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Angel Wishes for the New Year

2016…What can we say about this year despite ups and downs of the world around us and in our lives, we’ve survived and are the stronger and better for it! Angel Burlesque has had quite a year of wonderful shows with so many creative acts and talent; our minds are blown away! We’ve have a wonderful time playing with friends and performing for our fans…we cannot wait to see what 2017 holds for all of us at Angel Burlesque. While the hours are ticking closer to 12:01am on 1/1/17, we’re sending out our wishes and resolutions for the new year to come.
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Jada Bella and Belle Breeze kicking it up a notch at our Holiday Open Bra

Belle Breeze
My word for 2017 is POWER. Settling into my power, exercising it, and exploring the different kinds of power: compassion, will, creativity, and change.


Biff Maliboo
Getting more comfortable with me. Being able to put myself out there without fear of being judged. Kinda what Belle said. …lol

 

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Cora Noire and Biff Maliboo make the perfect emcee couple at Stranger Thongs!

Frankie Spanxx
My first one ever was 2016 and really I just made it my year of yes. I tried so many new things and great things happened. (personally, the world around me went to shit) For 2017, I’d like to keep saying yes but. A little less- because sanity!
Lola LaVacious
Continue creating my own path…traveling more, bigger costumes and getting rid of more clutter and excess and more friend time!
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Max Maneater

Max Maneater
2017 is my year of GIVING! Giving my love, my time, my voice, my art, my skills, my friendship, my money. (And I know — sometimes this means giving a little self-love to ME!)
Karma D’Light
In 2017, I will continue to build Spark & Celebrate & launch the Experience Your Awakening event! I wish to continue to be open, curious, and grow. My words for 2017: balance, expansive, and inspire passionate purpose
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Kristy Kryptonite, Napoleon Brokenhearts, Coty Foxfire, Gwen De’Lyn

Coty Foxfire
In 2017, I hope to find more “me” time to refresh my soul & build friendships. I also hope to find a muse to create 1-2 new solo routines.
Mona S’Amor
My word for 2017 is IMPROVEMENT. I have lots of goals for my self, my house, and my business that all align w this theme. I’m very excited to see what this year brings!
Katie Angel
 I’ve always had extremely negative feelings about being called a bitch. In 2017 I want to own my bitchiness.
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Minnie Ryder

My word for this year is “Quality”. The quality of time I spend with friends and family; the quality of my work, freelance, artwork and burlesque performance & costuming; keep pushing the best qualities of myself front and center – kindness, understanding, and the ongoing pursuit of spreading joy on this earth; and finally quality of life: may it continue to be filled with the ones I love and the things I love to do.

Well that about sums it up!
Happy New Year, and all of our best to you and yours throughout this season and the year to come!
xoxoxo
Angels and Teasers-in-Training at Angel Burlesque

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

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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!

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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!
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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!

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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!
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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!

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

xoxoxo,
Angel Burlesque

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

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.

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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!

 

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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

 

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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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Backstage at Leap Year Vagina Show!

LYVagina2016 started out with a big…Vagina! If you happened to come out to the Leap Year Vagina show then you’ll know I’m referring to the seven foot vagina hand crafted by French Accent. Or maybe it’s a reference to the Vagina Symphony Orchestra conducted by hostess, Belle Breeze with dildo baton held high.  Whatever stood out the most for the audience in the show, rest assured, behind the scenes a great deal of planning was involved.  The level of brainstorming which goes into these seemingly batshit crazy ideas is pretty remarkable. Thanks to the leadership of Angel Burlesque Founder and CEO, Katie Angel, these crazy theatrical ideas come to life with each production, bigger, more outrageous, and of course, fully entertaining.

What makes these shows even more fun for the cast is the journey from idea to night of the production and all the weird conversations along the way.  Let’s take a look at some quotes about our Vagina Show.

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“Just act like drunk Cora.”

“I’m getting very Julie McCoy domme vibe here.”

“If your labia are out, just make sure it’s a stylistic choice.”

“Where’s your vagina?”
“It’s wet so I put it in the bath”

“How dead should I be? What if I have to blink my eyes?”
“This is satire not CSI”

“Tie my vagina on tighter…overheard”

“Is that your box bumping into my butt?”

“My vagina is HUGE compared to everyone else’s!”

Katie: “Can you pin my clit to my forehead? Then pin my outer clit to my inner clit.
Does this look like bush?”

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“I’m so sad I have to throw my vagina away.”
“I think it would make a striking wall hanging.”
“Yeah, but it smells like pee.”

