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RED HOT ANNIE
Drawing on over a decade of performance experience, Red Hot Annie is an award-winning, internationally-recognized burlesque headliner. She is also the founder of Chicago's VAUDEZILLA! (Chicago's top-rated burlesque show), Vaudezilla Studios (Chicago's top-rated source for burlesque classes) and the Windy City Burlesque Fest. A constant presence in Chicago burlesque, she has also traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad, with regular appearances all over Europe and the UK, most notably yearly appearances in France, where she has hosted (en français) and performed at numerous events and festivals.
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SHIRLEY BLAZEN
Shirley Blazen is one heavy hit of Screwball and Sizzle. Serving high energy hijinks on her toes and on the mic, Blazen is an animated slapstick performer with finesse for funny. She produces Funny Grabs Back, a comedic variety benefit show and is the creative director of the Screwbelles, burlesque sketch ensemble. Her antics garnered acclaim wherever over-the-top, shticky, nerdy antics can be peddled. She's batty, brazen and Oh So Amazin' she's Shirley Blazen!
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JUSTIN MARTIN FILL
Justin Martin Fill is an Actor, Teacher, Singer/Songwriter, Fight Director, Geek, and a self proclaimed Jack-of-all-trades. Justin graduated from Ball State University (CHIRP CHIRP) with a degree in Acting, and is a certified instructor of Kundalini Yoga using the spiritual name Dharam Prakash Singh. Performing and working almost every crew position in Chicago for the past decade, his teaching style aims to speak to every person universally, and teach in a way that creates more teachers.
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ADRIANNE BLANKS
Adrianne Blanks is a singer, voice teacher, candle maker, and Moon lover. Her affinity for the Moon began while listening to a sustainability podcast when a guest came on to speak to how the phases of the Moon affect us. Adrianne came to understand that just as we can garden with the lunar phases, so can we plant our seeds of intention.

The Moon is the closest celestial body to the the Earth. She controls the tides, and we are mostly made of water, so she has a great pull over us. We can learn to work in synergy with the Moon in order to fulfill our greatest desires.
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MIDGE THE MERCILESS
Midge seeks opportunities to learn new skills in all aspects of her life. A deep and creative dabbler, she has studied dance, fiber arts, cooking, music, graphic design, and gardening. Professionally, Midge has over twenty years of experience in the design industry, where she helps engineers communicate more effectively, beautifies structural diagrams, and improves project processes.

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CATHERINE WOODS
Catherine Woods is a local painter and sculptor. After graduating from Columbia College in 2015 she went on to work as a special effects makeup artist in film and television, while continuing to create on her own. Her art often revolves around the balance between the beautiful and the grotesque, and almost always includes some kind of real-life imitation. Her teaching experience includes painting classes at Pinot's Palette, art workshops at the Eastern Cooperative Recreation School and most recently a makeup intensive masterclass at the Shota Rustaveli Theater and Film University in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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REBECCA TAYLOR (SLIGHTLY SPITFIRE)
Slightly Spitfire (aka Rebecca Taylor) is originally from Ruston, Louisiana but has been dancing, acting, and flipping around Chicago for seven years. A former competitive gymnast, trained dancer, and holding a degree in theater - Spitfire has been performing burlesque, acro dance, and occasionally improv throughout the city. She loves telling stories through movement and finding all the unique and fun shapes that the human body is capable of creating. She also loves to teach and share her experiences. Spitfire coached gymnastics for two years at Lakeshore Academy to children and adults. She has also taught several acro workshops, as well as private lessons. She is looking forward to teaching at Rebellion Rising and helping people find their own approach to acrobatics and increasing appreciation and love of what their body can accomplish!

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SAM VIRGILIO
Sam Virgilio is a producer, choreographer, dancer and performance artist who works to form connections between different mediums of art in order to create a full enveloping experience for the mind and body, constantly challenging what we perceive and process about ourselves and our surroundings. Sam has danced with St. Petersburg Ballet Company, St. Petersburg Folk Ensemble, and Level Dance Company. Sam is the founder of the Trapping Butterflies Project, a community arts initiative that travels the country raising awareness about domestic violence through the movement-based exploration of true stories from survivors, victims, and loved ones. Sam is also the founder of Blue Fire Dance Collective and the developer of Spectrum, an ongoing artistic collaboration exploring shared human experiences regarding identity as it pertains to the concept of a spectrum. Sam currently dances with Joel Hall Dancers in addition to their own choreographic endeavors.

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