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Angel Burlesque Thanksgivings

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We have so much to be thankful for all year round but we love extra opportunities to express our gratitude! What’s making our hearts soar this year? Angels and Teasers-in-Training share their thankful thoughts for not only Thanksgiving, but for any time of the year!

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Christina Arabesqua and Karma D’Light at Pride Parade 2016

Max Maneater
This year I’m so thankful to be an official Angel! It’s been a blast and I’m happy I’m here to stay!

Ginger Peach
I am sooooo thankful for such a supportive troupe, and for being welcomed to perform internationally!

Jada Bella
I’m thankful for the empowering people in my life and grateful that I get to do my passion ( pro. dancer) everyday.

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Kristy Kryptonite, Napoleon Brokenhearts, Coty Foxfire, Gwen De’Lyn (Front)


Coty Foxfire
I am thankful for the opportunity to continue dancing and continued collaboration in a production format. I am thankful for my family: my wonderful husband & beautiful children. I am especially thankful the baby lets me sleep!

Gwen De’Lyn
I’m thankful for everyday that I get to wake up. I do a lot of stressing about “the little things” but when I stop to think about it; I realize that I’m blessed beyond measure. I have a my family (both biological and non biological), my health, my job, my kiddos (with and without fur) and the ability to do things that I love.

Lola Lavacious
Thankful for the incredible opportunities to be a part of so many special events in the community supporting great causes and sharing those moments with this amazing family!

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Frankie Spanxx
I’m so happy to have a creative family that supports and builds me up on and off stage. I’m thankful for the love and understanding in this glitter tribe and my almost as glittery family!

Karma D’Light
I am thankful for friends who become family, a supportive troupe who allows me to learn and grow, for my family & my health, and for my new muggle career as it blossoms

Colby Jack:
I’m thankful for the amazing new friends I have accumulated in the past year. You helped turn my life around for the better and fill my heart with love. Thank you for being you!

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Max Maneater, Minnie Ryder, Colby Jack, Kristy Kryptonite, Selina Prince

SinFire
Dealing daily with depression and anxiety is hard, its easy to want to give up,so I’m very thankful for the support I have from my love Robert, and my friends helping me stay on track and not get overwhelmed.

Sylvestia Stiletto
I’m thankful for my family, who has been my rock and everything you need from a family. I’m thankful I still have my health, that I can run on a minutes notice. I’m thankful for my friends and girlfriend whom without I wouldn’t be as driven and motivated as I am. Happy thanksgiving to all my loves.

Minnie Ryder
It’s been quite a year of ups and downs in muggle life, however I am so thankful for the ones in my life who really add love, friendship, positivity, and continue to spread joy where ever they go. I’m so thankful for my own little family of crazy amazing kids and a husband who always goes above and beyond every day. Most importantly I’m thankful we as human beings have the daily, hourly, minute by minute choice on how we perceive our lives and how we choose to improve the lives of others. Love and kindness will conquer all…oh and I’m also thankful for Star Wars…because Star Wars.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALL OF US TO OUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, FANS, AND YOU!!!

xoxoxo
Angel Burlesque

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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.

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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?
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 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!!

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?

nope

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

Getting to Know Coty Foxfire

cotyfoxfire4What inspired you to start burlesque?

I wanted to get back into dance. I danced and figure skated growing up and this was a creative way to regain that outlet.

How did you come up with your first routine?

My first solo (The Mobster-ette) was an character from the depths of Katie Angel’s magnificent brain. She had a vision and we choreographed to fulfill that creation.

How long have you been doing burlesque?

I have been dancing in burlesque for 4 years.

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

I have gained a lot of confidence on stage in the past few years. However, I’m still a nervous fool backstage before I perform.

What tips can you give aspiring performers?

Make sure you develop what you are “giving the audience” through a routine.  How are you connecting to them?  What does your routine offer?  The audience paid for a ticket and they deserve a show.

Any real life details you want to share?

I was a competitive figure skater growing up.  I am beyond lucky that I have another outlet to perform in life.

cotyfoxfireBlogTell us about your tattoos!

I have 3 tattoos, currently. My first tattoo was the drama masks on my right hip. I am a techie and have a degree in technical theatre. Tattoo #2 was the star design on my left leg. I designed this tattoo myself about different challenges I have overcome in life. Experiencing childhood surgeries (eye surgery, open-heart surgery), a near-death car accident and other issues really make you realize how lucky you are in the end. The stars are a tribute to what I have overcome in life.  Tattoo #3 is a replica of one of the stars on my leg. My husband and I both have the same tattoo on our shoulder–both done on our honeymoon years ago.

How do you feel about all the attention your cute booty gets?

I am usually taken aback when people comment on my tush. It’s always flattering but it’s hard for me to accept compliments.

What’s been your most memorable onstage moment?

One of my most memorable moments took place during “Welcome to Heaven.”  We were performing our finale of “Devil in Disguise” and the audience was going absolutely nuts. I felt like a rock star and realized that this art form I was learning was what I needed to do.

Any embarrassing moments?

My solo at our first “Open Bra” gave me my first wardrobe malfunction. I was debuting my cowgirl solo to “Last Name” by Carrie Underwood. My bra would not unclasp for the life of me. I struggled for what felt like an eternity & finally just pulled my bra down for the reveal. Not my best moment, but it seemed to work with the routine.

How do you connect with an audience?

I like to make direct eye contact with the audience.  It makes me remember there are actually people out there trying to enjoy a show.

What’s your favorite part of burlesque?

