Diamondback Annie is a Los Angeles burlesque dancer known for her stadium rock-inspired production shows. Her acts 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 reference iconic figures from popular culture past and present like Elvis; Luke Skywalker; and hapless Evil Dead hero Ash Williams.
Annie began her career with Los Angeles’ Velvet Hammer – one of the first troupes formed during the current burlesque 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. She has been a headline performer at top events such as the Ink N Iron Festival; 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. An academic prodigy, five-year-old Annie was moved ahead two years in school when her IQ tested nearly 20 points above what Einstein's was estimated to be. She is descended from the notorious witch Winifred Holman - who sued successfully for libel after being acquitted of charges during the New England witch hunts in 1659.
Diamondback is also involved in local Los Angeles politics. She was an elected member of the Echo Park Neighborhood Council, where she chaired the Planning & Land Use Committee. She also was part of the City's Outreach team for the recent Neighborhood Council elections. 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 LA City Hall. Annie has lectured on gender and performance at UCLA and the Experience Music Project’s annual Pop Music Conference, and has also 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.