Some of the women would see their performances as a liberating outlet on a weekend night, complete with ornate costumes and confidence-building raucous applause. Others eyed competition victory as their primary goal.
From cities near and far, the 21 female contestants brought a host of motivations for their travels to Crown Center’s Musical Heritage Theater this May for the 7th Annual Kansas City Burlesque Festival.
For dancer Lindsey Personett of Kansas City, the evening’s showcase was simply another stage for her lifelong love of performing in front of audiences. The only difference would be her wardrobe.
Personett spent her childhood dancing on the stages of Starlight Theatre, on cruise ships and for Universal Studios shows in Florida. Moving back to Kansas City at age 30, she auditioned to dance for Burlesque Downtown Underground, a local performance group.
Its website states that Burlesque Dowtown Underground is Kansas City’s longest-running burlesque company and is dedicated to the advancement of the worldwide burlesque revival by creating fun, classy, artful, high performance tickle and tease, aimed to entertain Kansas City audiences and beyond.
BDU is celebrating its 10th year this weekend with performances at the group’s home at the Musical Theater Heritage stage at Crown Center.