First of all, Bella Sin and her production team make the festival both interesting and inclusive. I am never bored at the shows, the acts are always diverse, and the performers are also diverse. The OBF shows promote burlesque and the burlesque community – in all its shapes, sizes, colors, sexualities -- all of it! Every year at the festival I see performances that are innovative and unexpected! I love that!
The headliners are always amazing and OBF tries to select headliners and featured artists from previous Ohio Burlesque Festival performers. (I was very excited to be a featured performer in the 2016 festival!) Second, is appreciation.
Fourth, the festival is also used as a mechanism to appreciate and celebrate the local activist community. Every year there are awards and recognitions given during the festival to local activists and local groups that celebrate the diverse work that is being done in the Cleveland community to support different groups and ultimately provide benefits to the community as a whole. It is thoughtful, inclusive, and shows appreciation for an amazing group of people who work to make the world a better place.
Red Velvet, a life-long dancer, has performed extensively in musical theatre, performed throughout California, has studied and performed dance in New York, and has toured internationally. She has taught dance to adults and children. Ms. Velvet currently performs with several groups in the San Francisco Bay area. She is also a prolific choreographer, and can frequently be seen performing solo work at the Elbo Room in San Francisco or the Hubba Hubba Review at the Uptown in Oakland. Red Velvet also co-produces a monthly show, DIVA or Die Burlesque and is artistic director of the cab can troupe The Velvettes.