Founder/Director, Producer, Classic and Neo-Burlesque
Harlow is a CNY native and an Indigenous artist of Mohawk descent with a background in Theater, also continually dabbling in several different forms of dance. A self-proclaimed "sparkle enthusiast" she enjoys costume design and creation. She is Co-founder and current Director of Salt City Burlesque based in Syracuse, NY. Harlow is extremely passionate about burlesque as an art form and frequently travels around the country to observe burlesque, often taking classes and workshops with legends and industry professionals cultivating personal and artistic growth. Harlow is an active member of the upstate NY Burlesque community, having performed with several productions across Upstate NY including acclaimed Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque in Albany, Sirens & Stilettos Cabaret in Rochester, and Whiskey Tango Sideshow in Ithaca via the first annual Empire Burlesque Festival in spring 2016. She appeared in the 6th Annual Ohio Burlesque Festival in Cleveland, the inaugural Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival in Knoxville, and recently made her international debut at The Wiggle Room in Montreal performing in a First Nations based burlesque fundraiser for Standing Rock. Harlow appeared at the Vermont Burlesque Festival, Burlington, in January 2017, the Ottawa Burlesque Festival, and she appeared as a feature dancer in "Miss Meow's Curvy Cats" in Montreal at the Wiggle Room in July 2018.
Lil'bits is a Syracuse native with a background in fine arts, dance, and music. She can be found exploring the surrounding Central New York parks with her pack of flow artist friends, honing her craft and spreading her love of prop manipulation to any inquisitive spectator who comes across her path. She fell in love with hoop dance just under 3 years ago when she decided to make her first practicehoop, a huge monstrosity of black irrigation tubing and duct tape, and has since moved on to multi hoop play and her most treasured possession, the smart hoop. From a young age, she has been an avid sci-fi and fantasy fan and after many years of interpreting these explorations of the human condition through her paintings, she was excited to find another avenue to express these themes through the medium of hoop dance accompanied by electronic soundscapes. Her desire to grow as a flow artist has expanded into other forms of meditative movements such as yoga, fire fans, poi and staff! She has quickly established her presence in the burlesque scene, transitioning from virgin audience member to dedicated performer in just under one year. She is the resident flow artist of Salt City Burlesque as well as Celestial Bodies Belly Dance troupe where she is also a member!
Eerie Rottica is a dedicated team member who helps to insure everything goes smoothly from set up to tear down and all the fun in between. She joined Salt City Burlesque as a stage kitten in 2016 and quickly fell in love with the stage and became a performer. Eerie is a big believer in self love and confidence and thinks that burlesque can be healing and self esteem boosting for everyone. Her performances range from being dressed all in white for her "Moonlight Serenade" to being clad in black and skulls for her Rob Zombie themed act. In her free time she enjoys creating costumes and props and backdrops and covering everything in sight with rhinestones!
Classically Trained Dancer, Boylesque Artist
Maestro Maestra is a Los Angeles native and Syracuse resident, a current member of Salt City Burlesque. Classically trained at the San Francisco Ballet School where he performed with the San Francisco Ballet, and continued his ballet career in Austria and Germany. Currently working as a ballet instructor and recently recognized by National Geographic as an Unsung Hero, while sharing his passion with a new generation of dancers. Maestro has had the pleasure of guest performing with Justin Saine's Imaginarium in Binghamton, Pop Culture Provocateurs Albany, and numerous engagements with Whiskey Tango Sideshow of Ithaca.
Making his festival debut at the 2016 Ohio Burlesque Festival and returning this past summer to perform in their 2017 Gala Night, he has also had the pleasure of joining the cast of the 2nd Annual Empire Burlesque Festival in Ithaca, and made his international debut at the 2017 Ottawa Burlesque Festival in Canada. In 2018 he made appearances at Ohio Burlesque Festival in Cleveland, Manarchy in San Francisco, the Ottawa Burlesque Festival and the Montreal Burlesque Festivals in Canada. Maestro was a feature performer in Jeezy's Juke Joint (Chicago) in sping of 2019, and headlined his first festival in Toronto this past summer. In fall of 2019 he will make his Producer debut hosting Jeezy's Juke Joint: A Black Burly Q Revue in Syracuse!
Ballet Maestro by day and Boylesque Ballerina by night!
Emcee/Host, Professional Drag King, Producer
Justin Saine, (Jennifer Castle) is an International Drag King who holds a B.A in Theatre and a Minor in Dance. He has been performing the art of Gender Illusion for ten years and has become one of the top five Drag Kings in the country. His talent and unique style has been recognized by several online media polls, articles, and blogs such as Buzzfeed, Girlfriends Meet, Ranker, and Gay Star News. He is learning the art of costume design, so he can create more original performance works of art. He makes frequent appearances at shows across New York State including NYC, across Pennsylvania, and Canada. His performance goals are to entertain people all over the country and to bring a new perspective to the world around us! Justin Saine is known for his amazing and recognizable recreation of Pop-Culture characters, maniacal laughter, and intensely contagious high energy. Salt City Burlesque is thrilled to have him as their official Host and Emcee!