I really appreciate having the creative freedom to become whatever character you want, even if only for 3 minutes at a time.

cotyfoxfired3Are there any parts of burlesque you loathe?

False eyelashes are the end of me.  I hate putting them on & wearing them. Period.

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

I would travel into the future to see that equality is no longer an issue.

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

Mila Kunis, Jason Gordon-Levitt & Lucy Hale

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

Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter & Hugh Jackman

Would you prefer to fly or be invisible?  Why?

I would want flying as my super power so I could travel without being confined to a vehicle.

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

Moose Tracks:  full of peanut butter cups and fudge.  It’s a mixture of flavors and appeals to different folks.

Getting To Know Sylvestia Stiletto

This lovely gal gives new meaning to saucy! Let’s get to know some more about this spicy Angel!


sylvestia How long have you been doing burlesque?

I have been a part of the burlesque community for 1 ½ years now, and I have loved every minute of it!

How have you changed, on stage and backstage?
I know I have tremendously onstage. I have branched out more, and try to define my own “norms” for what I think burlesque is. I try to get out of my own comfort zone, and define my character to the best I can. The TIT program helped me with that. Backstage, I have been a little louder than I normally would, and try to talk to the other performers as much as I can and make new friends.

What is ACEN? Tell us about your experiences?
ACEN or Anime Central’s Comic Convention is located in Illinois every year. It is a place where “nerdlesque” shines. I have done it the past two years now. My experiences each time are amazing. You never have to worry about no one cheering for you. The room is always full and the audience is the best I have every worked with. They are so supporting and are the first ones to ask for your picture after a routine. ACEN is one of my favorite shows to be a part of.

What does your mild mannered alter ego do in real life?
Sylvestia in real life is very much introverted. She works full time for the Veteran Affairs, part time for the Murat Theatre, and goes to school for Mortuary Science. She works out a lot, and seems to do activities more alone, than when she is in character.

Most memorable moment onstage?
I would say most memorable moment would be my first routine at Crackers Open Bra. It was my first time really around anything burlesque, and I soaked up all I could. The audience when I walked on, kind of oohed and awed, because it was the first time they saw me, and I was in short sequined booty shorts. Ha-ha, I loved the overall adrenaline rush from it, and try to get that same feeling from each performance I do.

If you could describe your essence as an ice-cream flavor, what would it be?
I would say my ice-cream flavor would be Coffee flavored as the base. Coffee is bitter and needs an acquired taste. Plus it can be dark. Then there would be added chocolate swirl, because I can have sweetness to me. Finally I would have Oreo cookie bits in it, because I can make you crème! 😛

Confidence in Burlesque: Part One

katie1Confidence in Burlesque: Faking It Until You Make It!
 by Katie Angel

Angel Burlesque’s motto is “real is sexy” but that’s just because “highly stylized version of yourself in which you artfully highlight the parts you love and carefully conceal the parts you don’t is sexy” is just a little wordy.

When you’re performing burlesque, you’re not presenting your “real” self but a highly stylized version of yourself.  Do I walk around in sparkles, false eyelashes and fringe all the time? No. (If I were cooler I would. Sometimes I wear fairy wings or a tiara to the grocery store to cheer myself up but I digress.)  But, I do believe real is sexy…the heart of that is; YOU are sexy, just as you are right now.  Not in 20 pounds.  Not after that boob job.  Right now. You are sexy, valuable and worthwhile. There’s a confidence that needs to be fostered so you can shine as a human being onstage or off.

Mental Tips

confidentkatieSomeone’s Got a Fetish for That

Have you surfed the internet? There are fetishes for stretch marks, bigger sizes, smaller sizes…pretty much anything under the sun.  No matter what you look like there’s ONE person (and likely more), who craves YOU as their ideal body type.

We tell ourselves “people don’t find me attractive because I’m not like the girls in Playboy or the ripped six packed men in the mag-o-zines.” (That doesn’t have a hidden message, it’s just how my family pronounces magazine when we’re feeling fancy.)  Who do YOU find attractive? Is it just a body or a collection of body parts?  Or is it more of a feeling/inner spirit of someone who makes you laugh, makes you feel sexy, makes you feel wanted?  Attractiveness goes way beyond the physical.

When I’m onstage, I know that there’s one person in the audience who thinks I am their ideal body type. I’m onstage and glowing with confidence, that will make that one person so happy.

Variety is the Spicy Sexiness of Life

I’ve been to shows where there’s only one body type or an extremely limited range of body types and no matter how sexy or entertaining they may be, I find that visually monotonous
after awhile.  So maybe you don’t fit an ideal body type.  Are you different? GOOD! Gimme some variety!

waterkatieWhat is the Story You’re Telling Yourself?

One of the most important things I’ve taken away from workshops is from Jo “Boobs” Weldon about the importance of your inner monologue.  When you’re onstage, are you telling yourself,“Oh god, they’re staring at me. They hate me.  They want me to leave.” Or are you saying, “Hmmm, look at my delicious arm? You want to touch this arm, don’t you? Too bad sucker, I get to touch it. Oh, my thigh, yeah it’s delightful…yeah, look at it.  LOOK AT IT!” Try it, right now.  Your inner monologue affects your performance…make the effect positive.

A great habit I’ve taken offstage with me is changing my inner monologue in everyday life.  I pass my mirror in the bathroom and pet my belly and tell myself thank you. You are gorgeous hot mama in the mirror!  Build yourself up…you owe it to yourself.

Nurture and tell yourself “I am beautiful. I am confident. I am worthwhile.”

And you are.

What do you do to help yourself feel sexy and confident?