Holy Moly and Happy New Year: Reflections on 2020

Y’all…. we made it….

WOW……2020 was a DAMN YEAR. From the pandemic, to fascists in the government to Black and Brown people standing up and saying “IT’S ENOUGH!” 2020 was a year where we all had to stop and reassess who we are, what we stand for and what we want.

This is doubly true with burlesque. So many of us lost work (and for some their livelihood), gigs and travel opportunities. We lost venues and a sense of routine. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked around on a Thursday/Friday night and asked myself “well, what do I do tonight?” (Answer: sit down and read a book)

We also lost some of our ability to coddle those who want to uphold supremacy (not enough to my liking, but there has been some). Performers, venues and troupes that were all white, all abled bodied and all thin were called to the carpet and urged to change. Some did, some didn’t and we have yet to see for many others. Rest assure, this was not a one time thing, but the start of a shift in the way we work as performers.

Personally, 2020 was a year of change. I started my own Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultancy, worked with both performers and organizations to build a burlesque, worked with organizations such as The Office Hour Project where we taught, held space and did some amazing work.

It was also a year of some performance. Going from performing 3-4 times a week to none was a shift, but I’m really proud of the work I did create for the Juneteenth show, Burleoke, VHOF and most of all my award winning act for Miss Burlesque North America! Y’all – I have a CROWN!

So, this year has been a lot and I’m looking forward to 2021. I’m looking forward to being more intentional, more brave and more audacious. Why not me, right? And why not you?

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