Thursday, August 23, 2012

An Interview with Dr. Sketchy's Special Guest Ruby Solitaire (NYC)

For our next two sessions, Boston's branch of Dr. Sketchy's is honored to be hosting two different out-of-town performers (see our previous post for more on September's guest...). Our first guest will be Ruby Solitaire from NYC!  We got a few words... well really, a few very well-crafted sentences... out of her about who she is and what she loves about burlesque. So come check out the fabulous Miss Ruby after you read this!

Tuesday August 28, 2012
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Club Café
209 Columbus Ave, Boston
18+
$8 if you're drawing
$10 if you're just ogling

Who are you, what's your thing, how long have you been doing burlesque - tell me the basics about you and what you do.

I'm just a girl who really, really loved "Gypsy" when she first saw the Bette Midler version on TV - it was just fated to happen after that, though it took running away from a marriage and moving in with a psychobilly band to get me to where I am now. I've been doing burlesque since 2009, when I took a class with Trixie Little. I was lucky and sort of fell into a lot of shows right away. When I started I did a lot of rockabilly numbers, but since then I've moved pretty confidently into nerdlesque - I'm a huge geek, and love that nerd culture is having a super sexy renaissance. I'm really proud to be a part of that
 

Describe the first act you ever performed. What are you proud of about it?

I was lucky in that Trixie is an amazing teacher. I've heard wonderful things about NYSB, and taken some classes there that really blew me away, but Trixie gave me a great foundation that I still fall back on, and she really helped me with my first couple acts. My first night performing was to a packed theater in Northampton, MA and I did both a group number to St. James Infirmary and a solo act to the original version of Tainted Love. With both I was proud that I learned the choreography as well as I did - I can be a klutz and a space cadet - but it was also a huge boost to my self esteem. Anyone who gets up on stage and does this should be proud of that very first night, because you have no idea what to expect, and it really does change your life. What I'm most proud of is that Tainted Love is an act that I have continued refining and growing and still can pull out and perform today. I mean, who doesn't love an act that starts out with a girl running onstage with a pistol? 


Do you have any backstage rituals for getting ready for a show?

I really don't - there's never enough space or time for that sort of thing! I suppose my ritual happens before I get to an event - I listen to the music for my numbers over and over for hours before the show, usually while I'm driving there (I travel all over the place). I walk through the routines in my head . . . though sometimes I get a bit carried away and start doing arm movements in the car. I get strange looks from other drivers. 


What do you love or hate about the burlesque scene?

I love that the burlesque scene really is one of the few places where anyone of any look, color, body type, gender - whatever - can get up on stage and be the sexiest thing you've ever seen. It legitimately is. There's very little tolerance for anyone who tries to change that. Unfortunately, there is definitely stratification, and there are promoters who - despite the ethos we try very hard to maintain as a community - still only work with girls who look a certain way. This is unfortunate, and I wish it wasn't a thing. Still, these promoters are the exceptions that prove the rule. Generally - if you know who you are and own it, that's sexy and that will get you a place on stage. I love that. 


Do you travel much? If so, where, and what's it like for you to perform in different cities? 


I travel all the time. This summer I'll have performed in a half dozen states and twice that many cities. I probably spend 20 hours a week on the road at a minimum. The crowds do have distinct characters in different cities, and you get to know what works best in what places. Even within cities the crowds vary - what happens at R-Bar is totally different than Parkside Lounge, and they're both in Manhattan. No matter where you are though, people are supportive and there to have a good time, which gives every night a really positive vibe. 
  

What do you like about doing Dr. Sketchy's?


 I think they really serve everyone in the artistic community - everyone knows it helps graphic artists practice, but it's also great for performers. We have to think about how our body moves and looks, it develops a lot of body awareness that you might take for granted. It's also great to make art social, rather than hiding away in a room, sketching eggs and soda cans.


Any upcoming shows or classes to promote?

