Shimmy LaRoux wearing a fur coat and leotard
Photo by Tiffany Nacke.

Holding a Gin & Tonic in one hand with the other ready for a hug, Shimmy LaRoux is the woman your feisty grandma was “back in her day”. She knows that laughter is always the best medicine and that it’s always possible to get what you want if you know how to shake a tail feather…or even a bit more.

Shimmy owns the stage with each performance and will leave you with a smile on your face, your shoulders shaking and your body wanting just a little extra. Her style combines sweetness, joy and and in your face bawdiness that comes from knowing life is a fun ride.

A Chicago burlesque performer, teacher and model, Shimmy LaRoux is your bad girl with good home training. Bringing a combination of quirky charm and infectious energy, Shimmy is able to channel classic Hollywood, be playfully cheeky or serve fierce diva realness. 

Shimmy was recently crowned Miss Burlesque North America 2020. She is also honored to be a 2019 Mover, Shaker and Innovator at the Burlesque Hall of Fame, headliner at the 2019 Ohio Burlesque Festival, winner of Best Overall at the 2019 Dublin Burlesque Festival, producer of Shimmy's House Party in Chicago and is an internationally traveling performer!

Shimmy LaRoux is sassy, classy…but never ashy!

Interested in booking Shimmy? Email her at shimmylaroux@gmail.com or fill out the Contact Form.



  • Great Burlesque Expo 9
  • Windy City Burlesque Festival
  • Michigan Burlesque Festival


  • Great Burlesque Expo 10
  • Jeezy’s Juke Joint
  • Windy City Burlesque Festival
  • Ohio Burlesque Festival
  • The Roux


  • Great Burlesque Expo 11
  • Jeezy’s Juke Joint (Chicago/Des Moines/Iowa City)
  • Alternatease
  • Calgary International Burlesque Festival


  • Freezing Tassels Burlesque Festival
  • Jeezy's Juke Joint (Chicago/St. Louis)
  • Titty 500
  • Burning City Burlesque Festival


  • Burlesque Hall of Fame (Movers, Shakers and Innovators) 
  • Freezing Tassels Burlesque Festival 
  • Jeezy’s Juke Joint (Chicago/Minneapolis/Syracuse/Indianapolis)
  • Midwest Rockabilly Weekend (HOST)
  • Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival
  • Ohio Burlesque Festival (HEADLINER) 
  • Oregon Burlesque Festival
  • Dublin Burlesque Festival


  • Freezing Tassels Burlesque Festival (FEATURED PERFORMER)
  • The Dirty Show
  • Jeezy’s Juke Joint (San Francisco)
  • Miss Burlesque North America

Chicago Performances

Current Chicago Shows

  • Foundation Room
  • Vaudeville at Bordel
  • Cabaret a GOGO
  • Kiss Kiss Cabaret
  • Boy Toy Pocket Cabaret
  • Saveur Noire
  • Defund This!
  • Dirty Bird Burlesque
  • Puck and Grind
  • California Clipper
  • Backdoor Saloon
  • The Drifter
  • Anita Jon's Drag Up
  • Ashley Morgan Presents

Previous Chicago Shows

  • No-Tell Cabaret
  • PopTease
  • Top Pop
  • Puck and Grind
  • Beast Women
  • Salonathon
  • Pervesk Presents: Public Enemy #1
  • Naughty Little Cabaret
  • Fifolet
  • SIP
  • Safehouse


"Chicago’s Shimmy LaRoux kicked things off right, performing a sexy, high-energy routine for a video camera placed on the stage. The assumption being, she discovers the camera and decides to film her own personal sexy time…and WE GET TO WATCH! Three-fourths of the way through, she realizes someone’s approaching. She quickly dons a (previously unseen) maid uniform, picks up her feather duster and scuttles off, revealing that she was the maid, cleaning up for her boss’s video rendezvous. Totally unexpected, and a flawless act."

Great Burlesque Expo 9

"Burlesque performer Shimmy Laroux put on her red satin dress and black feather boa, cranked up the Muddy Waters, and raised the temperature."

 - Beast Women: Spring Series

"Not only was her act adorable and funny, her music mash-up was *perfect*.

- Great Burlesque Expo 10

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