We Love...Shea Couleé

Shea Coulee should be a constant reminder to us all to work harder, to remain humble and to always edify our community and peers.  Check out this bomb ass interview to see what I mean!

Ya’ll, this weekend is Fierce Queer Burlesque Festival!
I am so fucking excited to be returning to this festival to celebrate queerness within the burlesque community.  

Ya’ll, this weekend is Fierce Queer Burlesque Festival!

I am so fucking excited to be returning to this festival to celebrate queerness within the burlesque community.  

Support You’re So Talented!

Ya’ll, Sam Bailey is a talented as fuck writer and performer that is about to kill the game with her web series, You’re So Talented.  All I’m saying is I ain’t got much but I supported the cause! 19 days left! 

SUPPORT YOU’RE SO TALENTED!

Also head on over to the You’re So Talented website to get in the know! www.youresotalented.net

 

So proud of my original Tenderloins…

Vaudezilla’s JV! 

Who will be making their debut on the festival circuit @ the Windy City Burlesque Festival opening party this Wednesday!

Come drink PBR and support not on V! JV but all of the other talented folks that will be setting the stage ablaze! 

See you at Lincoln Tap Room!

Po’Chop to kick some ass @ Dr. SKetchy’s this Sunday! 

Po’Chop to kick some ass @ Dr. SKetchy’s this Sunday! 

Summer time Chi is a time for porch drinking, music festivals, and skin, skin, SKIN! Join me at Vaudezilla Studios to gain the confidence and swag to truly celebrate the beautiful skin you are in! 
Head yo fine behind over to www.vaudezilla.com to register. 

Summer time Chi is a time for porch drinking, music festivals, and skin, skin, SKIN! Join me at Vaudezilla Studios to gain the confidence and swag to truly celebrate the beautiful skin you are in! 

Head yo fine behind over to www.vaudezilla.com to register. 

rehearsal [OVER] rhinestoning

In my opinion one of the biggest mistakes, new burlesque performers make is not spending enough quality time rehearsing, especially rehearsing with a director, mentor, teacher, friend, partner, SOMEONE who they feel is capable of providing honest, constructive feedback.  

If we are being honest with ourselves we have all seen that act.  A performance that within the first 30 seconds one can tell far too much time was spent on rhinestoning a corset versus rehearsing. Perhaps it is simply my taste level, but I would much prefer as an audience member to see a well rounded, thought out and rehearsed act vs. a sloppy act that is hidden under the blinding reflection of a costume weighed down by Swarovski crystals.  And again it might be just my own taste level, but I much prefer to watch burlesque when it is performed to edify humanity.

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Vaudezilla! Naughty Nostalgia (May 2013) - Lady Ali Mode from Vaudezilla Productions on Vimeo.

As burlesque grows in popularity, I am beginning to worry about my community’s future.  Though I have only been performing for a mere 3 years the scene has changed.  I’m experiencing far too much ego from new comers and not enough artistry. And perhaps that too is just a preference on my own part.  I just know I don’t particularly care for self involved, masturbatory performances. I know that I come from a school of thought that believes that the ultimate reveal as a burlesque performer has nothing to do with nipples or merkins but everything to do with what we hold closest to our genuine selves. When I think of some of my favorite performances/performers THAT is what resonates. The courage it takes to cut yourself wide open and share it with a room full of folks you may or may not know who may or may not be “feeling” or “into” what you just exposed.  That is bravery.  

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Vaudezilla! After Dark (April 2014) - Double Dixen from Vaudezilla Productions on Vimeo.

Truth is we all have access to the same shit. I mean access doesn’t always translate into funds. BUT we all have access to the crystals, to the boas, to all that surface shit. but if you are looking to create something that stands out among the sea of newbies, if you are looking to create something beyond yourself, then I recommend you dedicate time to developing and molding what you are presenting on stage. Put down that fucking E6000, get off of discountcrystals.net and fucking rehearse. Spend equal parts 2/3 of your (overall burlesque) time rehearsing and 1/3 on costuming. 

REHEARSE often, in front of someone, be open to feedback and critique, and greet change to choreography, concepts, and costumes with enthusiasm.

[This post features Chicago Burlesque performers Lady Ali Mode & Double Dixon.  Both of which I assisted in developing Solos with alongside my talented partner and professional director , Rose Freeman. Rose Freeman is the genius behind ALL of my acts. HIRE US!]

Ya’ll there ain’t much time left until Chicago is overtaken with glitter,feathers, E6000 and cheap costume jewelry! The Windy City Burlesque Festival returns with a line up that is sure to leave you inspired and hot! 

I’m thrilled because not only do I get to spend time with some of my favorite out of town performers BUT I’ll be performing a solo, 2 groups act that I choreographed will be featured in the festival, AND I’ll be serving as a blackground (no that’s not a typo) dancer for Jeez Loueez! 

Head on over to the Windy City Burlesque Festival site to get your festival pass because trust me you DON’T want to miss any of the 6 shows! 

Damn near forgot to share the rest of these shots!

VAM X Holly Pistas

Hell if I know how I’ve never seen this video until today!  Nonetheless it’s a over a year old and features some of my Vaudezilla family. Photos and video by the ever so talented and great Callie Lipkin! 

I also stumbled across a collection of photos by Callie from Pride that I just couldn’t help but post because it’s our month and well.. GAY/QUEER/LESBIAN/BI/SEXUALITY IS BEAUTIFUL

All images by Callie Lipkin!