Getting to Know the Angels

Getting to Know Jada Bella

JadaHandsLogoWhat inspired you to start burlesque?
I wasn’t actually inspired to do burlesque. My stage manager at DK asked me if I’d like to do a routine for a show she was producing. I didn’t even really know that much about burlesque other than it was a more theatrical form of taking your clothes off. HA! It showed that I didn’t know much about it with the first routine I put together, but I think I pulled it off and I loved it! It was such a different median for me as a classically trained professional dancer. I’d never thought about being a burlesque performer, but I’ve always had a love of glitter. So here I am, how ever many years later. I don’t get to perform much but it’s so rewarding when I do.

How did you pick your burlesque name?
So the first burlesque name I picked actually was Jill “put on your Sunday shoes” Godwin. The Sunday shoes is from a family guy episode and I thought it was funny. Then hearing it before my first routine, I was like, ummmmmm no that’s not going to work. I don’t want a bell to go off with people if they happened to have seen DK. So, I did some thinking. The name Jada came to mind because I remember my mom telling me that she was either going to name me Jillian or Jada. Bella is Italian for Beauty or beautiful. So I joined the two. I love it, it works, done deal.


How long have you been doing burlesque?
I seriously don’t know how long I’ve been wearing the pasties… 5 years I think. I believe I was 25 when I started so it’ll be going on 6 years.

 How have you changed, onstage and backstage in that time?
I’m exploring more outside of my comfort zone. I have a lot of dance training to always fall back on. So I’m trying to do more improv and not necessarily have a routine choreographed. I just recently did my first reverse strip which was super fun but also terrifying. People have always liked my chill energy backstage. I’ve been a performer and been on stage and off for a LONG time so I don’t get super jittery or nervous. I try to help others stay calm and try to be as goofy as possible.


What have some of your challenges been, as a performer?

Some of my challenges as a performer is just lack of money and time. I wish I had more time to devote and also more money to buy all the things. As an artist, we just don’t make a lot, so we supplement income by teaching dance, working at a garden center during the summers, I also teach aerial yoga. So it’s hard to find a good balance of what I’ve spent my entire life building (dance career, yes it is a career, no, it is not a hobby.) and my hobby (burlesque). I do know that when I retire from dance, I’d like to have more free time to go to festivals and workshops, perform outside of Indy. Sounds like a fun next step.

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Do you have any fur babies?
Yes, 3 fur babies, Picasso Poquito Del Aranjois Godwin, Lucy Girl, and Layla. 3 Fin babies, Les Paul, Gefilte Fish, and Atlantic Stanon Crush.

How do you feel about glitter?
GLITTER ON ALL THE THINGS!!!!!!

What is your favorite kind of beer?
I’m a beer enthusiast actually. I go to beer fests and love going up to breweries. My favorite is an imperial IPA called Permanent Funeral from 3 Floyd’s. It’s up in Munster, IN. It’s so hobby and crisp. And it’s 10% ABV which is super high. You’re feeling pretty good after 2 pints. I remember one time, the Aristocrat Pub has some on tap and my boyfriend and I went and had like 5 each. We waited quite a while before we drove home. It’s that good.


Tell us about your favorite crafting and gardening projects.
I’ve always been a fan of crafting. I love rhinestoning even though I’m not that great at it. I’ve always enjoyed making jewelry, scarves, hats. I taught myself how to make dream catchers. I love making handmade candles. The only thing I really don’t like is sewing. Not for me, but mad respect for those that do. I’m obsessed with plants. I inherited a lot of my moms orchids and succulents, hibiscus’. I have a raised bed in the summertime for a veggie garden. They are like the children I will never have. Lol, no just kidding I will have kids someday.

If you could time travel with no consequences, where and when would you go?

JadaBella3Ahhh. Time travel. I might get a little deep here but that’s ok…. I think I’d go back to when my mom was still alive but on hospice. I wish I could’ve talked to her more. Ask her more questions. Tell her I loved her one more time. I think about her everyday and what I wish I could’ve/would’ve/should’ve done. Just one more hug and one more, I’ll see you on the other side.

What is your perfect Jeopardy board (6 topics that you’d kick ass in)?
Jeopardy board, oh yeah. My digs! Orchids, Ballet History, Famous Choreographers, Name that Aloe, Musicals, Beer!

If you could describe your essence as a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?
First of all I love ice cream. If I could describe my essence as an ice cream flavor it would be lavender. I know weird right but I think it really does describe me. I’m fragrant, bold, soft, willowy, and resilient.

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Getting to Know Christina Arabesqua


AB_Nerdgasm_028What inspired you to start burlesque?
I’ve always enjoyed dancing and there aren’t many dancing opportunities for adults. I saw the dancing audition for the Steampunk show and the rest is history.

How did you come up with your first routine?
I generally start with a song I like. I choreograph to that and figure out the costume and character later.

How did you pick your burlesque name?
Well I have a strong dance background so I like that Arabesqua is almost the dance term Arabesque.  I also like that Christina Arabesqua is a play on Christina Aguilera but for a dancer instead of a singer.

How long have you been doing burlesque?
About a year. I started just dancing with the troupe and slowly came into burlesque.

How have you changed, onstage and backstage in that time?
I’ve become more of a ‘performer’ instead of just a dancer. When I performed choreography that was created by someone else, I did the steps properly but didn’t put much emotion into my dancing. Now that I choreograph myself, I have a lot of fun adding personality and character to my routines.