Friday 9/7: Doctor Sketchy's Northampton (MA) - Alice In Wonderland Theme
Saturday 9/8: Hypergender Burlesque, NYC - X-Rated CartoonZ Show
Tuesday 9/18: Hotsy Totsy Burlesqe, NYC - Doctor Who Show
More can be found on my website, rubysolitaire.com, or my facebook under Ruby Solitaire Burlesque

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Dr. Sketchy's Boston presents... Deanna Deadly!

On Sunday September 9, the Boston branch of Dr. Sketchy's (run by Truth Serum Productions) will be hosting Chicago's own Deanna Deadly, a fetish model and burlesque performer who has toured the nation extensively.  

Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School Burlesque Life Drawing Class is the class you always wished they had offered in school. Beer, prizes, hot models that strip off layers between poses, tips (bring your $ingle$!) and a general laid back atmosphere with no pressure to draw well... Sounds like paradise, yes? Founded in NYC in 2005 by Molly Crabapple, the Dr. Sketchy's Empire has branches in over 100 cities worldwide.

photo by James Alexander, latex by Cathouse
Sunday September 9, 2012
2:30 - 5:30 pm
Great Scott
1222 Comm Ave, Allston
18+
$8 if you're drawing
$10 if you're just ogling

In honor of her quick stopover here in The Hub, Deanna graciously granted us a mini-interview.
 
Who are you? What's your thang?

My name is Deanna Deadly. I’ve been a full time model for five years, a DJ for two and also doing burlesque for two. I travel pretty much full time doing modeling and burlesque and DJing with a group of girls in Chicago. We call ourselves Psychobitches Outta Chicago. We play Punk, Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Gothabilly and all the other good stuff in between.

Tell us about the first act you ever performed. What are you proud of about it?

The first time I EVER performed was with Emily Marilyn at the D.C. Fetish Ball in 2010. I was her slave/sub for the headlining act of the weekend. I didn’t have to do too much but I LOVED it. After doing runway numerous time for designers since 2008 I had been wanting to do Fetish/Burlesque performances so I was really excited to be able to start out with something fairly easy. My first solo performance was in NJ at Hell’s Kitchen for the Thursday night burlesque show they do every week. I performed to Robert Gordon's "Red Hot."  I was extremely nervous but I think I did allright for my first time.

photo by James Alexander, latex by Cathouse
Do you have any backstage rituals for getting ready for a show?

I try not to worry too much and just go over my act a few times. If you're going to mess up then it’s going to happen and you just have to catch yourself and roll with it.

Most embarrassing moment onstage?

I have been extremely lucky to not really have anything bad happen to me, though I try to be graceful if I slip or mess up and pretend like its part of the act! Funnily enough the only any bit embarrassing moment I can think of was when I was performing at Late Bar in Chicago for my birthday a few weeks ago and one of my brother’s (drunk) friends threw his coat on the stage, but I didn’t trip or slip up or anything ;)

What do you love or hate about the burlesque scene?

I LOVE being able to have the free will to choose my own songs the majority of the time, and my outfits and just really let my creative imagination run wild. I perform at a place in Chicago called the 1901 Gallery often and they have some really fun and unique themes every month. It’s really fun to go outside the box and come up with new acts that I wouldn’t normally come up with if there weren’t a theme. I unfortunately do see some catty insecure girls that try to be extremely competitive to the point of hurting other girls’ feelings in this scene. I try my best to stay out of all of that as a performer and model.

Do you travel much? If so, where, and what's it like for you to perform in different cities?

I travel CONSTANTLY. I generally do a roadtrip at least every other month. I’m heading to Detroit, Toronto, Montreal and upstate NY before heading to Boston in September. I’ll also be driving down to Texas and hitting New Orleans and Memphis, TN on the way home in November.
   
What do you like about doing Dr. Sketchy's?

I actually have yet to do a Dr. Sketchy's but have always wanted to! I have done a few life drawing classes but I have a feeling this is going to be my favorite ;)

 

What do you have coming up?

