Angel Burlesque’s Twelve Days of BurlXmas

Season’s Greetings! What better way to celebrate holidays than with music, friends, and fun! The Angels decided to add a twist to the classic Twelve Days of Christmas…with some glittery, sparkly burlesque spirit sprinkled into the season!
Enjoy our “Twelve Days of BurlXmas”!
See if you can sing along to the tune of Twelve Days of Christmas!

On the First day of BurlXmas the Angels gave to me:
A Year of Shows Full of Theatrical Hilarity!14380133_1411177765563206_3840501680021059197_o

On the Second day of BurlXmas, the Angels gave to me: Two Pairs Tiny Pasties
and a year of shows full of theatrical hilarity!

On the Third day of BurlXmas, the Angels gave to me: Three Pizza Slices,
Two pairs tiny pasties, and a year of shows full of theatrical hilarity!

On the Fourth day of BurlXmas, the Angels gave to me: Four Sets Sexy Shoes
Three pizza slices,  Two pairs tiny pasties, and a year of shows full of theatrical hilarity!img_3138

On the Fifth day of BurlXmas, the Angels gave to me: FIVE TRAYS OF GLITTER!!!
Four sets sexy shoes, Three pizza slices, Two pairs tiny pasties,
and a year of shows full of theatrical hilarity!

On the Sixth day of BurlXmas, the Angels gave to me: Six Can-Can Angels
Five Trays of GLITTER!!!!
Four sets sexy shoes, Three pizza slices, Two pairs tiny pasties,
and a year of shows full of theatrical hilarity!


On the Seventh day of BurlXmas, the Angels gave to me: Seven chickens tapping
Six Can-Can Angels,
Five trays of GLITTER!!!!
Four sets sexy shoes, Three pizza slices,
Two pairs tiny pasties, and a year of shows full of theatrical hilarity!


On the Eighth day of BurlXmas, the Angels gave to me: Eight Naughty Spankings,
Seven chickens tapping, Six can-can Angels,
Five trays of GLITTER!!!!
Four sets sexy shoes, Three pizza slices, Two pairs tiny pasties,
and a year of shows full of theatrical hilarity!

On the Ninth day of BurlXmas, the Angels gave to me: Nine nerdy costumes,
Eight Naughty SpankingsSeven chickens tapping, Six can-can Angels,
Five trays of GLITTER!!!!
Four sets sexy shoes, Three pizza slices, Two pairs tiny pasties,
and a year of shows full of theatrical hilarity!


On the Tenth day of BurlXmas, the Angels gave to me: Ten Elves a’ Wisecracking
Nine nerdy costumes, Eight Naughty SpankingsSeven chickens tapping, Six can-can Angels,
five trays of GLITTER!!!!
Four sets sexy shoes, Three pizza slices, Two pairs tiny pasties,
and a year of shows full of theatrical hilarity!

On the Eleventh day of BurlXmas, the Angels gave to me: Eleven Items Free Merch
Ten Elves a’ Wisecracking, Nine nerdy costumes, Eight Naughty Spankings,
Seven chickens tapping, Six can-can Angels,
Five trays of GLITTER!!!!
Four sets sexy shoes, Three pizza slices, Two pairs tiny pasties,
and a year of shows full of theatrical hilarity!


On the Twelfth day of BurlXmas, the Angels gave to me:
12 Birthday Wishes
11 fancy eyelash kits
10 Elves a’ Wisecracking,
9 nerdy costumes
8 Naughty Spankings
7 chickens tapping
6 Can-Can Angels,
5 trays of GLITTER!!!!
4 sets sexy shoes
3 pizza slices,
2 pairs tiny pasties,
and a year of shows full of theatrical hilarity!

Happy Holidays and Thank you for a fabulous 2016!
See you next year!

Angel Burlesque


Giving Props to Our Costume/Props!

A Simple hand sewn bag to a full sized coffin and ziplock bags full of who knows what in between. Is this another burlesque storage story? Some of our subject matter may require ALOT of storage but today we’re talking about costumes & props!

One performer in particular comes to mind where props are concerned; Blanche DeBris graced us with her fabulous Sound of Music in Six Minutes act at our Honey B’s Bourbon Boylesque Show; talk about amazing prop usage! And while the Angels may not be making mountains out of their “hills”, they use props of all sizes, shapes and kinds. Here we share some of our most memorable.





