16 Totally Committed Madonna Tribute Artists Who Keep Us On The Dance Floor
Melissa Totten puts Madge’s iconic choreography front and center. And she’s been at it for about 20 years! Luis Camacho, one of Madonna’s most recognizable dancers from her iconic Blond Ambition Tour praised Totten saying she, “is as close to Ms. Thing as the real Ms. Thing…bar none.” Totten has even performed with two Blonde Ambition dancers, Oliver Crumes and Carlton Welborn, in Amsterdam’s Gay Pride Parade in 2016.
Denise “Bella” Vlasis
Like The Queen of Pop herself, Denise “Bella” Vlasis received a dance scholarship and studied dance professionally. “Dance is a very important part of my life and is what attracted me to Madonna in the very beginning of my career,” Vlasis told Dance.com. As you can see from this clip, Vlasis’ choreography from the “Vogue” video is picture perfect.
Chris America has been a full-time impersonating Madonna since high school: “I never expected I would have such longevity in my career and working as a Madonna impersonator  years later.” She commands up to $35,000 for a single appearance. But there’s a price to pay, too. She had a gap drilled between her front teeth to recreate Madonna’s one-of-a-kind smile!
Though Coty Alexander also impersonates Lady Gaga, Marilyn Monroe and Gwen Stefani, she is best known for Madonna. She appeared as the Material Girl on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Good Morning America” and many other programs. Madonna’s Reinvention Tour film crew even followed Alexander around Las Vegas to shoot a “life as a Madonna Tribute Artist” segment for the tour’s documentary.
Comedian Nadya Ginsburg nails the mannerisms and idiosyncrasies of not only Madonna, but also Cher and Britney. Her 8-episode web series “The Madonnalogues” is a laugh riot and features a lot of dancing to boot. We love how she impishly casts 10-year-olds to play Madge’s boyfriends.
Adam Daniel Guerra
Adam Daniel Guerra (a/k/a Venus D-Lite) has spent $75,000 to look like Madonna, including having his jaw re-shaped and receiving multiple brow lifts, cheek implants and numerous fillers. His Madonna impersonation act not only features Madge’s music video moves, but it led to him being a contestant on season 3 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
Nicole Padberg‘s indoctrination into the Madonna impersonation business was partly accidental. She half-serious pitched her services to the director of her Elvis impersonator boyfriend at one of his rehearsals. When the director’s scheduled Madonna cancelled later, she got the gig! With moves like this picture-perfect “Express Yourself” Blond Ambition routine, it’s not hard to see why she succeeded.
1999 MTV Video Music Awards
You’ve probably noticed that not all of our featured impersonators are female. As a female role model, Madonna has long been a popular figure among drag queens. And as far as drag fabulosity goes, nothing has topped the Madonna tribute at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. Not one, not two, but 11 queens walked the runway with the Queen of Pop’s seemingly endless looks. When the real thing came out to survey her tribute, she quipped, “All I have to say is that it takes a real man to fill my shoes.”
Ricardo Torres used to perform as Madonna for Screaming Queens Entertainment, a company that provides drag queens and other unconventional entertainment performers for parties. He hung up his cone bra a few years ago, but fortunately he hasn’t “touched us for the very last time.” Check out his top-notch “Open Your Heart”/”Vogue” medley and another “Vogue” rendition, where he nails the headstand Madonna included for her Re-Invention Tour. This is one performer who never went for second best! 🎶
Ms. Ermine Muff
Along the lines of the unforgettable 1999 VMAs, here is another bevy of Boy Toys channeling Madge backed by hundreds of gay chorus boys. Our favorite is Ms. Ermine Muff dressed meticulously as “Marie Antoinette a/k/a 1990 VMA Vogue performance” Madonna. Watch what happens when she lifts up her gown!
Isn’t this every fan’s dream? Here is Sarah Winfree performing “Holiday” in a “Like a Virgin” costume on a Waikiki rooftop. #Discuss
Shawn M Superstar – and her dog Rocco – snapped this pic and displayed it on her Instagram with this caption: “Rocco and I backstage at the MGM grand garden arena after I popped out of a cake for madonnas [sic] tour manager.” Here’s Shawn’s European-leg-Blond-Ambition-look “Holiday” performed at the same Vegas gay club as Kenneth Blake – on the very same night! The occasion was a “Madonna Bday Bash” on Madonna’s 56th birthday, August 16, 2014.