Va Va Vixens

Formed in 2009, The Va Va Vixens have since become Louisville, Kentucky's largest and most popular burlesque and variety troupe. With over 25 performers, male and female, the Vixens produce several resident shows per year at Headliner's Music Hall, host special performances at Art Sanctuary, as well as entertain at private and public events.

The Vixens are a diverse troupe with a vaudevillian flair, displaying talent in many areas including (but not limited to)  dance, acrobatics, aerial acts, striptease and singing,  differentiating us from other more traditional burlesque troupes.

Va Va Vixens have been awarded in the category for "Best Performing Arts Group" in the LEO Reader's Choice Awards for 3 consecutive years! Thank You, Louisville! 

Come see for yourself what all the buzz is about and show us your tassels!

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Poster design by Carrie Foster

The Va Va Vixens began as a small troupe, in a small venue, with a big dream. Christiane Nicoulin, the creator, had a va va vision. She wanted the troupe to become an instantly recognizable name in Louisville's entertainment circuit. She imagined growing in popularity to the point of sold out shows, raving reviews and people lining up to become members of the troupe. She even wanted to establish a school of burlesque that would teach striptease, dance, costuming, makeup and the like. While we are well on our way to accomplishing all of these goals, Christiane unfortunately resigned from the troupe in 2012 to pursue other dreams and left the Vixens legacy for Lisa Frye to nurture and develop.

Early on, we decided to perform an annual Valentine show - what is more sexy and aphrodisiacal than women dancing in underwear? The Valentine shows are our most popular, often selling out to audiences in the mood for some love. In 2013, we threw audiences for a loop when we introduced self-love as a perfectly acceptable emotion in modern day life. After all, you must love yourself before you can love anyone else.  In fact, we are open to all types of love stories, whether it is same sex, opposite sex, love of friends and family, or love of self. We have had three live audience proposals at our shows thus far - and none of us could think of a better compliment than for those couples' love stories to have begun at our show.  

While we like to address deep and currently relevant issues at our shows, we also like to be just plain silly. For example, there was nothing "deep" about Va Va Vittles: A Feast for the Eyes, which was a hilarious ode to food, drink and all things edible. A giant banana turned into a beautiful Carmen Miranda, a showgirl lobster was chased into a cauldron of boiling water, candy was eaten off of a woman's dress and a bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch was pulled out of our Hostess's - um - hidden valley!


The Va Va Vixens also started the tradition of a yearly calendar featuring our lovely ladies and the photos of some very talented local photographers including Scott Slusher, Joe Mays, Dennis Ledford and April Martin.  The calendars, along with t-shirts, and other local handmade goods are always available at the merchandise table at our shows.

We want YOU to make it a tradition of your own to come to see the Va Va Vixens and have an active role in our shows' history. The next show is fast approaching so buy your tickets today!