Well, besides Dr. Sketchy’s on Sep 9th (which I’m super excited about!) I’ll be doing runway at the Montreal Fetish Weekend for Vengeance Designs on Aug 31, and I’ll also be doing a group act at Montreal Fet Weekend on Sep 1st and performing with Julie Simone on Sep 2nd. I’ll also be performing with Hot and Heavy Burlesque in Chicago for the Queen Show September 29th (Venue TBA). No t confirmed yet but I may be performing in Dallas in November as well!

How can people find you?

My fanpage is www.facebook.com/modeldeannadeadly and for anyone who wants to book me for Burlesque, DJing or for a photoshoot in any city they can contact me at deannadeadly@yahoo.com

 Stay tuned for the Facebook event to go live - see you at Great Scott!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Babes in Boinkland: From Rags to VEGAS!

Boston's own Babes in Boinkland are heading to Las Vegas to compete at the 22nd annual Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend. W00t!



Founded in 2006 by The Slutcracker creator Vanessa White (aka Sugar Dish), the Babes did not initially plan on becoming a full-time dance company. Lucky for us, they decided one show was not enough.

Since their first day out, back in April of 2006 at the Middle East Downstairs, members have performed around New England and New York, Los Angeles, Montréal, and even Honduras. They have shared the stage with Weird Al Yankovic, The Beach Boys, Amanda Palmer, and Richard Cheese & LATM. They have graced the stages at Somerville Theatre, American Repertory Theatre's Oberon, The Wilbur Theatre, Boston Symphony Hall, Boston ICA, House of Blues, Bowery Ballroom, and more.

Following the break is the Story of BiB, as told by Sugar Dish (re-posted with permission) from the Babes in Boinkland blog.

The Babes have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their trip to Vegas. Check it out!

To keep up with Adventures in Boinkland, you can follow the Babes on Twitter and Facebook, and you can stop by their website for photos, videos, and more blog posts about their adventures.

***

Back in 2005, I (Vanessa, soon to be known as Sugar Dish) started working for Boink Magazine, a now-defunct soft-porn magazine founded by a journalism student at Boston University. I worked initially as a model, then as a writer and editor. I wrote erotica and porn reviews for the magazine and edited submissions.


When the magazine was getting started, we would throw parties at clubs around Boston to try to drum up some attention, and BOY did that work... but not in the way intended.

These parties would regularly get busted up by police under the charge that they were lewd sex parties.

Inappropriate Sexual Conduct! Indecent Exposure!

You ready for the funny part? These parties were no different than any other dance club party, except that they were actually tamer, primarily because they got broken up before most people were inebriated enough to even brave the dance floor. It was total nonsense, and was clearly only happening because the parties were associated with porn.

So the tiny Boink Magazine staff had a meeting. They brainstormed ideas about how to have a launch party for the new issue and NOT get broken up. I suggested that rather than throw a party, we instead put on a show.

What kind of show? they asked.

A burlesque show! I replied.

Earlier that yea I had visited New Orleans where I saw a burlesque show. It wasn’t my first, but it definitely took the cake in the my brief experience. I had felt inspired to give it a try. However, I didn’t know it would come about quite in this way...

GREAT! Can you get one together in 6 weeks?

Um.... Sure? I mean... I think so? Um... <PANIC>

I wasn’t really sure where to start. I had no connections whatsoever to the kinds of people I thought might be interested in taking their clothes off in front of an audience. Having been a classically trained dancer in a previous life,
alI I did know is that I wanted dancers.

So I hit up craigslist and MySpace and a local exotic dance studio. I held auditions. I found 4 dancers who would ultimately come to be known as Abby Normal, Bella Sapphire, Honey Suckle Duvet, and Machete. And me, Sugar Dish.

Because this show was being created as a one-time event in support of the magazine, Machete suggested the name “Babes in Boinkland.” And thus, the Babes were born.