What tips can you give aspiring performers?
Have faith in yourself and practice. I never perform anything that I haven’t had ample time to practice.

What have some of your challenges been, as a performer?
Costuming and hair are challenging for me. If I can get a solid idea for a costume, I can usually figure out how to create it, but coming up with those unique ideas is difficult for me.  I also have all this hair and can’t figure out how to do anything with it!
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What’s your favorite part of burlesque?
I love that I can choreograph my own routines and perform them.

Are there any parts of burlesque you loathe?
The mess. When getting ready for a show I create the biggest messes in my workroom and the bathroom. I need to be more organized.

 
Do you have any fur babies?
I have two male Chihuahuas who are my babies. Spike (who is afraid of everyone and everything) and Peppy (who is mostly blind but supper friendly) are both 8 years old.

Tell us about creating choreography for yourself and for group routines. Is that something you enjoy? Where do you get your inspiration?
Choreography for me usually begins with a song that I like or a song that goes with an idea. I start just moving with the music and see if anything looks good in front of a mirror. If I get stuck, I go to YouTube videos for more inspiration. It is fun especially when you see that the audience enjoyed your end product but can also be frustrating if you just can’t find the right moves for sections of the routine.

You love to go on cruises! Tell us about that. Where have you been? What do you enjoy about cruising?
Cruises! I’ve been on 16. The 17th is booked for September. I need at least one a year but two is better. I love that they are budget friendly, you get to see different locations without changing your hotel room, and FOOD! I love food. All of your food is included with the price of the cruise so I usually gain a few pounds after every vacation. I’ve been to most of the Bahamas and Caribbean. Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Haiti, Jamaica, Belize, St Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk and Honduras are some of the ports I’ve been to.
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If you could time travel with no consequences, where and when would you go?
The future. I wonder if people ever start treating each other better.

If you could have dessert with any three people, past or present, who would you choose?  
Grandma Jo and Grandma Carolyn. I miss them.

What is your perfect Jeopardy board (6 topics that you’d kick ass in)?
I would not kick ass at ANY Jeopardy board. I have the WORST memory!

Would you prefer to fly or be invisible?  Why?
Fly. I love to travel but I hate traveling! When are transporters going to be invented?

If you could describe your essence as a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Melting chocolate because I’m sweet but messy.

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Getting to Know Sadie Seirēn

AndSadieWhat inspired you to start burlesque?
Katie Angel- growing up I always looked up to Katie. I admired her- she’s funny, sexy, and confident. Katie is different than the standard definition of beauty- and she’s fucking gorgeous exactly the way she is. I came out to a burlesque show and saw how confident and unstoppable she seemed, and it made me aspire to be that for myself.

How did you come up with your first routine?
I get really inspired by music. Sometimes an idea just hits me in the face, and it sticks. My first routine was actually a group- it was a song I had been singing for years and I could just see the routine in my head. My first solo routine was similar. I was listening to an album I’ve listened to for years, heard one of the songs, and it just fit in my head. I try not to force a routine out of something that doesn’t feel totally right; I try to stick with my intuition.

How did you pick your burlesque name?
Originally I wanted to be Sadie Hawkins, but it turns out there’s already a Sadie Hawkins Burlesquer. After a few shows of going by Sadie Skye, I talked with the Angels and we came up with Sadie Siren. Which is perfect for me, as I have always had a rather nerdy obsession with mythology. From there, I decided that Siren alone was too common and I wanted to use the original Greek spelling of Seirēn… Because I’m super annoying that way.

How long have you been doing burlesque?
It’s been about a year and a half since I’ve been performing with the Angels. For a few months I stuck to singing- it took a while for me to build up the courage to do a full strip.

How have you changed, onstage and backstage in that time?
I’ve been trying really hard to challenge myself. I often limit myself to comedic characters because that’s what I’m most comfortable portraying. But I’ve been challenging myself to more serious styles; like sultry!
I’ve gotten very confident about my body. (Almost too confident.) Three years ago I never would have left the house in a tank top or shorts. Now half of my wardrobe is cutoff tops and funky little skirts. Sometimes I even go braless… Free the boobies!!

What tips can you give aspiring performers?
I think the best performers have confidence and conviction in what they’re doing. In theatre we have a common saying, “if you make a mistake, at least make a big one.” As long as you just go for it, the audience will be right with you.

SadieSeiren2What’s been your most memorable onstage moment?
Non-Burlesque related- when the audience went crazy for me during my bows for Hairspray. I’d never felt so validated as a performer. That memory keeps me going when I get almost too afraid to perform.

Burlesque-wise, I’ll never forget how excited that random audience member was when I started singing a song from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I don’t know why, but his excitement really stuck with me.

Any embarrassing moments?
It’s not onstage, but it happened while getting ready to go on stage. I was innocently spray gluing my underwear to my body and I wasn’t paying much attention to where I was spraying. Suddenly, there was a rather odd, cold sensation between my butt cheeks. With a stark horror, I realized that I had sprayed my ass cheeks together…

I had to stand in front of a mirror and pull my cheeks apart. I don’t think I’ve ever been so uncomfortable. I don’t think my ass has undergone such pain… And I have a tattoo on my butt.

