Harlettes Burlesque

Harlettes Burlesque


The Harlettes are unlike anything in Toronto's live entertainment scene! An outrageous, hilarious and sensational burlesque variety act that entertains with kitschy comedy, skimpy costumes bright colors and vivid facial expressions. Join us where funny is the sexiest thing a gal can wear


The Harlettes are Toronto’s premiere vaudeville and burlesque troupe.

Debuting in November of 2003 at the Revival on College, the Harlettes have since performed more than two-dozen full scale extravaganzas while also appearing in numerous burlesque revues and charity fund-raising events.

Along the way, the Harlettes have also been engaged to perform at a wide variety of private affairs. At functions as diverse as Bar Mitzvahs and sixtieth birthday celebrations, corporate trade shows and raucous bachelorette parties, and good old fashioned summer patio shindigs, the Harlettes have been able to tailor their performance to satisfy any audience.

Working from the burlesque tradition that began in the original vaudeville bawdy houses, the Harlettes meld that style with the sensibility of Lucille Ball, Gypsy Rose Lee and Betty Page. Alternating between titillating and toying with their audience, the Harlettes choreography employs sly strip teasing, ballet, chorus line high kicks and Vegas show girl theatrics to delightful comedic effect. Each themed performance incorporates other, more specific elements. Whether it’s surf inspired beach rhythms or space-adelic riffs, the Harlettes will always capture the hearts of their public with their spirit of kitsch and jubilant irreverence.

Each of the dances is built from the ground up. Beginning with the initial impulses of the troupe’s choreographer, through rehearsal and modification, all of the Harlettes moves are carefully prepared for maximum humourous results. Moreover, similar to the first practitioner of the burlesque arts, the Harlettes hand make all of their props and costume pieces. The colourful, sequined outfits are tailored to each dancer for the specific number, adding incomparable individual flair and style.

The Harlettes believe that people crave laughter and entertainment. It is this belief that has driven the Harlettes to consistently produce a high quality production that is not only seductive, sensual and stick slapping funny but clever and witty as well.

Their mission is clear: accumulate and acquire many monkeys.


Because monkeys are funny.



Set List

The Harlettes have hundreds of diverse dances to choose from that rangge from solo dancers to all nine ladoes onstage. Depending on whats necessary. When the Harlettes are hired for a full length show there is a toatal of 14 - 17 pieces running an average of 4min each. including a 20 minute intermission the show has a running time of 120 minutes.