What 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.
Tell 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.
Are 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.