What have some of your challenges been, as a performer?
I have two very conflicting tendencies: perfectionism and procrastination. Anyone that has worked with me knows how anal I get about my performance- I critique every moment that I’m on stage. But I also wait until the very last minute to put anything together- which causes me needless stress.

What’s your favorite part of burlesque?
I absolutely love the environment. I feel valued and appreciated by my fellow performers. I love that I feel empowered: as a singer, an entertainer, a comedian, and as a woman. I also love that I get my performance fix without having to go through months of rehearsals.

Are there any parts of burlesque you loathe?
I hate that I can’t plan every moment out. I’m an actress: I’m used to following a script and sticking very strictly to the given choreography. In some ways the unknown is freeing; in other ways it’s terrifying. When it comes down to it, it’s really good for me- it’s a huge challenge. But that doesn’t change the fact that sometime I feel absolute terror!

Tell us about your blog!
I’ve been single for quite a while, and I tried online dating.  It’s not for me.

I was constantly bombarded by creeps and it was really frustrating. Well, one day I posted a screenshot on my Facebook and everyone loved it. For a while I had been sending the screenshots to my friends and we’d laugh, but I discovered that my experiences caused widespread amusement. So one day I compiled my little collection of creeps and started a blog- Fickle and Alone.

Each day it gets more popular, and each day I lose more hope for humanity.
My blog can be found at: https://fickleandalone.wordpress.com

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Photo: Angela Leisure Photography

How is burlesque similar and different from theatre?
I go about Burlesque very similarly to how I go about theatre. I’m playing a character, Sadie, it’s not *me* up there. Me, who turns bright red any time someone says anything flirty. Me, who falls- A LOT.
That said, in some ways, it’s very different than theatre, because it is kind of… *me.* It’s my idea, my choreography, my song choice, my personality. I’m not performing someone else’s work. I’m performing… *me.* Sadie is a fabulous, braver, sexually confident version of *me.*

If you could do any project with an unlimited budget, what would you do?
I would do a production of Into The Woods in which I played all of the characters.
Or a production of Gypsy in which I played all the characters.
OR a production of Spring Awakening in which I play all the characters.
OR- OR a gender-bended production of Rocky Horror in which I play most of the characters.

Your Mama is super supportive…what does she think about burlesque?
She came to my first burlesque show with me. While we were sitting in the audience watching the performers, she turned to look at me and said, “So… When are you going to start doing this?”

Since then, she has come to every burlesque show I’ve performed in, even the shows where I’ve asked her to step out of the room for my solo. (I don’t like my mommy watching my more sexual routines.) On my solo debut, she and my step-dad sent backstage a bouquet with a note that read, “Breast Wishes!!” and a set of candy nipple tassels. If that isn’t unending support, I don’t know what is.

Here’s what she said for herself, “Burlesque allows women to take control of their own sexuality; to present themselves in the way that they want to be portrayed, rather than have their sexuality dictated to them by male fantasies or cultural ideas of what is or isn’t sexy. Burlesque defines beauty in a way that is inclusive of all women. It promotes self-esteem, positive body image, and the arts. Why wouldn’t I want my daughter to be a part of this?”

me and jeffWhen did you meet Katie and Jeff?
I met Jeff when I was five years old. We both participated heavily in the Indy theatre community. We did Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat together about six times. I used to call Jeff my Theatre Dad. Which is weird now if you think about it. But I mean… look how cute…

Around the same time, I met Katie when she started stage managing at the theatre I frequently worked at. She was ALWAYS my favorite. So much so, that she inspired me to start doing tech work- which is now my job! She asked me to do lights for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which meant we spent a lot of time in the tech booth together. At this time, she and Jeff were just starting to date. That’s right people, I got to witness the budding relationship of Katie and Jeff Angel! Aww!

Once during the rehearsals of that show, we got locked out of the tech booth. Katie, being the ever-devoted stage manager that she is, climbed into the window through the audience while shouting, “I AM NOT A MONKEY!” After that hilarious scenario, I began sneaking banana-related items into her stuff. I was pretty funny for a ten year old.

If you could time travel with no consequences, where and when would you go?
I’d go into the future. I’d be too tempted to change the past, with unknown results. But if I could go into the future, see the problems that will arise, I could perhaps change the present for the better.

If you could have dessert with any three people, past or present, who would you choose?
Kurt Vonnegut, William Shakespeare, and Freddie Mercury. It’d be an odd mix, but I’d be happy.

What is your perfect Jeopardy board (6 topics that you’d kick ass in)?
Theatre History * Musical Theatre * Shakespeare Quotes and Analysis * Psych 101 * Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trivia * Seemingly Useless Facts Learned from Documentaries

Would you prefer to fly or be invisible? Why?
It would depend on if the invisibility can be controlled or not… If I can turn it on and off when I choose, then invisibility all the way. I’d become a spy. Or a criminal. Or I’d just eavesdrop on private conversations. That sounds like fun.

If you could describe your essence as a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Pistachio… Brightly colored, a little out of the ordinary, super tasty but not for everyone. That’s me!!

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Getting to Know Gwen De’Lyn

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What inspired you to start burlesque?
I was inspired to start burlesque by the beautiful Mona S’more. She talked me into kittening for a Halloween show back in 2013 but I really got the bug for it after kittening for Nerdgasm in 2014.

How did you come up with your first routine?
My first routine was inspired by my bestie Andrew Mathews. He told me “Hey I heard this song and I think it would be a great song for your first routine.” He played Lanae DelRay’s “Once a Upon A Dream” and I was hooked. It was dark and very sensual.

