Diamondback Annie is a Los Angeles burlesque dancer known for her stadium rock-inspired production shows. Her large-scale live performances are characterized by special effects like wind machines and confetti cannons, and innovative props like scratch n sniff cards, exploding zombie heads; and custom-designed flame-throwing violins. Her wide-ranging themes often reference pop cultural icons past and present like Elvis; Luke Skywalker; and hapless Evil Dead hero Ash Williams.
Annie began her career with the Velvet Hammer - the Los Angeles burlesque troupe often credited with spawning the neoburlesque revival. Recently named one of LA's "Top 8 Exotic Dancers" by Timeout.com, she holds multiple titles from the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend – an annual event considered the Olympics of the burlesque world. Annie has headlined top public events like Viva Las Vegas and downtown LA’s Night on Broadway. She has also appeared in music videos for leading artists such as Pharrell Williams, RuPaul, and Maroon 5, whose video for hit song “Moves Like Jagger” featured her in drag as the Rolling Stones front man.
Raised Mormon in small-town Utah, Annie grew up shooting rifles at the church girls’ camp, and roping goats in the local rodeo. She is descended from the notorious witch Winifred Holman - who sued successfully for libel after being acquitted of charges made during the New England witch hunts in 1659.
Diamondback is also involved in local Los Angeles politics, and was an elected board member of the Echo Park Neighborhood Council, where she chaired the Planning & Land Use Committee. A former professional brand manager and publicist, she teaches PR workshops not only to fellow performers, but also to fellow politicians, at venues ranging from the NY School of Burlesque, to the annual Neighborhood Council Congress at Los Angeles City Hall. Annie has lectured on gender and performance at UCLA and the Experience Music Project’s annual Pop Music Conference, and appeared as an educator on MTV and Playboy TV.
Some of Annie’s favorite things are muscle cars; classic sci-fi; the LA Dodgers; high heels; insects & heavy metal.