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The Ibiza Burlesque Festival 2020 Online Edition was dedicated to Australian Princess of Pop, Kylie Minogue. 
We were very excited that she engaged with us on Twitter liking the performance by Sassy La Showdoll to Two Hearts.



Our festival director, Sapphira, was inspired to move to London to pursue her singing career following the example of Kylie who also comes from Melbourne. When we launched the Ibiza Burlesque Festival in 2017 we realised Kylie had also been trailblazing on the Balearic Island headlining at Manumission in 1995.


For this festival we met with Dawn Hindle, the owner of Ibiza Rocks and co-founder of Manumission who was our guest interviewee and has been mentoring us with ideas for the festival. She is now owner of Pikes Hotel where Kylie stayed in her early days on the Island.

Our dedication included two burlesque performances adapted to Kylie songs.

Two Hearts by Zoe Kee – Kylie Minogue Tribute



Locomotion by Sassy La Showdoll – Kylie Minogue Tribute



We also had a burlesque dance class with Kween Kong to a Kylie track.



Sapphira read a chapter from her memoir ‘Burlesque or Bust‘ about her early days starting in burlesque in a costume dubbed ‘The Kylie’.

The footage of ‘The Kylie’ costume was included as part of the festival video programme.

Sapphira in ‘The Kylie’ – Kylie Minogue Tribute


Ibiza Burlesque Festival Cast Vote – Favourite Kylie Song

We had a little poll amongst the cast and crew about their favourite Kylie songs and this is what we learnt.

Blue Virtue All The Lovers
Dawn HindleCan’t Get You Out Of My Head
DJ MasygaCan’t Get You Out Of My Head
Nonna KarevaCan’t Get You Out Of My Head
Rock’n’DollCan’t Get You Out Of My Head
SapphiraCan’t Get You Out Of My Head
Sapphira & Emilio MeroneCan’t Get You Out Of My Head
Scarlett JamesCan’t Get You Out Of My Head
Anthony PappaConfide In Me
Brandy MontmartreConfide In Me
Joelle D’amourConfide In Me
Sugar KaneConfide In Me
TonestepaConfide In Me
Kween KongIt’s In Your Eyes
Paul Belly DancerIt’s In Your Eyes
Boris KynozezSlow
Ruby JouleSlow
Maestro MaestraSpinning Around
Danny RamplingStep Back In Time
Violet HeartLove At First Sight
Violette CoquetteLocomotion
Zoe KeeCan’t Get Your Out Of My Head
Adora BelleI Should Be So Lucky
Kitten KaboodleLocomotion

We had so much fun dedicating our festival to Kylie and we hope we can invite her to be our guest of honour in future years or, better still, get her to join us on the stage!
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Adora Belle found burlesque 3 years ago and fell madly in love! Infinitease Heat Winner and member of the Chicas Locas Burlesque Troupe, Miss Belle will delight you with an irresistible blend of cheeky sweetness and sultry sensuality. Adora is enjoying exploring different styles and is always as seductive as she is adorable!

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2020 Burlesque Performers
Paula is a Chilean belly dancer based on the Island of Ibiza. She has been performing and teaching for many years studying under the greatest mentors and belly dance teachers to perfect her dance style. She is part of the Ibiza Burlesque Festival team and hosted an online belly dancing class for the virtual festival.
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2020 Burlesque Performers
Long renowned for his passion, dedication & flawless mixing and marathon DJ sets, and having just been voted 75th of all time best DJ of in the world (voted ahead of current superstars such as Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, Afrojack and Arman van Helden) by Dash Berlin World, Anthony Pappa’s unique trademark defining “track selection, journey build, & precision mixing skills” coupled with his overall way of making things just pop has seen him become one of Australia’s most successful DJ exports. Originally from Melbourne, Anthony’s DJ career began at the age of 15 where he won the DMC mixing championship.

At the age of 20, due frustrated at being halfway around the world from where the music he loved was happening, he moved to the UK’s capital, London, to follow his passion & love of music & Djing. The move was not in vain as it wasn’t long before his talents were picked up by a core group of the UK’s biggest DJ’s who together & forged a strong squad of players that would shape the sounds that have been constantly evolving and always pushing the boundaries over the last two decades and will continue to do so for many years to come by Anthony & others alike.

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2020 Burlesque Performers
Enjoy a theatrical jazz duet with a difference with Sapphira & Emilio Merone.
”The show was amazing… best I’ve seen!” Richard Kelly (patron)

Sapphira is the founder of the Ibiza Burlesque Festival, World Burlesque Day and has performed worldwide including opening for Dimitri from Paris and performing on Australia’s Got Talent. Performance highlights include Dublin Burlesque Festival, Torino Burlesque Festival and Caput Mundi in Rome.

Emilio Merone is a celebrated music producer and pianist who has taught in Rome and London’s best conservatoriums as well as toured extensively with his group MAD Trio and has movie soundtrack credits with Wilderness and The Lift and counts Jaguar, Land Rover and Barclays Bank among his corporate clientele.

The pair have performed at prestigious shows and venues delighting audiences.
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2020 Burlesque Performers
Miss Joelle D’Amour began her career as a cabaret dancer in one of the leading restaurants of her hometown Petrosavodsk, in northwestern Russia in 1989. Through the years she felt the need to grow and founded her own ballet show with which she traveled all over the world for 7 years . She moved to Italy in 1999. After performing in Italy, she was drawn to the sensuality of the burlesque style and completely immersed herself in the Pin Up world. She has had the honor of being the most famous instructor in Milan from Milena Bisacco, Cleo Viper to Miss Sophy Champagne along with being a foreign star as well Lola Van Ella, Kitten de Ville, Russel Bruner, Basuka Joe. She began performing as a burlesque dancer in 2014 The most significant moments in Miss’s Joelle D’Amour professional career include her victory in the sixth round of the “Burlesque Factor 2017” in Rome, her performance at “Italia’s Got Talent 2017 (Miss Joelle’s acts have been called “the sexiest” and “one of the best” numbers in the third episode), the special award at “Burlesque Festival 2016” in Bologna, the special award at “ Burlesque Festival Brianza Motor Show 2016”. Additionally, she has collaborated with Massimo Costa (famous Italian comedian) on his show” Massimo Costa By Night” and with Miss Sophy Champagne at the theater “Barrio”. Miss Joelle D’Amour is currently performing at the Zelig theater, collaborating with the group from “La Cave du Burlesque”.

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2020 Burlesque Performers
Ruby Joule is a lissome and silky debutante with a talent for scandal. Her girlhood ballet lessons have grown into daring cabaret moves, but her charm-school manners and joie de vivre keep her in good graces. “the poised, porcelain Princess of tease” – 21st Century Burlesque Magazine (London) Breathing life into her favorite role yet, Ruby is an international burlesque sensation and co-founder and headliner of The Jigglewatts Burlesque based in Austin, Texas. Her style dances the spectrum from the whimsical to the enigmatic, and she is known for her effortless grace and the lavish glamour of her routines. Ruby has performed on legendary stages near and far, including the Gladstone Ballroom (Toronto), Club Soda (Montreal), The Viper Room (Hollywood), The Palms (Las Vegas), The Kimo Theatre (Albuquerque), House of Blues (New Orleans, Dallas, Houston), Texas Theatre and Lakewood Theatre (Dallas), Esther’s Follies and Paramount Stateside (Austin), and countless others.

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