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.
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.
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!