How did you pick your burlesque name?
My burlesque name was a product of throwing names around with my fiancée. I said Gwendelyn but couldn’t come up with a “last” name. He said “Well split it up”. That is when I became Gwen De’Lyn.

How long have you been doing burlesque?
Kittened for the first time in 2013 but performed for the first time in the Showgirl Showcase in October of 2014.

How have you changed, onstage and backstage in that time?
I definitely feel more confident on stage. I can make eye contact with the audience!

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What tips can you give aspiring performers?
Go at your own pace. Take your time. BREATHE

What’s been your most memorable onstage moment?
For me it would it be when I stripped down to a bikini on stage during Nerdgasm.

Any embarrassing moments? Not that I can remember

What have some of your challenges been, as a performer?
Coming up with routines.

What’s your favorite part of burlesque?
The costumes and the make-up! GLITTER

Are there any parts of burlesque you loathe?
False Eyelashes, those things are a pain in the arse.

Who were you in high school? What advice would you give high school you?
I was the quiet girl. I didn’t have that many friends. I moved around quite a bit. I would tell the High School Gwen be confident in her beliefs and herself.

Do you have any exciting events in your Muggle life coming up in the future?
MY WEDDING

What do your co-workers think of burlesque?
They all think it is pretty awesome. My boss is constantly coming up with songs and how I need to do a routine to them.

If you could time travel with no consequences, where and when would you go?
I think I would like to travel out west when there was no cities and it was just the Native Americans.

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Angel Burlesque Tribute to the Muppets – Photo: G.Watson Images

If you could have dessert with any three people, past or present, who would you choose?
That is a good question however I can’t think of anyone. ☺️

What is your perfect Jeopardy board (6 topics that you’d kick ass in)? Children’s Books, Gemstones, Bargain Shopping, Bon Jovi music

Would you prefer to fly or be invisible?  Why?
I would like to fly but I would buy a kick ass suit that is temperature controlled because it gets cold up in the clouds.

If you could describe your essence as a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Persimmon… depending on the season I could be sweet or I could be sour 😉

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Getting to Know Selina Prince

Photo By: Angela Leisure Photography

Photo By: Angela Leisure Photography

**Special Thanks to Angela Leisure Photography on Selina's feature 
photo above!**

What inspired you to start burlesque?
I have always loved dancing and have always wanted to be a performer, but it was always something I saw as a dream and not something that would ever be a reality.  I was too shy or busy in high school, then occupied with college, being married, having kids.  The idea has been there for a long while in the back of my mind, but there was always something in the way.  I would tell myself, “Oh you can do that after you lose 20 pounds” or “After you have a better job” etc.  At the begininning of this year, I just finally hit a point where I decided that if I wanted to do the things that I loved then I was going to have to start doing them NOW!  I was never going to be the perfect weight or have the perfect job or the perfect amount of money.  I started looking around on google for Indianapolis Burlesque and I really like Katie Angel’s message that “Real is Sexy”.  Katie was also one of the only people to respond.  They were getting ready to do auditions for
Miss Honey B’s Bourbon Boylesque the next day, and even though I was scared to death, I showed up and the rest is history.

How did you come up with your first routine?
The first routine I came up with was actually the second routine that I performed, which touches on another question. The very first routine I thought up was “Dark Magic” to Katie Perry’s “Dark Horse”.  I actually found that song on ITunes waaaaay before it became popular and super over played.  I thought that song was catchy and fun.  I love a wide variety of music from pop to metal!  I thought that in order to be able to start burlesque, I was going to need a routine to audition with, so that’s why I created “Dark Magic”.  I actually did not need to have a routine prepared so that got shelved into the back of my brain.  When Nerdgasm started coming around, I happened to think up my Mad Hatter routine.  I usually get ideas for my numbers by songs.  I will hear a song and think, “Wow, that would be great for….”.  And I was listening to Nine Inch Nails, heard the song “Into the Void” and knew that it would be a perfect fit for that character (especially
since i love Alice in Wonderland).  “Dark Magic” ended up being the routine I did for the Showgirl Showcase because I was having issues with a tendon injury and needed something fast because i wasn’t sure of my ability to perform, which is why I ended up using the one I had originally worked out in my head.  Sooooooo, long story short, music is usually what drives my routines!  I listen and sample out all kinds of music, new and old, and think about what the music makes me feel.

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Photo By: Angela Leisure Photography

What is the inspiration behind your stage name?
Selina is from cat woman’s alter ego name, Selina Kyle.  Prince is from wonder woman’s alter ego name, Diana Prince.  I am a bit of a nerd, I love comic books and super heroes.  And my personality in general is kind of a split personality, part good girl, part bad girl.  I thought it was the perfect mix!

How long have you been doing burlesque?
I have only been doing burlesque since January of 2014, or at least that’s when i became involved!

How have you changed, onstage and backstage in that time?
I have learned in life that experience is the ultimate teacher.  I have watched many different people perform burlesque since I started, I have taken classes and absorbed as much information as I can.  All of these things are super valuable, but actually performing is what has taught me the most.  Nerdgasm was probably the most influential, because it gave me the opportunity to perform the same thing over and over again.  Doing that allows you to become less nervous, to change and tweak your numbers, to see how different audiences effect your performances.  I still love burlesque and I am still the same weird, awkward, overly excited lunatic as I have always been!  I try to be mindful of others backstage and not rub my weirdness on them (at least not too much!).  But I just think that I have grown in confidence in my skills and i look forward to trying new things and growing even more.

