Number of years performing? Specialties?
Thirty-four years with specialties in contemporary dance and burlesque.
Number of shows with High Society Cabaret?
I have been involved with every show since founding the company in 2012 and I have appeared in 13 HSC shows.
Favourite High Society Cabaret Show to date?
Portrait of a Scandal!! This show was my creative "baby". It was a long time dream of mine to bring a burlesque-baroque show to the stage. I've also always been obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology, which inspired my Aphrodite act. I was fascinated by the relationship Baroque high society had with classical art, so it seemed to be the perfect fit. After developing the act for about 8 months and to see it come together it was so exciting and rewarding!!!
What are your vintage inspirations?
I would have to go with Marylin Monroe, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Anita Eckberg, and Jean Harlow (who my daughter Harlow is named after). I also adore Sally Rand and Lilly St. Cyr. I admire these icons because of their ability to captivate beyond just being beautiful. As to why, I would have to generalize it bit: they are/were intelligent, fearless, powerful and strong in their own unique ways, and way ahead of their time!
What is your favourite thing about performing?
Simply put: I can't get enough of it! The excitement of it, the joy that fills my soul when I'm on stage, feeling the connection with the audience, and sharing my love for the art, and how a cast can bond through months of pre-production - feeling that sense of reward for all the blood, sweat and tears keeps me going! I live for performing and always will.
What is your dream role?
To travel back in time to the Moulin Rouge and be a turn of the century showgirl!! Champagne flowing free and a party that never stops! The ultimate expression of "joie de vivre".
What is your favourite era?
SO many vintage eras inspire me which is why I created HSC. I think my favourite era would have to be Italy in the 50's and 60's. I'm obsessed with Cinema Italiano and the glamour of the Amalfi Coast during that time. I love the films of Federico Fellini, which are a constant source of inspiration. I love the style and effortless glamour of the film stars of that time, and the decadent lifestyles they portrayed. There's also always an element of quirkiness which reminds us that they are human and unique like us!
What is your most proud performance moment?
It was definitely when I did my first burlesque tease as a VERY pregnant expectant mom in 2013 in our first run of "Down in New Orleans". It was a proud moment because I realized that you don't have to be supermodel skinny or conform to the confines of society that constitutes "what is beautiful", and how freeing it was to feel to sexy and sensual as a pregnant lady. It broke down so many personal walls in my mind and I have enjoyed performing pregnant many times through both pregnancies.
What is your favourite musical?
Hands down, Les Misérables. I adore the story and the music is so unbelievable beautiful. I still weep every time I see it!! CATS would be a close second. As a child, I always wanted to be a cat.
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