About Arlene

Miss Burlesque Ireland 2016Based in the ancient and magical city of Kilkenny, Arlene Caffrey is a pint-sized bundle of sparks, an Irish OG pole dance legend and Burlesque artist ‘La Petite Mort’.

Arlene became addicted to pole dance in 2006 after taking some ‘pole fitness’ classes with her mum in her sleepy hometown of Drogheda, and later become involved with Burlesque by running away with the infamous ‘Lovecats’ Burlesque Troupe in 2010. She has since progressed, to travel all over the world to perform, compete, teach and develop her artistry. She became the first Miss Pole Dance Ireland in 2007 and has since gone on to conquer and win many titles, some of which include Miss Burlesque Ireland 2016 and Pole Theatre USA Comedy Winner 2018.

Bringing her love of old school sexy flexy acrobatic antics with badass Burlesque flare, she has performed all over the world including Las Vegas, Nashville, Chicago and more. As her Burlesque alter ego ‘La Petite Mort’, she has performed at all of the major Burlesque festivals and shows in Ireland, including Dublin Burlesque Festival, Galway Burlesque Festival and Belfast Burlesque Festival. She has also performed as part of the world famous Dublin Fringe Festival as well as performing in the international showcase at Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival in the UK.

Best known for her ‘Bad Bosco’ act, in which she hilariously ruins fond memories from Irish childhood, her signature style combines gravity defying antics with more body rolls high kicks and magical leg twirls than you can shake a stick at! She will stun you with her vivacity, blind you with her flexibility and after all you will still be left begging for more! You’ll be seeing splits for days..

When Arlene is not galavanting around the world you can find her at her studio sharing her love of all things sexy: the Irish Pole Dance Academy in Dublin.  Arlene is also a certified Liquid Motion floorwork instructor as well as a fully qualified Xpert Pole Fitness instructor (Levels 1-4), Vertical Dance Instructor and Freestyle Fitness Yoga Instructor. She travels the world teaching her signature workshops in ‘Burlesque & Pole Dance Fusion’, ‘Floorwork for Burlesque & Beyond’, ‘Pure Chair Dance’ and ‘Classique Pole Dance Flow’.


Competition Titles:

  • Pole Theatre USA Comedy Pro Winner 2018
  • Miss Burlesque Ireland 2016/17
  • United Pole Artists ‘Bringing Sexy Back’ Poster Model 2015
  • Miss Burlesque Ireland Finalist 2015
  • All Ireland Pole Dancing Championship Pro Winner 2014
  • Pole Theatre Ireland Classique Category Pro Winner 2014
  • All Ireland Pole Dancing Championship 2013 3rd Place
  • Irish Pole Champion 2011
  • All Ireland Pole Dancing Championship 2011 2nd Place
  • European Champion of Champions 4th Place 2010
  • World Pole Dance Championship Semi-Finalist 2010 (Zurich)
  • Irish Pole Champion 2010
  • Irish Pole Champion 2009 3rd Place
  • Miss Pole Fitness Northern Ireland 2008
  • Irish Pole Champion 2008
  • Miss Pole Dance Ireland 2007

Featured Appearances:

