WANT TO GO?
Mason Dixie Burlesque Tour
WHEN: 9 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St.
COST: Advance $8, at the door $10
INFO: 304-345-3914 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/577763
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Burlesque is alive and well. On Sunday night, The Empty Glass hosts Mason Dixie Burlesque for a show that mixes some sauciness with music and laughs.
The gazz emailed with Deanna Danger, Richmond, Virginia's reigning burlesque performer and the troupe's leader, to ask about getting into the business, the perils of performing and what kind of audience they're looking for.
Q: How long have you been doing burlesque, and how did you get into it?
A:"I've been performing burlesque for about five years, but I am a lifelong dancer. I got my start at a local fetish club I go-go dance at. They were having a burlesque-themed night, and I said, 'You have to let me perform!'
"It just stuck after that. Burlesque was starting to boom in Richmond, and I just started getting booked. In about a year and a half's time after that, I was doing it full-time."
Q: Did you have any mentors or important people who helped you in the beginning?
A: "There were a couple of producers who booked me a lot in the beginning, which helped me to get my name out in D.C., Baltimore and NYC, but it was Angie Pontani who was the first big star that took a chance on me. She booked me for a few of her 'Burlesque-a-pades' shows in the DC area in 2010, which helped land me in my first festival, the New York Burlesque Festival, of which she is a producer."