WANT TO GO?
Dangerous Curves Ahead
WHERE: The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St.
WHEN: 10 p.m. Tuesday
INFO: 304-345-3914 or www.emptyglass.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Anita Cookie is one of the five dancers touring with Dangerous Curves Ahead, a Brooklyn-based burlesque troupe that performs Tuesday night at the Empty Glass. She said the group has been to a lot of interesting places since it was founded four years ago, but Fairbanks, Alaska was kind of special.
"We did two weeks in Alaska," she said. "It was amazing."
While in Alaska, they stayed in a log cabin without running water, met a park ranger in Denali National Park who showed them that roadkill moose was edible and discovered that some parts of Alaska just don't see a lot of women.
"You could kind of tell by the way they acted," she laughed. "They have a saying around there for the girls, 'The odds are good, but the goods are odd.'"
Joking aside, most of the men they met were great, she said. And yes, a lot of them were glad to see the girls.
"People came from everywhere when they heard there were going to be New York burlesque dancers," Cookie said. "They don't see a lot of that."
The same is true in other places, too. Charleston typically only sees burlesque dancers just a couple of times a year, which is very different from New York, Cookie said.
"There's a lot of burlesque coming out of Brooklyn," she said. "It really took off in the 1990s with the neo-classical stuff, which is striptease with an artsy, blue kind of edge."
Since then, burlesque in Brooklyn has diversified.
"You've got lots of troupes that are very, very vaudeville or very retro-throwback," she explained. "There are people who do the superhero shows; they're very comic book-y and sort of cater to the nerds -- and I say that in a loving way."
Cookie said Dangerous Curves Ahead is a sampling of several different styles.