Why in the world did you pick such a tired, overplayed song for your Dark Magic routine?
LOL—the answer is up above….but I seriously cracked up when I read this!!!  They did play the fuck out of this song, which is quite irritating because my idea came BEFORE they screwed it up by over playing this on the radio!!!

selinaprince1What tips can you give aspiring performers?
Go see burlesque shows and take classes and start listening to music or whatever it is that inspires your creativity and then just get out there and do it!  The only person that is holding you back is you!

A lot of the performers are often asked, what does What’s been your most memorable onstage moment?
Probably when my music just stopped dead on me.  In my mind I was thinking, “holy shit!” But I just kept going!  It has happened twice now, so I think that song is cursed…probably because it’s so tired and over played!!!!!  LOL!

Any embarrassing moments? 
The time that my pastie came off in “Night of the Dancing Flames” for the DK show.  I actually noticed that it came off, and I was responsible for getting the red cloth and walking across the front of the stage!

Why can’t you keep pasties on?!
I KNOW!  I think my nipples just need to see everyone!!!  Actually, it was just not using strong enough glue.  Which sucks, because I have to choose between glue that doesn’t hold well enough and I flash the people of Indianapolis, or glue that’s so strong that it feels like it’s ripping my nipples off when I remove the pasties!!!  My poor nips!

What’s your favorite part of burlesque?
My favorite part is honestly the people.  The people who do it and the people who come and see it.  I have met some of the most wonderful people ever being a part of this fabulous hobby!  If I wasn’t able to ever perform again (which would be terribly sad), I would still be incredibly blessed to have met all the awesome people I have met through burlesque.

Photo: Angela Leisure Photography

Photo: Angela Leisure Photography

Are there any parts of burlesque you loathe?
Loathe is a harsh word.  I love burlesque and wouldn’t do it if i didn’t enjoy it.  But the part I don’t like is kind of odd.  I LOVE being dressed up in costume, but I kind of dread the actual process of putting it all on.  Finding all the things and hauling all the things and remember all the things.  Putting on the contacts and eye lashes and all the make up and the glitter and the panty hose and glueing myself in and safety pinning it all to perfection….sometimes that process is just EXHAUSTING to even think about.  But the final product…that I LOVE and I LOVE performing and all the other things that come along.

Tell us about your muggle job.
I am a preschool teacher!!!  I know that’s probably weird for some people, but I don’t see anything wrong with it.  What I enjoy in my personal life and what I enjoy in my professional life are two seperate things entirely.  I wanted to be a teacher when I was in high school, it’s what I went to college for and I have been an educator in one form or another for 15+ years now.  I have been a zoo mobile educator, a volunteer coordinator, a director, a substitue teacher….all kinds of things.  I am really enjoying working with the younger kids right now.  I have a lot of freedom and flexibility with my lesson planning and the experiences I can give them.  My job is never boring!!!

If you could time travel with no consequences, where and when would you go?
I think ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt are all fascinating places.

If you could have lunch with any three people, past or present, who would you pick?
I love to laugh, so I would go to lunch with Louis C.K., Jimmy Fallon, and Robert Downey Jr. (he’s just sexy but I imagine him having a sense of humor)

If you could have dessert with any three people, past or present, who would you choose?  
I would pick fascinating women to go have dessert with.  Betty Paige, Amelia Earhart, and Ellen DeGeneres!

What is your perfect Jeopardy board (6 topics that you’d kick ass in)?
Animal Kingdom, Food, Harry Potter, Education, Mythology, Movies

Would you prefer to fly or be invisible?  Why?
What fun is being invisible…no one could see you or talk to you!!  Definitely flying!!  Imagine how fast you could get places.  No more airlines!!! FABULOUS!!!

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Getting to Know Mona S’Amor

 

Photo: Angela Leisure Photography

Photo: Angela Leisure Photography

Creative with the craftiest of crafts and wielding wit sharper than an exacto blade, Mona S’Amor wows her audience with intricate detailed costumes, poppy colors, and bright-eyed “come hither” glances.  An enchantress of the creative arts realm, there’s always room for S’Amor.

What inspired you to start burlesque?
I saw one show and I was hooked. During the show, they had a group performance by “students” – I turned to my husband and said, “I wanna do that!!!”

How did you come up with your first routine?
After listening to a long list of songs I thought would at some point, make a good routine, I settled on one where the idea seemed to come together a little more than the rest. I thought, “I’m lost and I’m looking for my baby…what kind of baby would she be looking for?” and my Little Bo Peep routine was born.

How long have you been doing burlesque?
3 years

How have you changed, onstage and backstage in that time?
I have become more confident and more comfortable with my own body. It’s the only one I’ve got so I guess it’ll do!

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Photo: Natalie Loftus

What tips can you give aspiring performers?
Just breathe. And smile. ..Ok, ok, I stole that one from Tyra…

You had your first hosting experience recently…what was that like?
So much fun! I have a (dirty) comment for almost everything, so it seemed fitting to stand me up on stage with Jeff and put a mic in my hand.

Do any of your bar tending skills play into performance?
Not really for performing, but my life is full of multi-tasking and working on 100 projects at once, and that definitely helps with scheduling, performances, and rehearsing with other Angels.