Napoleon Brokenhearts
Sugar mirrors for my evil queen routine… I didn’t mean to make the kittens have melt downs






Karma D’Light
Holding a gun while touching yourself attempting to be sexy…awkward. But I did it!



Selina Prince
The most fun I had with a prop was making a costume out of the silk from the veil poi and a silk belly dance scarf. I loved the element of surprise but was terrified the silks would tangle.

The hardest costume was stay puft marshmallow man. I had to come in 45 minutes early every night and blow up and fill 20 balloons for the costume each night. So that was easily 80 balloons for the nerdgasm run….not counting all the tester balloons.
Another really hard prop to deal with was having two giant ziplock bags taped to the middle of me from my back to stomach…arm pit to waist and holding in the bloody parts and intestine boa the bags contained so Cora could murder me!!!!


Performer Formerly Known as Bridgitte Petite
When I did my Corn on the Cob balloon pop, the rest of the cast took bets on how many times I’d stab myself with my (very sharp) balloon-popper. I think it was fewer than 5 for the run, so neener-neener-neener.
“I think Jada Bella won that bet. We actually put money on it.” – Katie Angel





Ginger Peach
Most challenging to make was Shredder but learning to use the magic tricks for Zatanna was an endeavor too. The Shredder costume armor was made entirely from scratch with craft foam sheets, gesso and paint. I didn’t have a template to guide the shapes or anything, so I just had to go with trial and error.





Frankie Spanxx
The bathtub is awkward and I had no idea how to make it. Luckily Lola LaVacious did it for me. My hairball and plunger are my favorite for crowd reaction. My Handbook for the Recently Deceased is the most authentic, (Thanks Mona S’Amor!) I use a lot of props!





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Minnie Ryder

One of the most challenging props I’ve made is R2D2 out of a trash can. I was completely stumped on how to attach his head to mine until Mona S’Amor suggested a helmet of some sort and her husband found one on the side of the road the very next day. Poor R2 has difficulties with his legs and pop off panels but he’s up for a reboot so will be getting some work done on his flying appendages.
The flower petals for my Cherry Blossom routine were also a labor of love. I’m sure there’s easier ways to attach thin shiny fabric to wire frames but I’m a sucker for trying to figure things out without the internet, whether that’s a good idea or not. lol!



Coty Foxfire
Evidently, Coty only uses chairs for props. I can’t really recall any props besides my “What’s This?” routine… and that was just a Santa bag (with goodies) that we sewed. Wah, wah…..



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Mona S’Amor

My biggest prop is my coffin. Found it at Goodwill, had to cut off the bottom and shorten the entire length so it could stand upright on stage at the 5th Quarter Lounge, also had to glue stuffing and fabric to the inside of it so it looked more…authentic. Standing inside it is a bitch. It’s a bit wobbly and I have to hold the door closed while in it so it doesn’t just swing open before my cue.




The beauty of performance art and burlesque is there is always another act to try something different, go bigger, smaller, or do something completely out of character! Who knows what kind of props we have in store for you this year…Guess you’ll need to come to our shows and find out! ❤


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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.


Photo Credit: Gray Dragon Photography


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?

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 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.


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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Burlexplanations: Clean Your Room or Else!

We give our all for burlesque, don’t we? Blood, glittery sweat, and tears. It’s not often we can say “real” blood is involved. Fake blood? Yes, sometimes alot of fake blood but that’s another story. This macabre burlexplanation is brought to you by messiness, knives and penetration. Told by the fairest of them all, Lola LaVacious.

lolaperformingIf anyone really knows me well knows I have the most uncanny talent of sustaining random injuries in unique ways. This particular incident was no exception..except it included a very sharp object. With all of my projects for designing and creating pasties and other burly effluvia I’ve been lucky at not getting any cuts or scrapes the last few years. I have been victim to cheap glitter paper cuts under the nailbed…ripped skin from too strong glue, splinters the size of logs in my hand right before hitting the stage…you get the point.
Sharp things like scissors, rotary cutters, and seam rippers have been my tools I could count on for their work and I always took great care of these tools as to prevent any mishap. They are always the first thing to be carefully put away in their respected places…until a new guy joined the pack.

I bought a handy dandy mini soldering tool set for soldering jewelry, woodburning, stencil cutting and especially the long blade for foam board. I had created these “fan tacos” for my newest piece for it debut on the lovely Athenaeum stage with some of my favorite dancers in the city. Gorgeous silk veils streaming around the stage while I performed barefoot was a beautiful idea…until The Incident.

