Meet your 2019 Dance Pavilion hosts!

PrideFest proudly presents T Rex, with daily co-hosts Melee McQueen,  Jaida Essence Hall, Jinkx Monsoon and Dita Von.

Your weekend host, June 6-9:  T Rex is hosting for her 6th year!

She helms from Chicago where she hosts Drag Matinee, Crash Landing, Plot Twist at Berlin Nightclub, RuPaul’s Drag Race viewings & XYZ at Roscoe’s Tavern.

She is also a monthly resident at D.I.X. Milwaukee.

Her favorite food is melted cheese!

Connect with T Rex on Facebook and Instagram.



Thursday, June 6:  Melee McQueen

Model on the Scene. Chameleon of your Dreams.

Melee is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 27 years old. Vietnamese, Chinese, Cambodian. Fifth year doing Drag.

Loves food, fashion, and cosplay!

Connect with Melee on Facebook and Instagram.




Friday, June 7: Jaida Essence Hall

Jaida Essence Hall is a 9 year drag veteran.

She is currently the reigning Miss City of the Lakes.  She has been competing for the entirety of her drag career, with a total of nine titles under her belt, including Miss Club Wisconsin 2016/17.

You can catch her hosting and performing at Hamburger Maryʼs Milwaukee every third Saturday for Dining with the Divas and every second Sunday for Sunday Divas Brunch.

Connect with Jaida on Instagram.




Saturday, June 8: Jinkx Monsoon

Jinkx Monsoon is one of the brightest stars on the drag circuit.

Jerick Hoffer graduated summa cum laude with a degree in theatrical performance from Cornish College in Seattle. His talented peers are singing his praises, but his overbearing and impudent persona, known as Jinkx Monsoon on season five of RuPaul’s Drag Race, didn’t go for the academic hype. Jinkx wanted to be famous – not smarter than everyone – and she succeeded.

jinkx_monsoon_pridefest_milwaukeeInfluenced by a grandmother with charm school polish, Hoffer learned to combine the sophistication of a southern belle with the crass behavior of a working girl. Jinkx is all about contrasts and what RuPaul describes as “a stage left, off center kind of quality.” With ten years experience on stage, Hoffer is a seasoned Portland-born entertainer who has captured the attention of his native northwest region.

The creation of Jinkx was complicated. “From the movie Death Becomes Her, I was inspired by the crazy extent vain women will go for eternal youth, beauty, and power,” Hoffer explains.

“Through Lucille Ball, I saw how a woman can bring you to tears with laughter with nothing more than a look. Through the Disney villains I was raised with, I saw how powerful a woman can be, and yet so deliciously evil. And through my mom, I saw not only the trials and tribulations a single mother faces every day, but also the strength and determination a woman can possess when she is trying to provide a bright future for her children.”

The Jinkx Monsoon personality is a manifestation of years of practice, a career endeavor that began when Hoffer was fifteen. “She is definitely a zany, off the wall, irreverent, gorgeous anachronism,” Hoffer adds. “She simply refuses to let her audience sit idol; she is a powerhouse of song and comedy, igniting her audiences in a frenzy of laughter and sexual tension.”

Extraordinarily real, some audiences have not yet decided whether Jinkx is a woman or a drag queen.

Combatting humble beginnings, struggling for social status, raising a homosexual son striving for fame as a comedian, this well-developed character has attained more than acclaim, but a life of her own.

As early as 2006, Hoffer appeared as the lead dancer in the world’s largest drag queen chorus line, which made the Guinness Book of World Records. By 2012, he had advanced to roles in Seattle theaters, playing Moritz in “Spring Awakening” (produced by Balagan Theatre) and Angel in “RENT” (produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre). In 2013, Hoffer will played Hedwig in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (produced by Balagan Theatre and Seattle Theatre Group).

A trained singer, Hoffer is half of the musical duo The Vaudevillians, a 1920s revival act.

Connect with Jinkx Monsoon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.



Sunday, June 9:  Dita Von

Dita Von has been proudly performing drag/female impersonation in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas for the past 6 years.

She’s no amateur to the stage, having performed in over 10 musical productions in her hometown of Manitowoc.  She is very thankful and grateful for the many opportunities available to her in Milwaukee. Dita can be found hosting and performing in weekly shows at many local venues.  When she isn’t performing, she most likely can be found working at the sewing machine making her visions become a reality.

Dita is very thankful and proud to be back hosting at PrideFest! She would like to wish everyone a happy, safe and most importantly, fun PRIDE! LOVE!!!

Connect with Dita Von on Instagram and Facebook.


Special note:  Shea Coulee, originally announced to co-host and perform on Saturday, June 8, has cancelled her PrideFest Milwaukee appearance due to a filming opportunity.