About Hazel

“The Delicate Flower”

Hazel Honeysuckle is a burlesque performer, actress and model based in New York City. Since 2009, she has been using her experience in ballet, ballroom, and arts and crafts to make a complete spectacle of herself whenever possible! Drawing inspiration from the fierce and fantastic performers of the ’40s and ’50s, as well as the amazing array of modern performers working today, Hazel has developed a wide range of performance styles, and is always eager for something new!

Hazel was crowned “Princess of Southern Exposure 2012″ at the Great Southern Exposure Pageant  in Charlotte, NC. She also appears in the Netflix series “House of Cards“, playing the role of Echo, and is appearing weekly all summer at the Borgata in “The Burlesque Show” in Atlantic City!

Hazel was a founding member of NYC’s only all-classic burlesque troupe, The Rhinestone Follies. She also performs with other amazing shows including Wasabassco Burlesque, the Paper Dolls Troupe, Epic Win Burlesque, D20 Burlesque, and Broadway Varietease. She performs regularly in many NYC venues, including Bathtub Gin, The Slipper Room, City Winery, Nurse Bettie, the Bell House and R Bar. She also recently toured the American South with the gals from Mason Dixie Burlesque.

Hazel began her burlesque career at Jo Weldon’s NY School of Burlesque, making her debut on the stage of the old Slipper Room. A childhood ballerina, she developed her love for performing in weekend recitals, with tutus and sequined costumes in tow. Later experience in ballroom dancing fueled the desire for elegance and poise. She has traded up to rhinestoned pasties, and developed a true love for the glamour of the golden age of burlesque, and the women (both then and now) who paved the way for today’s performers.

Hazel by Bettina May

An avid crafter, she sews her costumes herself, finding the development of a costume to be half the fun! She also makes custom costume items and pasties for other performers.

Hazel’s other interests include dancing, dress-up, sewing, crafting, thrift stores, sci-fi, fantasy, Dungeons & Dragons, and dorks.

Testimonials

One of my favorite showgirls

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Hazel countless times throughout the past 3 or 4 years, and she remains one of my favorite showgirl/models I know. She spares no detail in her costume, makeup and styling, and brings an infectious positive and sweet energy to all gigs. Hazel is as charming as she is talented, and will add an unsurpassed loveliness to any stage, photoshoot or function.” - Shien Lee, Dances of Vice

Exciting, classy, and fabulous act for a party

I hired Hazel for my sister’s bachelorette party and she was absolutely wonderful! About a month before the party, I told Hazel some things about the party and about my sister’s taste and she specifically chose an act that she thought my sister would like as well as gave me an estimate for the party. From start to finish Hazel was really easy to work with; she was accommodating and very prompt with her responses. For the party, Hazel arrived right on time and was great about communicating with me via text to make sure my sister didn’t catch on to the surprise. Her act was amazing—she is so gorgeous and had on an awesome costume (she was very sparkly)! Her dancing was beautiful and graceful and sexy all at the same time. My sister said she was perfect and all of the guests were wowed by her. I’m so happy I hired Hazel for the party. It was something exciting, but classy and fabulous—not your run-of-the-mill bachelorette! - Katie D.