top of page

The Bombshell Burlesque Academy Tutors

Joel Devereux 2.jpg
Lila Luxx - Academy Director
Specialising in: Neo & Classic Burlesque, Choreography, Characterisation & Dance Training

Lila Luxx is Brisbane’s Striptease Supreme: a passionate and polished powerhouse performer. Known for her diverse repertoire and undeniable connection to her audience, Lila is equally at home in a rock and roll dive bar as a grand theatre. She is a stripteaser for all seasons!


For more than a decade, Lila has travelled the world from New York to New Farm, presenting performances that span from high glamour to avant-garde, to rapturous reception. Her impeccably detailed acts have brought her to The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas twice (Best Debut Category & Movers, Shakers & Innovators Showcase), headlining the Australian Burlesque Festival and the Perth International Burlesque Festival, being awarded Most Outstanding Contribution at the Australian Burlesque Community Awards, and being recognised by her spectacular ankles in Las Vegas.


According to the Courier Mail "Miss Lila Luxx looks like she's stepped straight out of a 1940s movie poster, all red-bow mouth and curves", but don’t be fooled – this dynamo doyenne is a force to be reckoned with!

unnamed (1).jpg
Clara Cupcakes
Specialising in: Comedy, Hula Hooping, Clowning, Character Work and 1920s charleston.

Clara Cupcakes is bringing vaudeville back and them other rubes don’t know how to act. She was once introduced as award-winning, the inventor of sliced bread, and the reason Harold Holt disappeared. Only two of those things are true. Innovator, salivator, and tittyshaker, Clara bridges the gap between burlesque, comedy, and circus by sticking her fingers into every performance pie within arms reach and shoving them figuratively (rarely literally) into the awaiting audience maws for a new taste sensation. Come take a trip to clown town with Clara Cupcakes. Giant shoes mandatory.

Clara Cupcakes has been performing burlesque and comedy since 2007, starting out with the acclaimed Sugar Blue Burlesque in Perth, Western Australia. She draws inspiration from the vaudeville acts of the 1920s, the comedians of the silent film era. Combining madcap energy with authentic jazz dance, circus, clowning, and old-fashioned sensibilities, she derived her own unique and quirky style of burlesque and surrealistic comedy.  Clara is now a Queenslander and ready to spread her weird joy amongst the people, whether they asked for it or not!

Magnolia Knife
Specialising in: Feather Fans, Bump & Grind, Dark Neo Burlesque

Sassy… Sultry... Striking. Magnolia Knife is Brisbane’s femme fatale flaunting a derriere built to bump and grind! Magnolia’s sharp wit, innovative themes and Bettie Page bangs have blazed up stages across Australia, earning her a distinct reputation in her home state of Queensland.


Magnolia has danced her way across Australia, including performances as part of the prestigious Australian Burlesque Festival and Perth International Burlesque Festival. Miss Knife is an extremely well-regarded burlesque teacher and has been building budding starlets into bad-ass burlesque babes for over five years, offering private tuition all aspects of the world of tease. 


Magnolia draws on her love of lights, lace, lipstick and lady bits to create dynamic burlesque routines to intrigue, seduce and delight her audiences, one bawdy bump at a time…

Cello Bordello 20200226-0380-Edit (1).jp
Cello Bordello
Specialising in: Neo Burlesque, Circus Aerials, Vintage Jazz, Modern Jazz, Tap, Fire, Pole dancing.


Miss Cello is one well strung performer, and a finely tuned instrument of tease. Based in her hometown of Brisbane, she is the current reigning Miss Burlesque Queensland and titled Miss Burlesques Australia's Miss Elegance. Cello loves nothing more than a good serving of parody with a pinch of satire and a side dish of tongue and cheek. 

Since starting burlesque in 2008, she now performs regularly in her first true love of the art form, but also likes to incorporate her other loves such as jazz, tap, pole dancing, fire and circus aerials into her performance. She has performed at many prestigious event including Falls Festival, Abby Museum Medieval Festival, Cannon Ball, Sydney Mardi Gras, and Brisbane Underground Film Festival and Burleskathon to name a few. This year she will be performing in the top billed show 'The Big Tease' in Melbourne at the Australian Burlesque Festival and also at the Perth International Burlesque Festival. 

