2016 has gone so fast!  Here is a little catch up on what we've been up to and our plans for the next little bit.  Enjoy!
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2016 What happened for us?  What is next?


All things VSassy Academy.

A run down of our year!
31st January - Folding Chair Video
A bunch of the burlesquers dressed up (way too early) and headed to the beach.  The result was this video -  Folding Chair.  It was a very fun morning!!  I recommend you watch the video again and enjoy it some more.

12th March - Chrome Street Fiesta
Our little street was packed with people and alive with music, dancing, art, demonstrations and yummy food.  Was a pleasure to be a part of, preparations are underway for next years, stay tuned! Pic by Clare Apelt.

27th April - STAY AWAY Womens only Self-Defense Workshop
Tim Alexander and Krav Maga Training Academy (and their brave volunteers) delivered a Stay Away workshop for women at the studio.  There are now some empowered women who feel far more able to handle themselves in difficult situations. It was an invaluable workshop, highly recommend to all the women I know!
This year CoTFF raised funds for The Brisbane Domestic Violence Service and Rosies friends on the street who help the Brisbane homeless.  Well done Ness Jane on another successful event. Thank you Steve Peters for the great images!  VSassy Academy and The Velvet Kittens are proud to have supported this event for another year.
Our neighbours Reload Espresso Bar hosted a Variety night and we got to perform.  It was a wonderful energetic night with music and dancing as it always is for their Warehouse Sessions.

Performance Nights
Students have done amazingly well participating in Performance Nights this year, as always.  Thanks for embracing the themes and all of your efforts in class and beyond!


Bourbon and Burlesque!
It has been an absolute pleasure having burlesque students perform at The Velvet Kittens Bourbon and Burlesque Shows this year.  All of the students who’ve performed have done a wonderful job!
Coming Up for VSassy Academy
Students have been working on the naughtiest Christmas songs we could find.  May have a special guest performance or two.  Will be a fun night.
There will be a “Keep Our Hotties Cool" Fundraising Raffle on the night.  Stay tuned to the event page for prize details.
Workshop and Catch-up Week will be 10th to 17th December
Schedule will be finalised next week.
Term 1 2017 will begin 9th January
Timetable will come out ready for Early-bird Bookings next week.  Most likely to be ready 30th November.
Student Feedback
 Thank you very much to the students who’ve filled out the feedback form and offered their suggestions for improving the studio and classes.  I really appreciate you taking the time.  If you missed out on filling out a form and you have some feedback for me I would love to hear it.  Email through or have a chat to me in class. 
Keep Our Hotties Cool!
So far the main point in the feedback is to improve the air-con situation.  This has been on my list of studio improvements for a long time so I’ve decided to ask for help raising the funds.  Stay tuned for more fundraising ideas… Participation may require dressing up and washing cars, selling raffle tickets or handling sausages!  The Christmas performance night raffle is to include a Christmas Hamper, please contribute non-perishables at the studio, if you can.
Thank you for all of your support this year, Vivienne VSassy xo

A Very Velvety Report.

Wait… What? When did it become November?  
The Velvet Kittens kicked off 2016 with their very own monthly show! While at a work lunch, Sadie Sly fell in LOVE with the naked lady wall and beautiful vintage artwork around the venue (not to mention the top shelf whiskies). ;)  Image by Bruce Heath of Side Show Photography.  
She promptly asked to speak to the Manager and asked if we could put on a show.  The lovely Venue Manager was totally keen so in the process of setting up an event, Sadie had her 30th Birthday at the venue. In a wonderful happenstance, it turns out the Venue Manager is almost as in love with cheese as Sadie is. So they bonded and feasted on the beautiful cake of cheese made by Mumma Sly –   and set up a meeting.
The Kittens donned their glamorous frocks and met with the venue…… and so was born….. Bourbon and Burlesque.  Image by Kyra Webb Photography.
In 2016, The Velvet Kittens have produced 10 Bourbon & Burlesques with 90 performances from the Velvet Kittens and Very Special Guests including: 
Vivienne VSassy, Sadie Sly, Indie Berlin, Miss Bunny Penny, Effie L’Amour, Raven Cherry, Sylvia Speakeasy.…. And Betty Lovecat, Lenore Noire, Jade Nuvoue, Lileth Revere, Lala’s & Guitars, Dolly Cakes, Magnolia Knife, BB Le Buff, The Fanny Bam Bams, Lady Le Feu, Julz Devine, Pearly Paradox, Fleur Talicious, Janey Clash, Miss Ellen, Chelsea Mae Smooch, Bailey Bliss, Lucy Luxe, Dottie May, Athena ThrillMe and Summer Dragonly.

