“Over the Top. Under the Influence.”
Whether turning a trope on its ear, poking fun at societal norms or playing up on pop culture, 21st Century Burlesque calls Kay Sera, “…an imaginative and memorable performer.” Burlesque Beat says, “Despite her smoking-hot body, her gaze and smile dictate the crowd’s response.” And world-famous emcee Scotty the Blue Bunny proclaimed, “She is f*cked up!”
Kay Sera has spread her unique blend of sexy and strange across North America, from Baltimore to Toronto, DC to Denver, and the Big Apple to Motown, including as the opening act of the 2014 Burlesque Hall of Fame showcase in Las Vegas.
She is an avid and active supporter of the burlesque community, serving as head of communications for the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender and as a member of the museum Advisory Council. Kay has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for BHoF by building awareness through BH0F-sponsored fundraising campaigns and through local Legends Challenge shows. She has written several articles for 21st Century Burlesque and Burlesque Beat, and teaches a range of burlesque classes from character development to marketing.
Kay Sera is thrilled and humbled to have shared the stage with hundreds of burlesque stars, including more than half of 21st Century Burlesque‘s 2015 Top 50 Performers. She can be seen regularly in Baltimore and Washington, DC venues, and has shared her unique blend of sexy and strange at festivals across North America, including:
- Burlesque Hall of Fame Movers, Shakers and Innovators showcase
- Alternatease Festival (invited to perform)
- Americana Burlesque and Sideshow Festival
- Burlesque & Beyond in Philadelphia
- Colorado Burlesque Festival
- Dallas Burlesque Festival
- Dirty Devils Peepshow at Detroit’s Theatre Bizarre
- Milan Extraodinaire (Italy; invited to perform)
- Minneapolis Burlesque Festival
- New York Burlesque Festival
- Show Me Burlesque Festival
- Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival
- Toronto Burlesque Festival
- Virginia Burlesque Festival
Kay Sera studied under Dr. Lucky and Miss Indigo Blue (Miss Exotic World 2011) and was part of Trixie Little’s very first Burlesque Boot Camp. She continues to study at festivals with legends and contemporary stars, including Jo Weldon, The World Famous *BOB*, Tigger!, Ophelia Flame, Bazuka Joe, Jett Adore, Kitten n Lou and more. Kay was handpicked to participate in Michelle L’amour‘s Strippers Holiday, an intensive five-day program taught by the intense Miss Exotic World 2005 herself. Kay also attends BurlyCon to take advantage of its incomparable learning opportunities (2010, 2013, 2015).
Kay Sera has been involved in the community since 2006, first as an avid fan, then soon after as an active supporter of the Burlesque Hall of Fame. She made her burlesque debut in 2009 at Washington DC’s Palace of Wonders as part of Bambi Galore’s Burlezk, and has been performing regularly since.
The Burlesque Hall of Fame continues to be a passion for Kay Sera, and she is proud to serve as its Communications Chair and to participate on its Advisory Council. In 2012, she oversaw promotion of the first BHoF Indiegogo fundraising campaign (which exceeded its target) and launched the Twitter ID @BHoFBill to support recovery in the burlesque community. In 2013, she initiated the “Shimmy Shuttle,” a bus service between the BHoF Weekender events and the museum itself to facilitate patronage. And in 2015, she directed and implemented all social media in support of BHoF’s largest fundraising drive, The Big Reveal, driving more than 2/3 of its goal-busting $50,000 achievement. If you are not a member of the Burlesque Hall of Fame, Kay Sera encourages you to consider joining and to learn more about this important institution, dedicated to unique art form of burlesque. #BeBHoF!
Kay Sera is a founding member of Bawdy Shop Burlesque, a Baltimore-based troupe that holds the record for the most funds raised in a single Burlesque Hall of Fame Legends Challenge event ($5000 from “Don’t Knock the Block” in 2015).
BRINGING UP THE REAR: Their debut show was Baltimore Magazine‘s “Best of Baltimore” readers’ poll Best Play or Performance runner up, and they were named “Best Dance Company” runners up in the Baltimore City Paper’s “Best in Baltimore” readers’ poll