Miss Cello is passionate about people, she loves seeing her pupils being cheeky and having fun. She puts the show in showgirl and the F U in FUN! Be warned, she will pluck a chord in your heart.

Citrine Velvetine
Specialising in: Classic burlesque, feather fans, styling and posing. 

With legs for days and eyes that sparkle, Citrine Velvetine is a fresh-faced, salty-souled beauty who loves the spotlight. No stranger to the stage, she has a background in dance and musical theatre and comes alive in front of an audience. 


Citrine strutted onto stages debuting her National Pastime act at Bombshell Burlesque Academy’s The Bombshell Ball in February 2017. Since then she’s joined big names on many stages around Australia. 


Between rhinestoning creations, designing sets and styling events you will find Citrine working behind the scenes as stage manager for many local productions including Rumble! presented by Joel Devereux.


Recently crowned Miss Burlesque Queensland 2020 in February 2021 and Nominated for Performer of the Year at Queen’s Ball 2021 this “Crystal Queer” is one to watch. 

Lenore Noire
Specialising in: Neo Burlesque, 1960s Go Go Dance, Comedy


Lenore is a voluptuous, vivacious, vixen who flips from sweet to sultry in a blink of an eye. A master of storytelling on stage, Lenore guides the audience with a shimmy and a smile to her final destination.


A community mainstay, she prides herself on helping both new and experienced performers alike, teaching a variety of classes through Bombshell Burlesque Academy since 2014.


If you need to be assured by awards that Len has got the goods, don’t worry she has plenty. Her achievements include Miss Burlesque Qld 2016, MBA Miss Classic 2016 but her true pride and joy is having being declared Rumble winner June 2019.

Best way to put it? Lenore isn’t a snacc, she is a goddamn feast.

ivy cartel 20191027-116-edit.jpg
Ivy Cartel
Specialising in: Neo burlesque, choreography, street/hip hop styles, dance training

With a sharp cock of the eyebrow and nod of the head, Ivy Cartel will tempt and tease you into breaking all the your head. With a fusion style of gangster and glamour, Ivy is dripping in finesse. She is a fierce powerhouse that brings a strong and extra spicy presence to the Burlesque stage. 


Ivy's gangster grooves originated from years of street crew training and competing across many national and international stages. Cartel eventually swapped her high tops for high heels and fell booty first into the world of Burlesque in 2017 and hasn't looked back since. 


This seductive gangster has opened up her matriarchy for the outlaw showgirls who want to get down and dirty and shake what ya mama gave you! The Ivy League is Brisbane's Burlesque Cartel and Ivy invites you to become an honorary member! 

Adelaide Albright - Sequin Gown 1.jpg
Adelaide Albright
Specialising in: Neo Burlesque, Classic Burlesque


With killer curves, an irresistible smile and a laugh that will light you up in all the right ways, Adelaide Allbright will have you fanning yourself exclaiming “I do declare!!”.


Inspired by the musicals of yesteryear and old Hollywood film stars, Adelaide is the technicolor dream girl in your black and white world. 


Dancing before she even hit double digits, and a burlesque performer since 2014, Adelaide is the perfect gateway to a lifelong obsession with rhinestones and showgirls. 


With a background in performance and a bachelor in the creative industries, this studious starlette is not only beauty but all brains as well.

Martini McFly
Specialising in: Neo & Classic Burlesque, Choreography, Commercial dance & Dance Training

She’s glamorous, dirty and full of vodka, it’s the One-Woman Chorus Line, Martini McFly. 

Martini began performing professionally over 15 years ago, following the completion of her Diploma in Performing Arts. She has worked internationally for the likes of Disney, featured in a number of Bollywood films and touring shows, and was a resident dancer for Club CUBIC, City of Dreams, where she got the chance to rub shoulders with the cast of Franco Dragone’s TABOO.


Most recently, Martini took out the title of Mx Burlesque Queensland 2023, and travelled to Germany to perform in the Frankfurt Burlesque Festival and the Bavarian Burlesque Festival.


