WHO is INGA?
Queen of Burlesque 2018
INGA is an internationally renowned burlesque star, voted one of the Top 3 Burlesque Performers in the World (21stcenturyburlesque.com). Famous for her polished style and charismatic, innovative performances, her work has been featured in several films and documentaries, including A Wink And A Smile, and the award-winning web series Capitol Hill.
Born and raised in Seattle, USA, INGA spent her formative years studying dance and choreography with instructor Susan Wright, a dance trainer for Olympic athletes. In 2005 she began performing burlesque, and eventually co-founded Sinner Saint Burlesque, one of Seattle's longest running weekly burlesque shows. Since then she has performed in thousands of shows and headlined numerous festivals and events, most notably the Burlesque Hall of Fame Showcase in Las Vegas, the Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Showcase, the Fringe World Festival in Australia, the Toronto Burlesque Festival, the Amsterdam Burlesque Festival, and the band Queensryche's Queensryche Cabaret tour. In 2011, INGA won the coveted title of "Miss Viva Las Vegas" at the Viva Las Vegas International Burlesque Competition. In June 2018, INGA was honored to win the most revered of all burlesque titles, Miss Exotic World: The 2018 Reigning Queen of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Tournament of Tease.
INGA has had starring roles in several of Seattle's famous large-scale burlesque productions, including Land of The Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker, Through The Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland, Burlesco Divino, BenDeLaCreme's Beware The Terror of Gaylord Manor, and Kitten n' Lou's Homo For The Holidays and Cream. She has also participated in cult local shows and events such as IvaFiero's Relentless and Stripperoo. The Pink Door Cabaret & Burlesque Show, the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, and has been a judge for the Seattle Burlesque Games.
Since 2011, INGA has been a member of The Atomic Bombshells, the Pacific Northwest's premier burlesque troupe. Directed and produced by Kitten LaRue, The Atomic Bombshells have been called "The New York Yankees of Burlesque!" (KPLU Radio), and have been featured in GQ, Bust, Tease magazine, and MTV.com.
When she's not performing, INGA is an instructor at Miss Indigo Blue's Academy of Burlesque in Seattle, where she has taught over 1100 students since 2009. She specializes in teaching Floorwork, Burlesque 101, and working one-on-one with performers of all levels to help hone their theatrical skills and take their work to the next level.
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