Tell us about your Paint Party classes that your mild-mannered alter ego teaches.
It’s very similar to the big-business places around town where you paint and drink wine, but you host the party at your house, and I come to you! Sometimes it’s a painted canvas piece, sometimes painted wine glasses, sometimes greeting cards, a collage piece, the list goes on and on. (I also host them at my house occasionally as well as teach private art lessons for children and adults.)

H6fbr5EANKcN_JL8Fj-R4YRdRDPGUqms9613LYz1lUkWhat’s been your most memorable onstage moment?
When my bestie, R2D2, kicked me with his spinning legs…and then the very next night, hit my wrist with his wrench-dick. It hurt both mentally and physically. How could he do that to me?!

Any embarrassing moments?
Yes, but I’ll never tell…

What’s your favorite part of burlesque?
Working on costumes. I love seeing the idea come together and turn into something beautiful.

Are there any parts of burlesque you loathe?
I loathe the week before a performance (of a new routine). This always seems to be crunch time and I never feel prepared enough – whether it’s because of costuming, choreo, rehearsals still needing to be scheduled, etc.

Would you prefer to fly or be invisible?  Why?
Is BEING a fly an option? Because although being totally disgusting as far as a creature goes, I would both be able to fly AND damn near be invisible – only the cats in the room would know I was there.

If you could describe your essence as a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?
It depends. What’s your favorite?

Getting to Know Karma D’Light

Karma D'Light

Photo: JT Thorpe Photography

The charismatic Karma is a pocket full of surprises! Learn more about this 80’s montage lovin’ woman and her mission to bring people together!

What inspired you to start burlesque?
After having my chakras balanced, I realized I wanted to get back into dance. I already saw the Angels in action and attended a Burlesque 101 workshop. So I asked if I could help at shows! I went from helping sell merchandise, to kittening, to performing! I love the creative outlet 🙂

How did you come up with your first routine?
I wanted to incorporate the dance I already knew from Janet Jackson’s “Miss You Much” video. As I was listening to an updated version of Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Something” with Acon, I realized I could mash-up the two songs for an 80’s montage! So with the help of my mentor, Mona S’Amor, and the other Angels, I incorporated 80’s moves as I transformed from character to character.

How long have you been doing burlesque?
My first show was Honey Bourbon Boylesque in March 2014. I asked to kitten and ended up in 2 numbers!

How have you changed, onstage and backstage in that time?
I have more confidence in performing. I am learning to get ready quick in a small area. I find myself taking more chances and getting out of my comfort zone. I constantly want to push the envelope and see how far I can go!

What tips can you give aspiring performers?
Start by attending workshops and helping at the shows. You can learn a lot by watching the performers! Be yourself and have FUN!

What’s been your most memorable onstage moment?
During my solo debut, there was one part of the routine I was not sure if the audience would recognize from the 80s video “Miss You Much.” As the crowd erupted cheering and clapping, all I could think of is “OMG!!! They get it!!!”

Any embarrassing moments?
The first time I kittened for “The Princess Wore Pasties” Show and I realized I had to completely undress in front of strangers. My solo debut I had a melt down before I went on stage. Thanks to Katie who talked me back to sanity.

Photo Credit: Natalie Loftus

Photo Credit: Natalie Loftus

What have some of your challenges been, as a performer?
How to overcome stage fright, try not laughing when I get embarrassed, and coming up with routine ideas based on an already themed-show.

What’s your favorite part of burlesque?
There are so many! I love transforming to my other persona in the costumes and glitter. I am constantly pushing my persona outside the box. And meeting the fans, of course, is always fun!

Are there any parts of burlesque you loathe?
Unpacking after a show and body glue!

Tell us about Spark & Celebrate.
Spark & Celebrate ~ Event Growing Communities is my event planning company! I plan events such as fundraisers, galas, drag shows, flash mobs, book launches, and spiritual conventions. The idea behind each event is to bring people in communities together for the highest good of all. Together we can make a difference!

Tell us about the flash mob you organized.
A few years ago, I had an idea for a Glee-type flash mob with the theme “Everyone is Loved for who they are, as they are!” We danced to Lady Gaga’s, “Born This Way” and as in Glee, wore t-shirts with our vulnerabilities on the front. We wore jackets over the t-shirts, so every time you hear “Born This Way,” a group of people removed their jackets to reveal their vulnerabilities. Thanks to Indigo, a friend and choreographer, who helped me pull off this amazing endeavor! I want everyone to know they are LOVED! ❤

Click the link to see this awesome video!
http://youtu.be/d_fIYF40-HE

Photo Courtesy: Courtney Brooks Photography

Photo Courtesy: Courtney Brooks Photography

How has yoga affected your performance?

Yoga has changed my life. I am stronger both physically and mentally, thanks to meditation, and I am more flexible as well. Yoga is about accepting both yourself and your life, and being in the present moment.

Photo: JT Thorpe Photography

Photo: JT Thorpe Photography

If you could time travel with no consequences, where and when would you go?