While as a performer Martini is a chaotic, high-energy show girl who loves sparkles, stupid concepts and a good bass line, as a teacher she creates a supportive, low stakes yet encouraging environment for her students to occasionally challenge themselves, but always have fun. She looks forward to welcoming you to class.

Lacey Pop
Specialising in: Tap, Neo Burlesque, Robotics & Animation & Dance Training

She may be small, she may look cute, but Lacey Pop is Queensland’s pocket rocket with a unique twist.


Lacey has a strong passion for tap dance and she brings a new, sensual, rhythmical, seductive flavour to her choreography all with that cheeky showgirl smile. 


With a lifetime of dance experience and performing, including her appearance at the “Celebration” show with the Bombshell Burlesque Troupe at the Brisbane Powerhouse in 2020, Lacey stepped onto the Burlesque scene in 2018 infusing her training in popping, animation and robotics into her art, wowing audiences with her sleek body control and precise isolation, begging the question... is she woman or machine? 

Effie L'Amour
Specialising in: Classic burlesque, modern dance choreography

With the hair of a siren and the legs of a sinner, Effie L'Amour will swoosh and strut her way into your dreams. Effie is as energetic as she is effervescent, entrancing audiences with her musicality and technique.  


The art of tease stole her heart in 2014, just as she steals the hearts of those lucky enough to witness her.  Effie has dazzled audiences far and wide, at many events such as Sunday Night Burlesque, Vanguard Burlesque, the Bombshell Burlesque Revue, and as part of the Bombshell Burlesque Troupe at "Celebration" by The Bombshell Burlesque Academy at the Brisbane Powerhouse.  Her musical talents have also seen her travel across Australia, serenading lovers of classical guitar. 


An alluring mix of sweet and sultry, Effie will leave you wanting more. 

Caitlin of KTB
Specialising in: Pinup & Burlesque Photography, Creative Promotional Portraiture & Design


KTB has been working as a freelance photographer and graphic designer within Brisbane's creative industry for over ten years. 

A desire to push for bold, impressionable and artistic frames has never ceased within her. Since a young age, KTB has always wanted to make things look powerful, beautiful and dramatic. With a longing for vivid colour, bright light and attractive shape, deciding to focus on creating promotional media for creative artists and teams has been a perfect fit.


KTB has worked with many artists at The Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Make-Up, leading prosthetic & prop masters at Stingray Sushi Studios, Newscorp, More Than Magic, our very own Bombshell Burlesque Academy & Events, and other passionate producers in Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.  

Cath Mish-Wills/Shimmer
Specialising in: Vintage Hair & Makeup, Modern Hair and Makeup, Bellydance, Sword Balancing, Zills


From character dancing to golden age styles, this bellylicious babe has it all!


The sweet coated ‘tart with a heart’ Shimmer is an experienced performer and teacher in a range of dance styles from bellydance and burlesque to a fusion of the two known as ‘bellyesque’.


Always one to add a fresh, retro twist to her acts, she loves including a variety of props in her acts. With the seductive allure of the bellydance veil, the hypnotic display of isis wings to the heart stopping art of sword balance, she will be sure to invite you into her own unique world of seductive striptease.



Lucy Luxe 20191214-0616-Edit-Edit.jpg
Lucy Luxe
Specialising in: Neo & Classic Burlesque, Modern Glamour, Styling & Posing, Pinup Modelling 

Lucy really is luxe in every sense of the word...

Drawing on a range of different dance styles including tap, jazz and hip hop, Lucy charms her audiences while channelling the glamour and glitz of classic vintage showgirls. In fact, it was her fascination with the flair and class of 1940’s and 50’s fashion and styling that initially drew her to burlesque.

Lucy was crowned Runner Up Miss Burlesque Australia and Miss Burlesque Queensland in 2019 and headlined the 2019 Tease in the Tropics tour. Lucy has also graced the Australian Burlesque Festival stage consecutively from 2016-2020.

A perfect pinup at heart, Lucy is an experienced pinup model and a former Miss Pinup Queensland who has competed in pageants throughout Australia and internationally, taking out Best Wardrobe at the World’s largest Pinup contest: Miss Viva Las Vegas. 

