It shows that I am stretching, growing, trying new things. The day I stop getting stage fright is the day I give up the stage altogether.

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