 

We had our big debut on April 6, 2006 at the Middle East Downstairs and we 
performed to an audience about 500 deep. It was exhilarating! Amazing! Wonderful! Beautiful! And SEXY as all hell.

I had made the very deliberate decision to create a contemporary burlesque troupe: one that maintained the spirit of traditional burlesque, but which used current music, themes, and dance. We performed group numbers and solo numbers, all to the music stylings of artists like Prince, Gwen Stefani, Kelis, Def Leppard, G. Love, Queen, Tweet, and so on. We had made a show, from nothing, in six weeks. And that was that.... Or so I thought.


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A little less than a year later, I contacted all the ladies to see if they wanted to do it again. I was met with a resounding “HELL YES!” We also picked up the woman who had performed as a go-go dancer at our first show, Pixy Dust, as a corps member.

We performed our second and third shows also at the Middle East, and made a pit stop in between the two at the first Boston Burlesque Expo in 2007, where we garnered a decent amount of press and started booking gigs like crazy.

We started performing regularly with Jerkus Circus, dancing at benefits and booking private events.

We competed at the 2nd Boston Burlesque Expo in 2008, and took home the prize for “Best Group.”

In 2009 we captured the Boston Phoenix Reader’s Poll award for “Best Dance Performers.”

The Babes have moved from producing variety-format shows to focusing our efforts into larger, coherent works like The Slutcracker, Abbey Road, and Beaver, though we can often be spotted performing as part of other producers’ showcases as soloists and ensemble members. We’re constantly working to create new material and better our performance skills.

And now, as you know, were heading to Vegas to show the burlesque community at large what we’re made of. VEGAS OR BUST.

We’ve come a long way, baby, and we have YOU to thank for your love and support!

XOXO
Sugar Dish
and Babes in Boinkland

***

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mary Dolan Chews and Screws!

interview with Mary Dolan, by Sugar Dish
 
You've seen her perform with All The Kings Men. You've seen her wield a dildo in The Slutcracker. You've seen her host Bent Wit Cabaret and do stand-up at the Women In Comedy Festival.  I'm speaking, of course, of the legendary 86-years-young Mary Dolan

But what many of you may not know (TRIGGER ALERT: I'm about to tell you there's no Santa Claus...) is that Mary Dolan is a character created and portrayed by Jill "Petey" Gibson.

RIGHT?! Amazing!

Petey and Mary are heading to Los Angeles in June to attend the Groundlings school and to take a crack at the glamorous life in Tinsel Town. Sparkletown Productions is producing a show to fundraise for the trip, featuring a slew of Hubba-Hubbies!

Happy Trails!
A Send-Off to Mary Dolan
Sunday May 6. 8pm
OBERON
2 Arrow Street, Cambridge
Get your tickets HERE.

Petey and I had lunch last week and I thought I'd share with you our conversation about the genesis of Mary, what Petey is hoping to find, and what she'll be sad to leave behind. Enjoy!

SUGAR:  When did you start performing as Mary Dolan?

PETEY:  I started a version of Mary Dolan about 5 years ago with All The Kings Men... the character slowly evolved, slowly started to get a voice, the costume got better... And now it's perfect. ;)

SUGAR:  Is she based on a person or did you make her up out of thin air?

PETEY:  A lot of her qualities are based on my grandmother, Mary Gibson, who did vaudeville revival shows in the 70s at the Orpheum in Foxboro. My grandmother was a big fat lady who used to do Sophie Tucker numbers with a bulls-eye on her ass. And when she died, I inherited her costume trunk.

SUGAR:  Did your grandmother ever get to meet Mary Dolan?

PETEY:  No, very sad. She did not live to see Mary.

SUGAR:  What has been your most memorable experience as "Mary"?

