Sex, empowerment and celebration: that is all you need to know about BurLEZque, the vivacious burlesque performance that took Esplanade Hotel by storm last weekend. Back for another successful year at Busselton Performing Arts Festival, the BurLEZque babes brought yet another personable show to the South West, celebrating identity and self love through a queer lens. The dynamic troop consists of Perth talents Veruca Sour, The Moesha, Polly St Pearl and Fae Salem, joined by bombshell host Ginger Laminge, who guides audiences through the colourful acts, sparing no expense on dirty humour. Featuring a smorgasboard of routines, each act brought their own unique flavour to the stage, a personal highlight for this reviewer being the sensual and poignant duo of Salem and St Pearl. While the opening night crowd admittedly required some encouragement to settle into the nature of the performance, that didn’t stop the energy from hitting 110 per cent, making it clear the girls are well trained in their craft. From the sultry blues of the opening act to the dazzling, ethereal, upbeat funk, and the downright hilarious, this is a show that boasts something for everyone and leaves audiences feeling strong, confident and sexy in themselves. A popular art form in the metro area, it’s great to see burlesque not only being brought to the South West, but of such a high calibre. It’s easy to understand why BurLEZque is a BPAF regular and I look forward to seeing what they bring back next year because each time proves better than the last.