I am originally from Grosse Pointe, MI and a BM/MM graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. I am described by Theater Mania as a performer who is “worth the price of admission alone” (Nutcracker Rouge-Company XIV), and by Opera News as giving the “best all-around performance” (Handel’s Ariodante – The Princeton Festival). I have brought the art of marrying aerial arts, pole dancing, and burlesque with live classical singing to opera and entertainment companies worldwide. Based in Brooklyn, I have become a staple of the NYC nightlife scene, where I performs with Company XIV, Duane Park, and the Bartschland Follies with Susanne Bartsch at the Mckittrick Hotel. I am equally at home on the operatic and concert stage, and have performed as a soloist in many of New York’s most acclaimed concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Obviously furloughed, I’ve been hanging in a hoop from fire escapes in both my backyard and over the street at Duane Park for “outdoor dining with ambient street performance” in sub zero temps without batting an eyelash.
With over 10 years of pole and aerial training under my belt, I got my start in the air as a competitive pole dancer, and in the 2014 Pole Sport Organization National Level 4 Championship winner. I took home the 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Female Performance in an opera for my acrobatic aerial and vocal portrayal of Amour in Gluck’s Orphée with Against the Grain Theater, a co-production with Opera Columbus. I also recently appeared as Star in the movie Hustlers and have filmed featured extra pole work for the HBO series Betty.
I have appeared in many of New York City’s premiere entertainment spots for variety shows and burlesque outside of my regular venues, including Blunderland at House of Yes, The Slipper Room, Mac’s Powderkiss Cabaret hosted by Alan Cumming at Sony Hall, Schtick-a-pole-in-it and the Hot Jazz Festival with Shanghai Mermaid at DROM, Second Tuesdays at Sid’s at Sid Gold’s Request Room, Zavo NYC, Secret Circus at Secret Loft NYC, the Arianna Project with Music Nuova at Le Poisson Rouge, Spiegelworld at St. Anne’s Warehouse, Lavo Nightclub, Dances of Vice at Capitale, Cirque Central Entertainment, and The Curiosity Cabinet at The Dixon Place.
I have performed with the dance/circus troupe Company XIV for the last 5 years in 14 productions. Performances include stepsister Cinderella, ensemble in Snow White, Athena in Paris!, XIVariéte, the Slipper Room Summer series, La Fête at Kaatsbaan, El Matador in Boylesque Bullfight, the Mad Hatter in Queen of Hearts, Champagne and Lady Licorice in Nutcracker Rouge, and Vanity and Greed in Seven Sins.