"Nesting Doll of Burlesque"

Karina Libido is a ​ Burlesque Performer based in NYC. Having appeared in over 400 shows, Karina developed a style of her own and stole hearts of many fans. Since her start in 2015, Ms Libido quickly became a busy performer and was selected as an Artist in Residence in multiple shows: Tina Tassels’ monthly show "Meat My Friends" in 2016, Calamity Chang’s weekly show “Room 69” at Hotel Chantelle in 2017 and Doux Supperclub in 2018, as well as Grace Gotham's monthly show "Peel Me A Glove" (4th Tuesday of every month at Sid Gold's Request Room) where Karina has held her residency since the first show in January 2016 till present day. Karina Libido has had an honor to perform in The New York Burlesque Festival and Empire Burlesque Festival in 2017, has toured East and West Coasts, appeared as a guest performer on a Princess Cruises ship and is about to compete for the title “Best of the Fest” in
Las Vegas Burlesque Festival 2018.

Karina Libido is a versatile artist: with background in classical ballet she now performs fan dances, classic burlesque, neo-burlesque, fetish and specialty acts. Karina is a beautiful addition to any event: she truly owns the stage and loves crowd interaction, her Burlesque Acts are always full of wit and humor, her costumes are sparkly and elegant. In addition, you can often see Karina as a Cigarette Girl, Art Model or a Vintage Go-Go Dancer. After her very first public appearance as a cigarette girl, Karina’s photo ended up on the cover of The New York Times.

Ukrainian and Russian half and half, Karina often brings cultural appreciation to her routines gracing the stage as a traditional nesting doll "Matryoshka" or dancing to the Gypsy motives of the Russian Romance "Dark Eyes" (Ochi Chernye). She has performed regularly at The Slipper Room, Nurse Bettie, Hotel Chantelle, Lumos, The Salon, Shanghai Mermaid, The Back Room, Apotheke, Le Scandal, Employees Only, Sid Gold's Request Room, Guadalupe Inn, Doux Supperclub and many other shows and venues. Being a big Jazz Aficionado, Karina Libido especially enjoys dancing to live jazz bands and has worked with such talented collectives as Svetlana & the Delancey Five, Broadway Brassy & The Brass Knuckles, Dandy Wellington and His Band, Dan Levinson's Bogeymen, Gioel Severini's Jazz Band, Gordon Au & The Grand Street Stompers as well as danced to the tinkling sounds of Chris Johnson's piano. Karina is currently focusing on out of town and private events.
See the show calendar

"Nesting Doll of Burlesque"

"​​​A​​​​​​​​​ Leggy Bombshell"
Grace Gotham

"​​​​A Tall Sparkling Glass
of Champagne"
Broadway Brassy


"A​​​​​ Girl who Single-handedly Melted the Iron Curtain"
Will Friedwald

"Lust at First Sight"

Video Credit Mirco Pasqualini aka Cinematic Thief of Life

Photo Credit Karina Libido 

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