  • ‘Only After Dark’ Burlesque Show Resident Performer February 2017 – Present, Athlone, Ireland
  • Cork Burlesque Festival 2019 ‘The Rebel Cabaret’, April 2019, Cork, Ireland
  • ‘Daffodil Day Cabaret’, March 2019, Dublin, Ireland
  • ‘The Cabaret’ Burlesque Show, February 2019, Limerick, Ireland
  • ‘All That Trash: EnvironMENTAL Cabaret’, January 2019, Dublin, Ireland
  • ‘The Cabaret’ Burlesque Show, December 2018, Limerick, Ireland
  • ‘The Good Witch Revue’ Burlesque & Cabaret Show, November 2018, Dublin, Ireland
  • ‘The Wild Fox’ Burlesque Show, November 2018, Dublin, Ireland
  • ‘Tease-O-Rama’ Burlesque Show, October 2018, Belfast, UK
  • ‘Miss Burlesque Ireland’ 2018 Handover Performance, September 2018, Dublin, Ireland
  • ‘Fifi La Roux’s Autumn Emporium’, September 2018, Dublin, Ireland
  • ‘The Emerald Lounge’ Burlesque Show, August 2018, Cork, Ireland
  • ‘The Dirty Circus’ Burlesque Show Headliner, August 2018, Galway, Ireland
  • Canal Quarter Festival Burlesque Show, August 2018, Tullamore, Ireland
  • ‘The Wild Side’ A Badass Pole Show Headliner, June 2018, Chicago, USA
  • Galway Burlesque Festival Gala Show, May 2018, Galway, Ireland
  • ‘Chez Le Fab’ Burlesque & Cabaret Show Headliner, May 2018, Limerick, Ireland
  • ‘Daffodil Day Cabaret’, March 2018, Dublin, Ireland
  • ‘The Dirty Circus’ Burlesque Show Headliner, February 2018, Galway, Ireland
  • ‘Fifi La Roux’s Winter Emporium’, December 2017, Dublin, Ireland
  • ‘Bonnie Boux’s Bazooka Club’ Burlesque Show, December 2017, Waterford, Ireland
  • ‘Exotic Convention’ Guest Performer & Judge, November 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • ‘The Wild Side’ A Badass Pole Show Headliner, October 2017, Chicago, USA
  • ‘Brass Menagerie’ Pole Dance Revue Headliner, October 2017, Nashville, USA
  • ‘Closing Night’ Burlesque & Cabaret Show as part of ‘Dublin Fringe Festival’, September 2017, Dublin, Ireland
  • ‘The Baobab Stage’ Burlesque Show, September 2017, Las Vegas, USA
  • Canal Quarter Festival Burlesque Show, August 2017, Tullamore, Ireland
  • ‘Bonnie Boux’s Bazooka Club’ Burlesque Show, July 2017, Waterford, Ireland
  • Galway Burlesque Festival Gala Show, Dublin, Ireland, May 2017
  • Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival International Showcase, April 2017, UK
  • ‘The Deadliest Dames’ Burlesque & Cabaret Show, Limerick Fringe Festival, April 2017
  • ‘The Coochie Club’ Burlesque Show, March 2017, Dublin, Ireland
  • ‘Daffodil Day Cabaret’, March 2017, Dublin, Ireland
  • ‘Dr. Sketchy’s Dublin’, January & July 2017, Dublin, Ireland
  • Bella Agogo’s ‘The Dark Pearl’ Burlesque Show, December 2016, Dublin, Ireland
  • Belfast Burlesque Festival 2016 Gala Show, Belfast, UK
  • Dublin Burlesque Festival 2016 Opening Night, Dublin, Ireland
  • Alethea Austin’s ‘Live Dancing Girls: Halloween Edition’ 2016, Nashville, USA
  • Vodafone Comedy Festival / ‘Dirty Circus’ Spiegeltent, October 2016, Galway, Ireland
  • Wexford Fringe Festival Spiegeltent, October 2016
  • ‘Burlesque & Cabaret Social Club’, Sept 2016, Dublin, Ireland
  • ‘Pole Expo’ 2016 Featured Performer & Guest Instructor, Las Vegas, USA
  • Funeral Suits ‘Tree Of Life’ Music Video, 2016
  • ‘Pole Expo’ 2015 Featured Performer & Guest Instructor, Las Vegas, USA
  • ‘All Ireland Pole Dancing Championship’ 2015 Guest Performance
  • Belfast Burlesque Festival 2015 Newcomer Night, Belfast, UK
  • Alethea Austin’s ‘Live Dancing Girls: Halloween Edition’, October 2014, Nashville, USA
  • ‘Pole Expo’ 2014 Featured Performer, Las Vegas, USA
  • ‘Miss Burlesque Ireland’ Judge 2014
  • Pole Dance Ireland Princess Judge and Guest Performer 2010 – 2018
  • Alethea Austin’s ‘Live Dancing Girls: Halloween Edition’ October 2013, Nashville, USA
  • ‘Miss & Mr Pole Dance Germany’ Judge 2011, 2013 & 2015
  • ‘Irish Aerial Dance Festival’ Guest Instructor and Performer 2013, Letterkenny, Ireland
  • Nanu Nanu ‘Dirt’ Music Video, 2013
  • The PaperDolls ‘Eccentric Ladies of Meeting House Square’ Performer, August 2012, Dublin, Ireland
  • Ether Productions ‘Mirror, Mirror’ Performer, Drogheda Arts Festival, May 2012
  • Exit: Pursued By A Bear ‘Hug’ Music Video, 2011
  • ‘The LoveCats’ Burlesque Troupe Main Performer, 2010 – 2011, Dublin, Ireland