Hello! It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time to ask another fabulous burlesque performer about their first time doing burlesque. This week, we are chatting with the Sparkling Jewel of Burlesque: Angelica Lavalier.
LFF: Tells us about your first time performing burlesque on stage. What led you to that point? Were you nervous? How did you feel after? Do you have advice for anyone just starting out?
Angelica Lavalier: My son was 2 1/2 when I started taking classes at New York School of Burlesque. I wanted to do something fun and missed doing things for myself. I had always had a love and appreciation for burlesque, but never thought it was something I could actually do, since I wasn’t a dancer. I did my first student showcase two months later.
In a former life I had been a stripper, so I wasn’t nervous about being on stage or taking off my clothes, but rather remembering my choreography and executing it properly! Immediately after performing I was hooked and just wanted to figure out how to get on stage again! I had no idea how I would get into another show, and was almost sure I never would. Luckily things worked out differently!
For people starting out, I would say stay positive, don’t compare yourself to anyone else and enjoy every second on stage because it goes so fast!
LFF: Awesome, thank you so much! And where can we see you next?
Angelica: I will be at Visionary Tattoo Arts Festival in Asbury Park, NJ on 7/26 and 7/27.
You can also see Angelica at our Halloween-themed burlesque show at Parkside Lounge on July 12! Stay tuned for ticket info.
And be sure to come back next week for our chat with Jackie Nova.
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