a life-long dancer, began studying dance at the age of 2. Proficient in tap, ballet, and jazz, Red Velvet continues to study a variety of dance forms and styles such as samba and flamenco. Ms. Velvet began intensively studying Isadora Duncan dance in 1999, and began studying burlesque in 2008 with Bombshell Betty. Red Velvet has performed extensively in musical theater, performed throughout California, has studied and performed dance in New York, and has toured internationally. She has taught dance to adults and children, including training and teaching children to perform in professional musical theater events. She is the artistic director of the Bay Area cancan group, The Velvettes, and performs with the award winning dance/burlesque troupe Flaunt Follies - "If you've got it - Flaunt it!"
Ms. Velvet currently performs Isadora Duncan dance, she has performed with the Hot Pink Feathers, Bombshell Betty’s Burlesqueteers, and Alegria Samba Dance Company. Red Velvet is also a prolific choreographer and can frequently be seen performing solo work at the Elbo Room in San Francisco and at many shows around the Bay Area. She was a Director of DIVAfest, a non-profit organization promoting women in the arts; co-artistic director of the “DIVA or Die” burlesque show (a production of the Exit Theatre); and the co-creator, choreographer, and costumer of the burlesque plays “Rebel Without a Bra: A Burlesque Cabaret,” "At the White Rabbit Burlesque," and "Hotel Burlesque." All three of these are full-length theater/burlesque/cabaret productions. Ms. Velvet has performed solo acts at the following festivals:
- Texas Burlesque Festival, Austin, Texas;
- International London Burlesque Festival, London, England;
- Freezing Tassel Burlesque Festival, Anchorage, Alaska
- Ohio Burlesque Festival, Cleveland, Ohio;
- Hollywood Burlesque Festival, Hollywood, CA;
- BurlyPics California, Los Angeles, CA;
- Carolina Burlesque Festival, Charleston, South Carolina
- The Windy City Burlesque Festival, Chicago, Illinois;
- Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;
- ABurlyQ!, Albuquerque, New Mexico;
- The Great Burlesque Exposition, Boston, Massachusetts;
- Girlesque 2014! in Toronto, Canada;
- Mile High Burlesque Festival, Denver, Colorado;
- Toronto Burlesque Festival, Toronto, Canada;
- The Wiggle Room at Heavy Rebel Weekender, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Her solo acts have won "Most Humorous" at the Great Burlesque Expo 2014 and "Most Classic" at the Great Burlesque Expo 2016!
In addition, she has performed at Tease-O-Rama with Bombshell Betty's Burlesqueteers, at The Wiggle Room with Flaunt Follies, and at The Great Burlesque Exposition with both the Flaunt Follies and The Velvettes.
Red Velvet currently teaches Can-can classes and burlesque classes at Bombshell Betty's studio. Information and registration can be found at:
Listing of a Sample of Choreography:
Pistolero - Flamenco-style dance number
Whatever Lola Wants - Spicy dance to Lola song medley. (see video page)
City of Night - Classical Latin-style dance
Take Five - Classic strip
Temptation - showgirl or cat?
Dondes est Yolanda - dance/strip (see video page)
Temptation - cat or showgirl
Material Girl - flirty strip
Morticia - Morticia fan dance
Just Around the Corner - sing and strip
Everywhere - Classical dance with feather fans
Straighen up and Fly Right - fan dance on pointe
Crazy Dance - Runs in the Family - A happy appearing housewife enjoys life until she finds she is out of medication! So begins the descent into madness... (see video page)
The Contest - Red Velvet shaves with fabulous results
Danse Macabre - Enter the witch ready to cast her magical spells
Black Bottom Stomp - hobo dance
Street Scene - Peacock feather fan dance
I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine: Classic dance/burlesque
I will Survive: Marie Antoinette meets Disco
Death as a Flamenco Dancer - self explanatory
Scriabin/Poetry in Motion: teen angst - looking for beauty on the outside and the inside
La Vie en Rose - Graceful classical dance punctuated with the removal of fine silk scarves
Basin Street - Getting out of the shower and then getting even more comfortable
Nights in White Satin - Sensual scarf dance
You Don't Love Me - classic dance/burlesque moves
Living Room - Country-esque dance develops into sensuous chair and floor movements
Lily - Duet with Cheeky Sweets - Fun dance duet
Shaking the Blues Away - Tribute to Ann Miller in act from the movie Easter Parade
Ou est ma tete? - Duet with Lolly Gagger - A sparkly lesson in fashion and balancing the needs of others with the needs of yourself
And Then You're Gone - Duet with Lezzie McFaggerson - The trials and tribulations of the relationship - from the female's point of view
But Now I'm Back - Duet with Lezzie McFaggerson - The trials and tribulations of the relationship - from the male's point of view
Sweet Little Bullet from a Pretty Blue Gun - Frustrated housewife seeks solace in her secret Pandora's box
Love Fool - Cheerleader gone naughty
Harlem Nocturne - Classic jazz dance number
Fell Down a Hole - Evil child enjoys torturing large stuffed bear...
Angry Johnny - Mob-style act involving the torture and possibly worse of the tied-up victim
Minuet/Miserlou Medley - Demure demoiselle from the Romantic Era encounters modern music and havoc ensues!
Chu-Chi Face - Adorable sisters duet
Where's My Angel - jilted love decides whether life is worth living
Lonely Boy - Gogo-esque burlesque duet
Dark Night - Sensuality meets the dark side
It's Our Time to Shine - Soft shoe/tap number
Cavegirl Medley - Wild cave woman learns the beauty of feathers, sparkles, and other girlish fashion!
Meaning of Life - Fan Dance with surprise props
Bedbugs - You never know who is going to join you when you bed down
Cuddly Toy - What could be cuter than a girl dancing with her best bear?
Crapa Pelada - Classic dance and burlesque moves
Living Dead Girl - I think we have a sexy zombie on stage!
Hollow World - What happens after a bad day at school?
Seether - Doll finds an unusual toy and learns how to play in a new way
Let's Never Stop Falling In Love - Feather fan dance
Gardens of Sampson and Beasley - Hawaiian dance number
Andrew Sisters Medley - World War II era dance number
Lady Marmalade (group act) A trio of sexy!
Bunny Hop (group act) - Bunnies dance it up to a smorgasbord of bunny hop music stylings
Auld Lang Syne - Can-can duet to celebrate the New Year
Christmas Can-can (group act) - Cute reindeer do a holiday cancan for you
Bunny Fight Can-can (group act) - The bunnies vs. the hares
Time Warp Cancan - classic cancan dancers find themselves in the 1980s and fun disco cancan ensues
Classic Can-can numbers (group acts) - Classic cancan kicks and twirls