About the Festival

The Nashville Burlesque Festival is a three day, eye-popping, jaw-dropping striptease extravaganza featuring performers from all over the United States!

Featuring the best in burlesque and variety arts with three highly curated showcases, the Nashville Burlesque Festival weekend aims to tease and please! Sparkling afterparties, VIP lounges and exclusive workshops with our headliners are just a few bites of what this brand new festival has to offer.

About the Producers

Nashville Burlesque Festival is produced by Delinquent Debutantes. Founded in 2010 by headmistress Freya West, Delinquent Debutantes is Nashville’s premier burlesque finishing school. Over the last eight years with her partner in grind, Shan de Leers, Delinquent Debutantes has cultivated some of Nashville’s brightest burlesque stars and acts as a home stage for new and experienced performers alike.

Freya West and Shan de Leers

Freya West is a bawdy positive burlesque performer, teacher, and speaker. Freya learned the art of striptease in Chicago under the whipsmart tutelage of Michelle L’Amour. Freya moved to Nashville in 2009 and has been twirling her tassels across the United States and Canada since! Headlining Iceland’s first burlesque show in 2011, Freya has represented international brands including Dos Equis Most Interesting Show in the World and is sponsored by MAC Cosmetics. Her writing on body image & burlesque has been featured in numerous publications including the Huffington Post.

Shan de Leers is a Professional Captivator and Bawdy Confidence purveyor based out of Nashville Tennessee. Shan began her burlesque career as a student at Nashville’s Delinquent Debutantes and after GRINDuation she began performing regularly in Nashville and beyond, becoming a favorite at festivals across the South. She is half of Nashville’s only Burlesque Finishing School and producing team, Delinquent Debutantes, a featured dancer at Nashville’s Historic Skull’s Rainbow Room, and the brain and hands behind deLeerious Dressings. She has taken her shimmies on the road stripteasing and teaching from Jim Thorpe to San Francisco, Charleston to Seattle, working that Tennessee Tease!