52 Days of Beauty

Every year at this time, I turn my focus to beauty. As you know, I believe that beauty is truth and we need more truth in this world! The world is crazy and can seem overwhelmingly negative. It is in this time that we should turn to beauty to inspire us. I want to encourage you to post something everyday that you find beautiful. It can be a painting, a sculpture, a piece of music, dance, video, anything! Use the hashtag #52daysofbeauty and #floodtheinternetwithbeauty and #churchofbeauty. I want to see what you find beautiful! Let’s use our voices to create positivity rather than trying to destroy the negative. Those things may have the same outcome but they are very different approaches. I hope that you will join me in the beauty crusade!

Learn more at https://thechurchofbeauty.com/

June Chicago Dates

I’m currently half way through my European tour and I just found out that I was named one of ‘The Most Influential Burlesque Figures of the Decade’ by 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. I am so honored by this. It’s nice to be acknowledged for my work in this field. It was a really nice surprise today!

Right now, I am in Rome for some play time and then I will head to Bordeaux to teach and perform, then on to Paris for more play time, and my final stop will be Vienna for some shows. Then, I’m off to Vegas to perform at the Orleans in the Burlesque Hall of Fame weekender on June 3rd. Talk about culture shock! Vienna to Vegas! But, there is no rest for the wicked. I will be back in Chicago on June 7th. Here’s where you can find me:

June 7th – Untitled at 9pm
June 8th – Naked Girls Reading: Lunatics – Readings all about the love of the moon at Skylark Chess Society – 8pm
June 9th – Untitled at 9 and 10pm and Big Sexy Show at 11pm at the Comedy Bar
June 10th – Burlesque Workshop at Dovetail Studios – Boa Love at 2:15pm

Hope to see you in Chicago!

Feather Fan Dancing

My next workshop will be in Los Angeles on May 1st! Check out the details below:

May 1 – 6:30- 8pm

Evolution Dance Studios
10816 Burbank Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601

When you think burlesque, you think feathers. Moving beyond the boa, we have feather fans! Made famous by Sally Rand, fan dancing is now an integral part of burlesque. Every dancer should know their way around a pair of fans! In this class, you will learn how to use the fans as an extension of yourself and how to move effortlessly while yielding these beautiful beasts. No experience necessary! REGISTER

You can bring your own fans, or you can rent a pair. If you chose to rent a pair, please click here. This includes the price of the class with the fan rental.

See you in LA!

Happy 2018!

Stronger. Wiser. Sexier.

I think we can all agree that 2017 was a challenging year. Seems that everyone I spoke with expressed the stress that 2017 brought with it. Politics and economic uncertainty aside, I think 2017 carried many personal struggles for us. I am no different. This was an incredibly difficult year for me personally. I struggled with health issues (things that I will reveal to you later) and it really consumed my life. I lost myself this year. But I also found myself. I will not be the one to say ‘Fuck 2017’ because 2017 taught me a lot. I am grateful for the pain because I learned so much through it. I feel I have a new wealth of knowledge about myself. I have greater compassion and understanding for others. I was forced to practice what I preach. I really put my beliefs to the test and I have come out the other side just in time to welcome a new year.

2018 will bring change and I am open to it. I am open to new possibilities and opportunities. I am excited about pursuing myself and my dreams. I’m heading into this year with gratitude and an open heart. I can’t say that I have ever done that before. It is a new feeling for me and I like it.

I want to encourage you to start the year with gratitude. It is difficult, I know, but it is possible. Think about the year as a whole and not as a bunch of unattainable resolutions. Consider what you might want this year. It can be material, emotional, spiritual, or physical. Think about what attributes you need to nurture to get to those goals. I call it a theme of the year. And my themes this year are to pursue fun, joy, beauty, truth and inspiration. To be honest, fun and joy are the most difficult for me. I spend most of my time creating fun and joy for others that I forget to experience that myself. To be REALLY honest, having fun and experiencing joy makes me feel uncomfortable. Slightly unhinged. Out of control. Not something I’m proud to admit, but it is the truth. I have put systems in place that will allow me to shed some of my feelings of obligations and responsibility to make room for joy. I will prioritize it, which is something I never do. It will feel awkward and strange to me, but I’m ready to have fun!

I truly wish you all the best this year. Sometimes the best has to come out of the worst, but that makes it all the better. Happy New Year!