Who are you?
Hi! I’m Cruel Valentine! I am an award-winning, international burlesque performer, producer, educator, model, curator and artist. Feel free to explore my site to learn more about my career and accomplishments, and to check out my blog, photos, video, and a list of my upcoming appearances! Also, be sure to take a look around my shop, where I have all sorts of pasties, accessories, art pieces, photo prints, and other wonderful merchandise for sale. Should you have any questions, or if you’d like to reach me regarding a custom order or booking inquiry, please contact me here, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible! If you have a question about my shop or its contents specifically, make sure to check out my Shop FAQ!
When will you be performing next?
You can find my full calendar of upcoming events, including performances, vending, workshops, and more, here! I tour regularly, so chances are I’ll be coming to a town near you at some point!
How do I book you for an event?
If you would like to book me for a show, workshop, photoshoot, art modeling gig, or private event, please get in touch! If you are a fan who would like to see me in your local shows, have your favorite producers reach out to me!
Will you perform at my event, teach me burlesque, or make me things for free?
I sure won’t! My unique skillset is the product of over a decade of hard work, a college education in musical theatre performance, ongoing maintenance and innovation to my repertoire, and years and years of experience, not to mention literally millions of rhinestones. I also have living expenses just like anyone else. My work is my livelihood, and while I enjoy what I do, I don’t do it just for fun. Exposure is not a currency that my landlord accepts, so neither do I.
I want to start doing burlesque! Where do I begin?
A great place to start is by taking classes! Training is so important, whether you’re a budding performer or a seasoned professional! I currently offer private lessons, and occasional workshops both in Chicago, and while on tour. I specialize in creating fun and challenging workshops for groups, as well as custom tailoring private lessons to my students’ needs, abilities, goals, and desires. In addition to in-person lessons, I also offer virtual act consultation. Contact me for information on how to get started!