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Eligibility & Application

Am I eligible to apply?

At DAZZLE all forms of burlesque & cabaret are welcome - burlesque, boylesque, draglesque, sideshow, circus, and everything inbetween. Duets, Trios & Troupes are also welcome to apply!

How long does my act need to be?

Please apply with acts that are 6 minutes & under.

Help! I have acts for more than one cateogory. Can I apply for multiple heats?

Yes! However, an application will be required for each submission. Regardless of how many heats you apply to, you will only be chosen for one per competition season.


What is the judging process?

HEATS The judging panel will choose one contestant to progress to the grand finale, and so will the audience. The audience will receive a voting ballet upon entrance to the venue where they can vote for their favourite performance of the evening. If it coincides with the judges choice, then the 2nd most voted performer will go through to the finale.
GRAND FINALE The grand finale will have 10 heat winners from the previous 5 rounds + 2 wild cards. The grand prize winner will be decided by an extended panel of judges who have previously judged the heats. Runner up will be awarded to the judges 2nd ranking performer. Miss/Mister Congeniality will be audience choice. WILD CARD The creators of Dazzle will each be given 1 wild card per season, meaning they can choose an additional 2 contestants to go through to the Grand Finale - think golden buzzer ;)

Who are the judges?

Rub shoulders with the best in the entertainment industry. Dazzle judges have an array of professional backgrounds including executive television producers, west end perfomers, costume designers, choreographers, and of course burlesque professionals. For the specific panel of judges for each heat, please see the individual event pages.


Remind me of Grand Prize?!

The Grand Finale winner will receive a cash tip of £500 and hold The Dazzle title for a Year!

Are there other chances to win prizes at the Grand Finale?


  • 2nd Place will receive a voucher for a custom set of tassels or pasties from The Playful Pear valued at £100
  • Miss/Mister Congeniality, which is decided by the audience, will recieve a voucher for a custom set of tassels or pasties from The Playful Pear valued at £50


Will there be photos of my?

Absolutely. And all contestants get them for FREE!

Are there any performance restrictions?

We want you to be as expressive as possible, however fire will burn the venue down so there's none of that. And also, no rigging for aerial. Sorry, hoopers! You are welcome to bring a traveling pole. Liquids, glitter, food & mess is also welcome.


How many heats until the Grand Finale and how long is a season?

The competition season consists of 5 heats. 1 heat per month for 5 months with the Grand Finale taking place on the 6th month on October 18, 2019.

What is Dazzle?

Dazzle is an inclusive Burlesque & Cabaret competition! The goal of Dazzle is to put you in front of an array of entertainment professionals and create a fun and memorable show. You will have the opportunity to receive valuable feedback on your act, meet industry professionals and fellow performers, get stage time, and receive free photos, as well as be in the running to win the £500 cash prize! We are looking to create a space where all are welcome - boylesque, burlesque, sideshow, circus, and everything inbetween.

Where is Dazzle held?

Dazzle is held at Concrete Space in Shoreditch!

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