PETEY:  Ugh. So many... Auditioning for Last Comic Standing was slightly degrading, but also sort of fulfilling since everyone there was such a douchebag. My last night as Mary at The Slutcracker was super, super emotional... But you know, the first thing that occurred to me when you asked this question--which has nothing to do with performing--I was dressed as Mary, walking the streets of Provincetown, and a little girl--maybe three, maybe four-- broke away from holding her mom's hand, ran across the street and grabbed me around my knees and started saying "Nana! Nana!" I just stayed in the road and hung out with this girl for a couple of minutes. It was one of the first times I felt like "Oh. Mary's real." That everybody relates--a child sees their grandmother. It was so amazing that that happened! Luckily the parents were cool...

SUGAR:  That's way better than the time a little kid ran up and asked me why I was wearing my underwear outside.

PETEY:  Exactly the same! Children will always call it like they see it!

SUGAR:  Do you ever feel weird about having 2 personas? Especially where a lot of people have no idea that Mary is a character played by you, Petey Gibson, and that she's not an actual person? And do you ever feel competitive with Mary?

PETEY:  There's no competing with Mary. Mary has 3 times the amount of Facebook friends that I have. Mary's better in every regard... better in bed, I'm sure.... It is weird. I mean, it's super gratifying that people buy into this person, and I worked very hard to keep [Mary and me] separate on purpose, and then I slowly began to realize "Uh-oh. I'm not going to have a career if nobody knows that this successful thing that I do is some anonymous [person]." But people don't want to know, also.

SUGAR:  It's like telling someone that Santa Claus isn't real.

PETEY:  It is! It's a very willing suspension of disbelief. I told a guy one time, because we were having this conversation about how great Mary was, and I finally said, "You know, that's me." And his face just died. So that was me trying it out and it didn't work very well.

<< THEN WE ATE OUR DELICIOUS LUNCH AT CITY GIRL CAFE>>
COMMERCIAL BREAK!

WE'RE BACK!

PETEY:  So delicious.

SUGAR:  Mmmm hmmmm. So you're gearing up to go to Los Angeles, to make it in Hollywood, to go to the Groundlings school. How much of this plan has to do with the Mary character? Is Mary something you're looking to develop in L.A.? Do you want to develop a larger body of work? What is your intent with this career move?

PETEY:  So, I'm going to the Groundlings school, and there I hope to develop more depth in more characters. Mary's very well fleshed-out, and then I have a couple of characters which are kind of "there"; I have their costumes, I know their basic points-of-view... but nothing really touches Mary in terms of popularity, or people connecting with them. I'm also looking to figure out how to perform as myself and get my improv chops up. I'd love to start a weekly comedy show hosted by Mary.

SUGAR:  What prompted you to make this move, exactly?

PETEY:  What really got it all started was that Nate Greenslit of Bury Me Standing went to highschool with a guy who now works at CBS, and told him about Mary. He thought it sounded great, and asked that I send him a reel. So Evan O'Television put together this amazing reel for me (embedded above during the commercial break) and when the guy saw it, he said, "When you come to L.A., let's have a meeting." And I was like "Yeah right. When I come to L.A." Then I was like, "Wait a minute. CBS is telling me something. The Groundlings is in L.A." Everything seemed to be going together, so I figured out how to get to L.A. with my partner at the time, had a meeting at CBS that went really well, met with their head of casting, then I got into the Groundlings... it just felt like that right-time right-place moment. And it seems crazy thinking about leaving Boston, but I want more. I want to be on TV. I want to really be focusing on my comedy career. And L.A. is where you go for TV and movies. So hopefully I'll find a bigger stage and, you know, a more mainstream audience. I'm really in love with my underground audience, but I also don't want to just preach to the choir. I would love to be a huge out-queer on Saturday Night Live as Mary Dolan. That would be awesome.

SUGAR:  Have you thought about the repercussions this is going to have on ME?

[laughing] 

PETEY:  I have reflected on this. Have you thought about what happens when I get famous and I need a #1 burlesque dancer on my nightly show? Just sayin'.