I would travel back 10 years ago and tell myself to let go – everything is okay as it is. Enjoy life!
All of my dreams come true and then some ❤

If you could have lunch with any three people, past or present, who would you pick?
Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Jesus

If you could have dessert with any three people, past or present, who would you choose?  
Alanis Morrisette, Ellen Degeneres, Marianne Williamson

What is your perfect Jeopardy board (6 topics that you’d kick ass in)?
E! Entertainment, Full Moons, Chakras, Shoes, Spiritual Leaders, Cats

Would you prefer to fly or be invisible?  Why?
FLY! Travel and learn 🙂

If you could describe your essence as a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Sweet cream with pop rocks exploding in your mouth!

Getting to Know Frankie Spanxx

Nerdy, funny, kinda gross, great friend, and super lovable are a few of many adjectives we use to describe Frankie Spanxx! Get to know more about this funny gal right now!

Photo: Matthew Mayer

Photo: Matthew Mayer

What inspired you to start burlesque?

Watching such an empowering performance art which welcomes any and everybody.When I got to know the genuine, awesome, gutter minded people involved, there was no turning back.

How did you come up with your first routine?
I wanted to do something nerdy, but I didn’t want to dishonor all the nerds in my life by faking interest in the nerdier realm. One day while listening to In the Garage by Weezer, I was inspired to do a more generalized routine.

How long have you been doing burlesque?
My first performance was in Nerdgasm 2013. I’ve been around the Angels doing backstage stuff since February 2013.

How have you changed, onstage and backstage in that time?
All I’ve done is change. I’m still changing. I hope to never stop. I’m still figuring out who Frankie is.

What tips can you give aspiring performers?
Try things and see if they work for you but find YOUR persona. Don’t ever try to be somebody else’s definition of burlesque.

What does your child think of you doing burlesque?  Have you seen it affect her?
My daughter loves it. She tells me how proud of me she she is. She has seen how happy it’s made me and that’s made her happy as well. Being fully stocked in glitter at all times does not hur her feelings either.

What’s been your most memorable onstage moment?
I loved grossing people out with a wet hairball, but nothing beats the surprised reaction when Fiona the Ogre came out on stage at the Bourbon Boylesque show.

Photo: James Thorpe Photography

Photo: James Thorpe Photography

Any embarrassing moments?
I wasn’t on stage at the time, but I fell down the stairs in the middle of a Girl for All Seasons show. That rug burn was pretty gnarly!

What’s your favorite part of burlesque?
Everything. Mostly though, I love all the amazing, talented people it has brought into my life.

Are there any parts of burlesque you loathe?
The cost of costume pieces!!!!!!!!

If you could time travel with no consequences, where and when would you go?
Paris, turn of the century. (1900)

If you could have lunch with any three people, past or present, who would you pick?
Jimmy Fallon, Jonathan Larson, Neil Patrick Harris

If you could have dessert with any three people, past or present, who would you choose?  
Sara Ramirez, James Dean, My Grandpa Garl

What is your perfect Jeopardy board (6 topics that you’d kick ass in)?
Rent (The Musical), Farm Animals, Bon Jovi Albums, Ambidextrous Civil War Generals,Astronomy and Complete the Dirty Dancing Line

Would you prefer to fly or be invisible?  Why?
Fly. I’m nosy, but I don’t ever want to be invisible.

If you could describe your essence as a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Banana Split. All kinds of sweet flavors, but also a little nutty.

Getting to Know Minnie Ryder

DataWhat inspired you to start burlesque?

It was quite accidental actually. My best friend and I took an intro to pole dancing class. As we were bemoaning our sore thighs and watched bruises begin to form I saw information for a burlesque class. A few weeks later Angel Burlesque had a Burlesque 101 and I was hooked immediately.

How did you come up with your first routine?

I love the Blues Brothers and my favorite part was the scene with Cab Calloway singing “Minnie The Moocher”.

How long have you been doing burlesque?

I debuted my first routine February 2013 at Angel Burlesque Open Bra. It’s amazing how time flies.

How have you changed, onstage and backstage in that time?

I’ve changed pretty much everywhere; one time squished in a corner covered with a curtain and 3 other ladies. it was a lot of fun….oh the question is how! I have confidence in abundance onstage and feel very much at home there. If something goes awry during a performance I don’t sweat it, just improv through it and more often than not everything turns out grand. Backstage I’m not afraid to approach people and introduce myself, smile broadly and chit-chat whereas at the very beginning I’d be avoiding eye contact and looking for a hole to crawl into to be noticed less. Funny how the stage changes people isn’t it?

 

 

What tips can you give aspiring performers?

Do not be afraid to fail. Do not be afraid to ask questions and ask for help.

Most Importantly: Confidence is the best thing to bring onstage with you…besides pasties.

A lot of the performers are often asked, what does your husband/boyfriend/girlfriend/etc think about this?  What does your hubby think of this?

At first he was like “Burlesque?”. Then he was like “um. Ok..” and now he’s like “we need more babysitters so I can come see more of the shows because they are awesome and I totally support you doing things you love. And p.s. You’re hot.” Ok so maybe he didn’t say the p.s. part when we’ve discussed it but it’s implied every day so..there you go.

So, Katie Angel claims 14% credit for any babies conceived while any of the partners were doing burlesque.  What’s it like doing burlesque post pregnancy?  What do you think burlesque could teach your baby about life?

Hang on! Katie’s claiming 14%?! I’m pretty sure that percentage of ownership equates to a couple of date nights a year 😉 Burlesque post pregnancy is amazing AND busy. I remember after my 2nd (I have 3 altogether) working so hard to get back to pre-prego size. Working out day and night, dieting, watching every damn thing I ate. This time around sure I’ve got some lbs to lose but I’m not stressed about my body. I feel great, have as much confidence if not more when I perform.