“My cat peed on my vagina”

“I’m so naked. Where are my pants?! I’m so naked”

“I’ve got the Oreo! Already in the car with my vagina”

“I don’t want to look like m&m poop…”

“I have Christmas boooooobs!”

“I’ll be there. In my underwear.”

“Vagina Chorus–this is what you will do”

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“Who needs the 7ft Vagina?”
“Who doesn’t?”

“think I may need to commission a vagina for my apartment. Just for decoration. And offerings.”

“I’m having problems assembling my vagina”

“That’s the most fabulous vagina I’ve ever seen”

I may or may not have confused my roommate by singing “My Vagina Is Eight Miles Wide” in the shower this morning.

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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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Behind Closed Doors with Angel Burlesque…Dressing Room Banter

amkeupCora is feeling a tad nostalgic today, boys and girls.  So pull up a chair and let’s reminisce about the good ol’ days we fondly remember as the best fucking Nerdgasm, ever.

Everyone thinks burlesque is the perfect cross of glamour, class and sexy.  Performers nonchalantly powder our perfect noses in a dressing room that’s quiet, relaxing and covered in satin.  Roses and champagne all around…right?  Oh dear. What epic bullshit.  Would you, dear friends, like a peak into the real dressing room during a show?  Of course you do, you happy little voyeurs. But I’m not giving you visuals this time. Think we are funny on stage?  You have no idea how much funnier we are in the dressing room.  Let me set the scene, and then I will share some of the quotes from the evening.  Imagine: concrete walls, sweltering heat, costume heaps, the sweet smell of spray glue and cold cheese fries.  Throw in about 20 frazzled performers and a few cute kittens trying to wrangle both performers and panties and just listen:

nerdgasmV_ABHey guys, I think I glued my butt together.

I found my missing pastie…it was stuck to the other one.

Can someone sew a snap on my cooter?

You can’t bobby pin a wig to the bald side of your head.

I’m going to sew some fabric to my crotch.  We’ll see how it turns out.

After that routine, you smell like my grandpa.

I stabbed my nipple with a needle.  Don’t ask.

Did you see the makeup print her face left on the floor?

She showed us her inch worm in the dressing room.

Don’t thank me, thank Adderall!

I like to invite cute guys from OK cupid to the show.  That way I don’t have to try to awkwardly talk to them.  I’m not very good at dating…

I dont think my cape will fit over my ‘Cher in Las Vegas’ hair…Math is hard!
-said while trying to undo a clasp on a cape. 

My nipple are angry.

I’m pretty sure you got silly string up my nose.  Response: I was flirting.

I have a nipple hickey.GLW_4877

Shaving cream in the holes.  All the holes.
 
Someone kiss my tit.  I need to cover this bruise.

Can I touch your balls? 

Your balls look great! 

He left pieces of Ralph all over the stage.

No cooter punch!

She has a dick!  I always wanted a dick. Can I touch it?

An audience member stole my pussy!  That’s the second time! 

I accidentally dumped a bottle of water in an audience member’s lap. 

Thanks for stopping by and listening to an old lady jibber jabber, kids. Don’t forget to grab your tickets for the next show, I promise it’s ridiculous.

♡Cora

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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 😉

 

Burlexplanation: What’s Yours?

This weeks Burlexplanation brought to you by:

Minnie Ryder and spray adhesive craft glue

A few days after a recent show my curious three year old discovered remnants of Mommy’s “Dance Party” night on the side of my calf. After a quick glance at the large black circular shape of gunk with lines criss-crossing through it my ever so supportive hubby states “There must be a burlexplanation for this one”. Hence, a new name was born for the mishaps, trials, and/or leftovers relative to practicing the broadly creative art form of burlesque.

legshotThis is one of the more common residual effects of a performance. While dressing, I discovered an unseemly rip in my black fishnets, most likely caused by my sharp-as-a-knife big toenail I was too busy to clip. The hole was temporarily repaired with a hefty amount of spray adhesive craft glue. Lesson learned: clip my toenails. I know, rookie mistake, right? However I believe as we make mistakes we can educate and bring all performers closer together on our journey in the burlesque realm in hopes of perfecting our craft. There are certain to be plenty of burlexplanation-driven cautionary tales to share along the way.

Next time on Burlexplanation: 

The charming and alarming MaMarie LaVeaux of Creme de les Femmes regales a feathery tale which will have your eyes glued to the screen!

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