SUGAR. Awwww.

[making out]

SUGAR: I heard there was this show happening this weekend in your honor called "Happy Trails"? A send-off? What's that about.

PETEY: I have to tell you, I am so excited and also a little scared about this show.  The first half is hosted by Mary Dolan and is a bunch of my favorite numbers from the Boston arts community. The second half is hosted by Liz Fang, and I have no idea what is happening content-wise. Apparently weirdos in the community are doing things...

SUGAR: I have no idea what you're talking about.

PETEY:  Content-wise I think the show is going to be amazing. It's all my favorite talent from the last 7-8 years. I think it's going to be a celebration of where the community is at, too, because we all push each other in new and great directions. We all built this together. That sounds cheesy.

SUGAR:  That's fine. I totally agree.

PETEY:  I'm afraid I'm totally going to cry.

SUGAR:  You are totally going to cry.

PETEY:  I'm gonna get hammered at intermission.

SUGAR:  Me too.

PETEY: Oh nooooo. No more threatening me!  ...This sandwich is so good....

ABOUT PETEY GIBSON:
Comedian and character actor Petey Gibson is the creator of beloved 86-year old character Mary Dolan.  As Mary, Petey has hosted Boston's hit series, Bent Wit Cabaret, for two years; originated the role of Auntie Drosselmeyer in bawdy ballet satire The Slutcracker;  and performed stand-up at Gotham Comedy Club, NYC's Comix Comedy Club, Mottley's, ImprovBoston, and The Women in Comedy Festival 2010-2012 among many other venues. As a member of the award-winning comedy troupe All The Kings Men, Petey has traveled internationally and brought a whole cast of characters to diverse audiences.  In Boston, Petey has produced, written, and performed in countless shows, including the sold-out smash The Mary Dolan Show.  This summer, Petey heads to The Groundlings School in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sunday! Odyssey of IMMODESTY!

 
All their bags are packed, they're ready to go.

Rogue Burlesque is putting on a show.

They'd hate to wake you up to say--
EFF THAT!


WAKE UP! Check out Rogue's newest adventure: Odyssey of IMMODESTY

These lovely ladies plan to take you on a journey across the globe (and maybe beyond?) all from the comfort of your cabaret table at Oberon. Can you say "table service"?

The show promises
"Quiz show blood-lust!"
"Yes-we-can-can girls!"
"Hot BOYlesque surprises 
from the men of Sirlesque!"

Want in on this gorgeous madness?

The Rogues will board the stagecraft
Sunday, April 29 at 8PM (doors @7:30)
at OBERON
(Red Line to Harvard Square)

18+. $15 standing. $20 seated.

 Get your tickets in advance* HERE.

Good luck with that.

Don't delay your trip any longer. Get your tickets while they last. You deserve it.
Here's to the semi-naked stay-cation of your dreams! Bon voyage! XO!




Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DREAM WEIRD / FIND ART HERE: World Domination through Art? We're Trying!

by UnAmerika's Sweetheart Karin Webb and Rich Burns
You may have seen Find Art Here and Dream Weird floating around Facebook these days, and for good reason. Two Hubba-Hubbers, Karin Webb (All the Kings Men and Axe to Ice Productions) and Rich Burns (as seen in The Slutcracker and Boston Tease Party presents Beaver), are creating a new chapter in the book that is the Boston arts scene. They plan on taking Boston flavor burlesque, music, art, dance, theater, (and beyond) to the International stage. Find Art Here and Dream Weird are two parts of the same company. Here's how it works:
Dream Weird is the name of our theater company.  This company consists of performers who travel to different cities (National and International) to collaborate with artists from those cities.  They collaborate and perform with a "Host" performer during their mission out of town.  And, beyond just creating art, these performers also document their trip, attend art events and blog about what they see, they also interview artists in the community they are working with, and network with as many artists as they can during their stay.  When the Dream Weird performers come back home to Boston, they create a performance for the Boston audience in reaction to their travels.
Find Art Here is the internet location where all the information collected by Dream Weird artists will be shared.  It is the virtual "Lonely Planet" for Artists which will endeavor to aid artists and art lovers in connecting with each other all over the world.  On this site you'll find ongoing blogs about art we've seen and the artists we've met, as well as documentation from each city we tackle.  You'll also find, city by city, a listing of all the artists we think you should know about based on who we meet and who they think the world should know about. The goal is to make Boston live up to it's moniker of being “Hub of the Universe”.
First stop on our whirlwind art-venture?