Burlesque could teach my baby (when she’s older) that diversity is the spice of life. It teaches confidence, independence, creativity, friendship, ownership and a crap-ton of things I can’t think of but are important.

minniemonaWhat’s been your most memorable onstage moment?

Very recently debuted a routine which was outside my comfort zone. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it had great feedback. So here’s to pushing the envelope, and pushing myself (thanks to a nudging from fearless leader, Katie Angel) to go beyond the familiar. It’s exhilerating!

Any embarrassing moments?

hm…I’ll have to ask my best friend,Mona S’Amor…she remembers everything

What’s your favorite part of burlesque?

It’s a toss-up between being whoever you want to be and the friends you make

Are there any parts of burlesque you loathe?

my spray glue not coming off for a few days after a show

If you could time travel with no consequences, where and when would you go?

Back to Puerto Rico. My husband and I went there 4 years ago. Best vacation ever.

If you could have lunch with any three people, past or present, who would you pick?

My grandparents and my husband. They never met him and they would have all gotten along really well.

If you could have dessert with any three people, past or present, who would you choose?  

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Robert Kirkman, and Walt Disney

What is your perfect Jeopardy board (6 topics that you’d kick ass in)?

Books written by Cathy Lamb, Ins and Outs of Adobe Illustrator, Harry Potter, 90’s music, voice-actors in animated films, quick and easy dinner recipes

Would you prefer to fly or be invisible?  Why?

I want to fly, not sure there’s a way to do it without some device or machine whereas ninjas are masters of invisibility and I could potentially train to be one.

If you could describe your essence as a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?

Pistachio. Quirky, sweet and tasty. Everyone should try it at least once 😉

 

Getting to Know Ginger Peach

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Photo: Jay Lamar

What inspired you to start burlesque?

I happened upon the documentary “A Wink and a Smile” and fell in love with burlesque immediately. I searched for burlesque in Indianapolis and Angel was the first one I found. I read the website information and the motto of “Real is sexy” and, for the first time in my life, I considered getting up there to be the pretty girl I had always wanted to be. Angel was having a workshop with open auditions afterwards. I decided to go to the workshop and, if I liked it, I would stay for the auditions. Of course, the workshop was amazing, so I stayed and was cast in my first show! Five years later, here I am!
How did you come up with your first routine?
My husband and I bonded over a love of old horror films. Jason Voorhees is one of my favorite villains, and I liked the idea of surprising my audience in the way the old films did. So, “Death by Burlesque” was born!
How long have you been doing burlesque?
Five years
How have you changed, onstage and backstage, during that time?
I have grown a lot in confidence both on and offstage. I believe in myself more and allow myself to try any crazy idea that inspires me. It may not always work, but I am much more willing to try and trust myself to be anything I want to be. And, for the first time in my life, even if it is usually while standing onstage, I feel like the beauty I deserve to be.
What tips can you give aspiring performers?
Do your research. Watch videos, read blogs/articles/books, and take as many workshops as you can. The more you know, the more tricks you have to pull out of your hat…or wherever else you decide to pull it from.
What does my honey think of me doing burlesque?
My husband is my biggest fan. I have been performing for about the same amount of time we have been together, so he has been with me throughout this incredible journey! He has always been supportive, comes to almost every single show, volunteers to help and even reaches out to the significant others of new performers to offer support and friendship.
Tell us about some of your traveling burlesque adventures.
I have been fortunate enough to travel to Charlotte, Detroit, Columbus, and Minneapolis. Every adventure has been different, but they have all been amazing! It is an honor to be asked to perform in festivals and in shows outside of your area, and it is a great chance to learn from and meet talent from all over the place! The friendships and knowledge are so beneficial, and I am so grateful I have had the opportunity!
dragonWhat has been your most memorable onstage moment?
It was actually recently at the Honey B’s Bourbon Boylesque fundraiser. The night before the show, I had a deathly allergic reaction to a costume piece I was to wear in the opener. My face was swollen and slightly disfigured that morning, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to perform. Prior to that, I also had difficulty with that routine, because it was intended to be a singing routine, so much of the choreo had to be improvised. Add to that some last minute costume sewing that needed to be done, and I had a recipe for disaster. But, with the help and support of my fiance and my troupe, I got to the show and took care of business. I was nervous and scared, but I took a deep breath and let Ginger Peach take over.  I stepped out on that stage and Ginger had the audience in the palm of her hand. For the first time, I truly became the character I had aspired to be. I was Ginger Peach. It was truly empowering.
Any embarrassing moments?
During my very first solo, both of my pasties fell off! Luckily, I was standing with my back to my audience and bending down to pick up my machete, so I just picked them up and put them back on, used my machete to press them into place and then prayed as hard as I could before the final reveal! They stayed on!
What is your favorite part of burlesque?
The empowerment it provides. It empowers me as a performer and as a woman, it empowers my fellow performers, but best of all, it empowers my audience. Having someone tell me that I helped them with body confidence or seeing the light in their faces after a show is worth so much!!
Are there any parts of burlesque that you loathe?
Safety thongs and pastie glue!!! The worst!!
If you can describe your essence as an ice cream flavor, what flavor would you be?
Why, ginger peach, of course!!