I got started in burlesque through a wonderful Indy troupe called Angel Burlesque, headed by Katie Angel. AB offered workshops with emphasis on developing your own style, too, which drew me in. I took an interest in historical women of color in the entertainment industry in college and came across women like Josephine Baker who just 'sent me' creatively. I wanted a little piece of that for myself I think; the chance to create and to give all I could give onstage is a constant allure to me.
How long have you been performing?
I have been performing in one way or another since 2nd grade - so almost 19 years! I am a classically trained actor with a degree in Theater Performance from Butler University with a particular focus in classical literature analysis - so I enjoy the old & gritty tales and creatures best. Those who see my burlesque routines can see touches of that darker focus with a great deal of emphasis put on the purpose of the skit thematically. I love to tell some kind of story throughout my routines - it's what divides this work from run-of-the-mill stripping!
What does burlesque mean to you ?
Burlesque is opportunity. Burlesque is expression in one of its freest forms. Burlesque is a chance for me to be comedic and sexy all in one medium - something I would thirst for otherwise. Burlesque is a newly-opened window into men & women's sexual individuality. I am blessed to be a part of this latest movement of creation.
There's a rich history of this art form right in Ohio's back yard! I'd be a fool if I missed a chance to soak it up myself.
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