Bottoms Up Burlesque became a registered not for profit 501c3 in 2013!
Bottoms Up Burlesque Inc. Mission Statement
Bottoms Up Burlesque, Indy’s longest performing burlesque troupe composed of a community of strong women, strives to produce high-quality and creative burlesque shows that celebrate the sexiness and attitude of the neo-burlesque movement, and seeks to advocate, educate, and donate 100% of proceeds to locally-run cancer charity organizations.
Brief History of Bottoms Up Burlesque
Bottoms Up Burlesque made its debut on the stage of the Historic Melody Inn in 2004. Formed from the girls affiliated with Punk Rock Night, the group’s first shows combined dance skits, spoken word comedy, and live music. All the girls donated their time and all proceeds were given to charity. The annual fall show at the Melody Inn gained a large local following, and over time, the troupe expanded to include a spring show at Radio Radio in Fountain Square and performances at various local arts events. For a time, the troupe was affiliated with Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School and hosted numerous Indianapolis events that brought burlesque into the sketch art genre. All proceeds in recent years have gone to the Pink Ribbon Connection, an organization that helps women battling breast cancer as well as Creating Hope, an organization that helps cancer victims cope through art therapy. Now in its eleventh year, and proud of the many performers who have been a part of the troupe over time, Bottoms Up is always looking forward to what will come next!