Night before the show I was cleaning up my office space strewn with boxes of jewelry and feathers and foamboard while spending some time with a good pal of mine. While mindlessly chattering away and cleaning IT happened. Approximately two inches below the medial ankle bone or the inside part of the ankle and cool steelyness entered. It didn’t quite hurt per se but something was not right. I looked down to see the long blade of the soldering kit which was still attached to the main handle of the tool sticking into my foot. I paused taking in the situation and realize I would need to remove it gently…no problemo until it started bleeding. My dear friend snapped into action asking for the first aid kit once I told them what occurred. (They will always be a part of my dream zombie apocalypse team for their non squidgy reaction and calmness)

I simply asked for a paper towel and continue cleaning beginning with the proper storage of the blasted tool so nobody else could get hurt.
My fella came home not even a few mins after the incident and sighed deeply in resignation upon hearing the news. A few butterfly bandages later I thought I was good to go…until I couldnt put weight on the foot the next morning…the morning of the performance! How does one go onstage limping with such delicate fans? I was able to seek professional help and got my ankle stabilized with kinesiotape…hot pink kinesiotape…a sharp contract to the black white and silvers in my costuming. I was thinking of the lame humiliation I woul endure in explaining why I had so much tape to these pro dancers that perform with traumatic injuries sustained by being amazing dancers. Quick fix or the nite black crew sox with the toes and heels cut out to give it the “arty” edge. I performed my routine that evening with no one the wiser except maybe questioning my costume choices.

Note to self: always clean your room.

Our dear Lola is on the cutting edge of many things, but hopefully this will be the last time involving sharp objects!
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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!

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 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 Lola LaVacious

What inspired you to start burlesque?

I grew up watching old movies and the women were so glamorous and yet in control of everything. My passion growing up was singing and theater but I never quite fell in love with opera or Broadway 120% but still loved the stage and found burlesque incorporated all the theater facets like makeup, costuming, writing and choreography in a glittery fun package. After years of watching the Infernal Doll Factory grow as a savage burlesque group and loved the freedom, creativity and really pushing the envelope with subject matter and gore I was curious to try my hand but in a less intense way. My Sfriend Sammy Sutra started her own burlesque production company and asked me to perform….I only sang and did a tame fan dance but was hooked.

Lola LaVacious Katie AngelHow did you come up with your first routine?

I was given a cd of Brazilian guitar and was really moved by the sensuality of the version of “La Paloma”

How long have you been doing burlesque?    

3 or so years…

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

I am def more confident all the way around. Onstage I feel more comfortable filling up the space and off I see what just a little bit of encouragement can do for people and I really just try to build up others around me.

What tips can you give aspiring performers?

Go at your own pace/comfort level….and don’t be afraid to have a voice or just be silly.

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

I am most fortunate to have a supportive partner, at first it was hard to explain that I wasn’t doing burlesque to get attention…I don’t need that…they are now my biggest support system and have become my sounding board for ideas, choreo, costuming etc…also the endless parade of half naked people in the house doesn’t hurt

You are the queen of crafting…where did you learn how to do that? What’s your favorite pastie project?

I had a lot of down time not watching tv and reading books growing up and loved working on science projects or crafty projects but didn’t always have the supplies so I needed to be creative and always loved the planning and making something that was just in my brain into something real. I haven’t quite found the crafty thing I am super talented at yet so I experiment a lot.

My favorite pastie project would have to be a set of Conan pasties because it was one of the first ones outside of my wheelhouse and gave me the encouragement to go for it, also my Tits of Doom pasties were super fun to make bc they were pretty much perfect in design and execution and took a lot of careful planning to get them just right.

What’s been your most memorable onstage moment?

Performing with the talents of Indigo and Jada Bella

lola2Any embarrassing moments?


What’s your favorite part of burlesque?

The free reign of creativity and the pro people aspect

Are there any parts of burlesque you loathe?

Sewing snaps…they are so effective but a pain!

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

Probably ancient Greece during the birth of logical thought

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

Richard Branson, Nikola Tesla, Mae West

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

SARK, Doe Deer, Julia Childs

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

Anatomy, Physiology, Cat Body Language, Ways to Injure Yourself, Road Trip Packing, Perfect Nap Environments, Time Waste

Would you prefer to fly or be invisible? Why?

Fly…I have friends all over the globe I would love to see whenever I want

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

Raspberry Chocolate…sweet, tart and bad for you