Stage, studio, wherever she is, Lucy will leave you captivated and wrapped around her little finger. 

Bettie Butcher
Specialising in: Vintage Hair and Makeup, Styling, Posing coaching, Pinup Modelling


Bettie Butcher is one of Australia's pioneer pinup enthusiasts with over eight years’ experience in the industry.  You may have seen her on stage, or behind the scenes, as this experience is utilised in her roles as an event coordinator for rockabilly and car events and as hostess for various Queensland pageants.


As a true guru of everything pinup, Bettie is focused on sharing her skills and tips in vintage makeup and hairstyle with all women interested in the era, and has tailored classes to create perfect and simple pinup styles.  Bettie also runs specialised workshop for ladies interested in entering pinup pageants and getting published with tips for posing, routines, confidence, working with photographers and publication in magazines.

Just some of the national and international magazine that have proudly featured Bettie include, Retro Lovely USA (Cover), Deadbeat, Adore pinup, Drive in, Alter Life, Atomic Bombshells, Inked Girls, Pinup Perfection and many more.

After many years of modelling and pageant titles, Bettie has now hung up her heels to share her secrets of beauty and glamour with ladies interested in the Australian pinup culture.

2StarlightSesh-May2022-Mara-Joel Devereux.jpg
Mara Maraschino
Specialising in: Classic Burlesque, Neo Burlesque, Comedy


Mara Maraschino is often described as luxurious, salacious, camp and kitsch–just like a Maraschino Cherry!

Awarded Mx Burlesque Brisbane 2022 and nominated for Performer of the Year at Brisbane Pride Queen’s Ball 2023 and 2024 - you are guaranteed some raucous razzle dazzle!


Mara is a time-travelling dame known for delivering high glamour, chaotic pop culture references in an addictively disreputable way. She serves Oomph!, Ooh La La and “Oh my goddess, did she just say that?”

Mara has teased audiences all over Australia and internationally from Iceland to Japan, but is a mainstay of Meanjin’s burlesque and drag scenes. Mara is an in-demand burlesque artist and MC, host of the award winning Cult The Show and co-producer of altimate.SHOWDOWN and You Oughta Know: A 90s Tribute to Femme Alt Rock.


Mara is brazenly passionate about uplifting and cheerleading emerging artists, championing diversity on stages and helping artists discover and harness their unique performance persona!


Having dipped her rhinestoned toe in burlesque in 2016, Mara has been worshipping at the altar of vintage glamour her whole life. She draws inspiration from vintage Technicolor musicals, Hollywood starlets and any camp OTT reference from the last 100 years. Mara’s performance style is subversive, sparkling, camp and with fistfulls of unapologetic self-love.

Fortuna_Joel Devereux.jpg
Fortuna Maxima
Specialising in: Striptease, Feather Fan Dance, Physical Theatre


Beautiful, ethereal, and powerful - Fortuna Maxima is everything you’ve wished for, and more! 


Fortuna’s fascination with burlesque began unexpectedly during a holiday, and she was left captivated by its glamorous costumes and storytelling. Since 2013, she has enthralled audiences across Queensland, with appearances at Vanguard Burlesque, The Bombshells Ball, Cult The Show, Brisbane Festival, the Australian Burlesque Festival, and in 2022 she achieved the title of Mx Burlesque QLD.


Beyond burlesque, Fortuna has expanded her skills with physical theatre and obtained a Master's degree in performing arts in 2018. Described as "a true 1960s BQ” performer by burlesque legend Satan's Angel, Fortuna enchants her audience and leaves them spellbound.

Salem Moon
Specialising in: Neo Burlesque, Lyrical Burlesque, Ballet Burlesque and Commercial Dance


Meet the Wiradjuri/Wailwan Witch, Salem Moon. Bewitching to behold, Salem draws every eye to her with a dark and mysterious allure. 

This sorceress of the burlesque realm conjures a captivating blend of ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance. Her performance style is polished, bold, and fierce.

With a lifetime of dance training and an Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts, Salem brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her classes. 

Passionate about diversity and inclusion, Salem is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for all.


Salem eagerly awaits your presence in class.

bottom of page