Classic and Neo-Burlesque
Lulu La Femme is a classically trained ballerina, who competed in team jazz and hip hop dance while in her teens. Later, she taught dance and group fitness classes at several Central New York health clubs. Lulu was bit by the burlesque bug after winning the amateur competition at a Salt City Burlesque show in February 2018, her first time experiencing authentic burlesque. Lulu’s debut as a dancer was in May 2018 in Syracuse, when she became an official troupe member of SCB. She has performed almost every month since, debuting 7 new acts during her first 8 months as a dancer. Lulu recently performed at her first burlesque festival in Burlington, Vermont in January 2019. She is excited to have found her passion in burlesque and is proud to be a member of the Salt City Burlesque family!
Salt City Burlesque's newest resident member as of February 2018, a talented chanteuse hailing from Rochester, NY. We asked her to tell us about herself and here is what she had to say:
You might often come across an obligatory list of accolades when reading any other artist bio.. But I don't have a music degree from a prestigious conservatory, nor have I opened for any famous headliners.. I've never been signed.. But I have no need for those conventional tools to convince you, for the moment I sing my first note, you'll already know you're experiencing something rare and beautiful. It's a wildly dynamic range that brings together fans of all shapes and sizes to share a love of my unbridled authenticity. But don't take my word for it, listen for yourself.
We know from experience that this beauty was gifted with a voice, a powerful one, and her performances are both exciting and moving!
Stage Kitten, Neo Burlesque
Frenchie Foreplay is a New Hampshire native who relocated to Syracuse 3 years ago. Frenchie is returning following her debut as a stage kitten with Salt City Burlesque in September of this year. She says she fell in love with burlesque many years ago while watching her first show in Ottawa, Canada. She is inspired by old Hollywood glamour. Frenchie made her performance debut at the 4th annual Empire Burlesque Festival in Ithaca, NY with the Bourbon Babes, and made her solo performance debut with Salt City Burlesque in the summer of 2019.
Mary Effen Sunshine
Mary Effen Sunshine is a native Syracusian and one half mastermind of the fabulous showcase that is Salt City Burlesque. She has a lifetime of background in music, art, and dance. Mary is also a biker babe, metalhead, and all around rebel that likes to shock and challenge with her performances. Mary is also well known for her work as an erotic and fetish model for Syracuse-based photographer Hollow 2.5. She has performed for showcases like Justin Saine's Imaginarium in Binghamton, NY, Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque in Albany, Rox Xi Tart's 1920s Revue in Albany, and Syracuse Showgirls right here in her hometown. There's no telling what she will do next, but it's sure to tantalize and make you blush! Her latest venture includes the establishment of her very own unique burlesque production "The Effen Sessions", which debuted in April of 2019!!
Miss Lola Amore
Stage Manager, Stage Kitten/Prop Tart
Miss Lola Amore is a Syracuse native and feels very lucky to have discovered an inspiring performance community through Salt City Burlesque! Miss Lola dove onstage for the first time singing holiday classics at the 2017 SCB Holiday Spectacular. She now utilizes her many years of experience in theatre stage management as one of the resident Stage Kittens! However, just in this year alone she has expanded her time onstage to include various types of performance such as chairlesque, dance duets, and impersonating Lady Gaga. Miss Lola is an all around talented lady and a backstage boss!
Emcee, Sketch Comedy, Dance
Getaway Gertie joined Salt City Burlesque in Decembe 2018. She focuses her art around hosting and Vaudeville inspired comedy and entertainment. Gertie was crowned Salt City Pinup Queen 2018 and thoroughly enjoyed her reign. She adores Burlesque and Pinup for the sisterhood and empowerment it harbors. A teacher by day and a foul-mouthed sassy pants by night. Gertie enjoys coming up with new concepts for Salt City Burlesque and frequently guests at events across Rochester. The Burlesque stage has provided her opportunities to explore Shtick and is excited to make people laugh wherever she goes!
Salt City Burlesque regularly features performers from the CNY region and beyond!
Classic and Neo-Burlesque, Headmistress of Sirens & Stilettos Cabaret
Ruby Sparkles has been performing burlesque since 2013 and has loved all the sparkles since. She is a nationally published pinup model appearing in Rat Rod, Car Kulture Deluxe, and Delicious Dolls Magazine to name a few of the publications. She loves being the Headmistress of Rochester's premier troupe Sirens & Stilettos Cabaret. This tantalizing redhead is also known as "The Gem of Western NY" and is a crowd favorite and frequent special guest performer of Salt City Burlesque!