I've always been interested in performance; when I was a kid I would regularly put on shows for other neighborhood kids, singing and dancing on my porch to Madonna songs (once, a girl friend and I tied up a couple of boys and forced them to watch our group routine). While in college back in early 2000's I remember reading an article in BUST about the World Famous *BOB* and the new burlesque scene popping up in NYC and I knew that's what I wanted to do. A brief stint working in a strip club furthered my desire to do burlesque because I had more of an artistic flare that the typical strip club audience did not appreciate. I also became obsessed with sideshows and was very sad that I lived in Indiana because I had no access to these performance options until a troupe was finally formed in Bloomington and I was able to audition.
How long have you been performing?
I've been performing burlesque for 2 years, one year spent with a troupe and the past year as an independent performer.
What does burlesque mean to you ?
Burlesque is over the top, it's supposed to push boundaries of femininity and masculinity. It's a way for women to take up space, express ourselves and take control of our bodies and the audience. It's been a wonderful way for me to work through body issues and is the perfect creative outlet for me.
I love the burlesque scene that is popping up in the midwest and wanted to support a new festival.
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