As well as 8 performances from the VSassy Academy Students!!!!!!!!!

We’d also like to make a very special mention to Tugboat Tiffy for being such a wonderful Stage Kitten. Without you, we’d be forever searching for that item we flung off into the crowd.

Thank you all so much for your ongoing support and for bringing along your friends and family to keep this show alive.  Images by Phil Paynter. 
We haven’t confined ourselves to the cheeky walls of The Naked Whisky Bar though!  Throughout the year we’ve been performing regularly at AWA Grindhouse Wrestling matches, private functions as well as an art show and a CD launch!
We aren’t finished for the year yet! 
To round out the year, Drop It: Hip Hop Burlesque is just around the corner.  Get yourself a ticket here!  Want to win one?  See our competition for ways you could win a ticket and CD. Image by Mark Rhodes Photography.
There is still a little availability leading up to Christmas if you haven’t got your Christmas Party entertainment sorted please be in touch!
Sailor Jerry PinUp PartyWe’ve just announced that we’ll be hosting the Sailor Jerry NYE Pin Up Party at the Naked Whisky Bar! So get your early bird discount tickets before 1st of December and use the special friends of Burlesque discount code “velvet16” as our present to you.  Image by Kyra Webb Photography. 

The Velvet Kittens
Meow xo

Drop It : Hip Hop Burlesque


Brisbane Burlesque troupe, The Velvet Kittens, join forces with renowned Resin Dogs personality and local producer, DeeJaye Katch, to create a fusion of burlesque and beats.

Exploring the juxtaposition of hip-hop stylings and the long lost art of tease, watch what happens when two seemingly separate worlds collide in an odd balance of harmony and defiance. Leave your preconceptions at the door and get ready to dance the night away as you step inside the wonderful world of Hip Hop Burlesque. 

We will be celebrating the end to an amazing festival so let's go out with a bang!

Featuring:  Vivienne VSassySadie SlyIndie BerlinEffie L'Amour, Miss Bunny PennyRaven CherrySylvia Speakeasy and DeeJaye Katch.

Venue: Memory Tank at Brisbane Powerhouse
Dates: Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December

Time: 9.30pm
Link: http://brisbanepowerhouse.org/.../drop-it-hip-hop-burlesque/

VSassy Academy Performance Night/Christmas Party

VSA Christmas ImageA chance for VSassy Academy students to show off their hard work to family and friends. 

14B Chrome St, Salisbury
Doors at 6pm
Show at 7pm
BYO drinks and nibblies for the table

There will be a raffle to raise funds for a studio air-conditioner. One of the prizes will include a hamper made with donated non-perishables. If you have anything to include in the hamper please bring it along before the night.  More prizes will be added to the event page soon.

Sailor Jerry Pin Up Party.

The Velvet Kittens Beach Pin UPJoin us this New Year's for our Sailor Jerry Pin Up Party featuring the gorgeous girls from burlesque troupe The Velvet Kittens. There will be 9 performers over the evening all dolled up (and then dolled down....) taking us through to the early hours of 2017!!
Doors open from 8pm with the show kicking off from 9.30pm.

Tickets - 
$20 (+BF) Early Bird Tickets until 01.12.16 includes entry + a Sailor Jerry Cocktail on arrival
$25(+BF) which includes entry + a Sailor Jerry Cocktail on arrival.
$55(+BF) Dinner and a Show! 2 course meal in Fiasco's Steakhouse + a Sailor Jerry Cocktail and entry to the show.

**DON'T FORGET YOUR DISCOUNT FOR BEING OUR FRIEND!  Friends of burlesque are welcome to use the code velvet16 to get a discount on their ticket.




Wonderland is a debaucherous end-of-year carnival of circus, comedy, music, physical theatre, magic and burlesque. It’s 31 shows in 14 days and lingers on into Brisbane’s long summer nights. Come to Brisbane Powerhouse to flirt with the unexpected and party into the night.

Download the whole guide here!

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