Chocolate City

What is the most difficult aspect of being apart of the Burlesque industry?

Evaluating opportunities, there are so many opportunities to perform and participate in things, but is that opportunity good for our troupe? Does this event gel with our core values? You want to say yes to everything but you can’t. There isn’t time.

What advice would you give to anybody wanting to join the industry?

Don’t be afraid to try different things. You may think your performance style is going to emulate a particular performer, but if you let yourself experiment, particularly in the beginning of your career, you’ll learn your true strengths. Also educate yourself, go to shoew, take notes, study the history of burlesque.

What is the best aspect of being apart of the Burlesque industry?

The best thing about being a performer, is that you get to reinvent yourself every time you go on stage. The best thing about a troupe such as ours is that we get to use our playful, flirty sex appeal as a vehicle to connect with our community and have poignant discussions about history, mental illness, race politics, financial empowerment etc.

What is the best thing aspect of a Burlesque show?

It is always someone’s first time. There is nothing more special than the opportunity to introduce an audience member to the world of burlesque and blow their mind.

Do you have a burlesque icon inspiration?

Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret is grateful for Brown Girls Burlesque. They definitely paved the way for us and showed us what was possible. Their shows give us life. We also admire Toni Elling who is still teaching and performing since the ’60’s!