We're really excited about spending some time this summer in Berlin and a couple of other cities in Europe! We are fortunate enough to have connections out there and are working on securing the artists we'll collaborate with as you read this!

If this idea floats your boat, we'd love to hear about it.  If you are an artist or someone who'd like us to come to your city, or just plain want to get involved in other ways with this project, please contact us through our website.
And then there's always financial support. In order to create art, travel far and wide, and produce a full show for our home team when the time comes, we need to raise a pretty big chunk of change before the end of May. We have started an IndieGoGo campaign to aid us in these endeavors:


Please donate if you can, we appreciate all the help we can get.  From $5 to $5000 we have great incentives and we encourage donating at whatever level you can!

Aside from monies, please spread the word!  If you find our idea compelling, please tell people about it.  And THANK YOU. We hope to cross your path again on our journey around the world and back again.

Vive la Liberté dans l'Art,
Karin and Rich
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Friday, April 6, 2012

Hubba Hub Welcomes "Wicked Pole Dance and Burlesque"

Do you ever find yourself bumping and grinding and flipping your hair on the subway? Have an irrational love for firehouses? Baby, you've got a fever, and the only prescription is MORE POLE.

You want to learn to pole dance? Allow us to introduce you to a budding new member in the Hubba Hub:


Wicked Pole Dance and Burlesque is a fusion of aerial arts, attitude, and sexy striptease. The company's main focus is to provide venues and performance opportunities to local entertainers who want to practice or show off their skills, be they hoop, aerial, pole, comedy, drag, belly dance, erotic performance art, or classic burlesque. All members of all local troupes are invited to be a part of Wicked's performances representing themselves or as representatives of their own companies. More on that later...

Philip Deal, artistic director at Wicked, is also actively building a class schedule geared toward those who wish to learn exotic, burlesque, and circus arts--and oh yes, this includes the mighty pole. You may recognize Philip and his pole dancing expertise from Boston's holiday smash hit The Slutcracker.

Philip will be starting his "Level One Pole" classes this Tuesday, April 10. The six-week session is designed to not only teach you gorgeous and sexy moves on the pole, but is also a sexy and super fun way to gain strength and improve overall fitness. You can pre-register for this six week session at Wicked's website. There are only a few spots left in this workshop, so act fast!

6 Tuesdays, starting April 10, 2012.
7:00-8:30pm in Central Square Cambridge

Please contact PhilipRyanDeal@gmail.com or call 617.899.9237 for further details.

From Wicked's website

Level One Pole:
"In this level you will have a full introduction to how to prepare your body for pole with a floor warm up and strength building exercises on the pole, learn all of the basic spins, how to climb, and learn simple choreography to weave what you learn together on “static” pole." 

Philip has also set up a regular performance showcase at the Dark Lady in Providence, RI. Read on if you're a seasoned performer or even an aspiring star! This could be a perfect outlet for you! 

Philip writes:
"The Dark Lady in Providence RI has graciously provided their club every third Thursday of the month to host our monthly event. If you have an interest in being part of one of our events please email PhilipRyanDeal@gmail.com. Once again this venue is a great place to start if you are new to burlesque and are seriously trying to have real performance time on stage with an audience."
Here's to hoping we see you on a pole or on a stage in the near future! Have a great weekend!
XOXO
The Hub