Founder/Director, Producer, Classic and Neo-Burlesque
Make way for Harlow Holiday! This magnificent body positive maven is bringing glitz and glamour full tilt. Harlow is a fiercely proud indigenous performer who loves to give back to her community. She has proudly participated in multiple fundraisers for the indigenous in Montreal over the last few years. A Human Rights Activist by day and a Burlesquer by night, Mrs. Holiday has shimmied up and down the East coast including fabulous Canada. She is the Co-founder and current Director of Salt City Burlesque in Syracuse, NY where glitter and gusto are never in short supply. You can find this sparkle enthusiast’s one-of-a-kind creations at her Etsy shop, Le Petit Couturier, and be sure to follow her adventures through social media, to find out where you can catch her next!
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 joined Salt City Burlesque in 2016 as a stage kitten. After a year of clearing the stage of fabulous costume pieces, Eerie thought it'd be more fun to take off the clothing than to pick it up, so she took the dive into becoming a performer herself. She is now a core member and dedicated team member who helps insure the shows run smoothly from set up to tear down. Eerie performs a wide variety of acts, don't let her spooky name deceive you. Many of her acts actually lean heavily towards neo-classic glamour and beauty and it's evident that her heart is in the bumps and grinds. However, she does let her other sides show with fun horror and heavy metal inspired acts as well as dabbling in nerdlesque. Eerie’s performances are a delightful cocktail of classic and creepy, comedic and sultry; but over all erotic and eerie. She has performed all around upstate NY and is hopeful to travel more in the future. When she's not disrobing on stage Eerie also enjoys modeling and pin-up culture. In 2019 Eerie won Syracuse's Harley Davidson Pin-Up Girl contest. She's our token gothic macabre minx and it's always a thrill to see what she will do next!
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!
Lulu La Femme
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
Co-Founder, Neo-Burlesque, Shocklesque
A curious cacophony of characters, The Purveyor of the Preposterous, Mary Effen Sunshine is one half sweet, one half sinister and 100% a ray of Effen rowdiness.
Born of her name after making a snarky remark, she made her debut on stage October 2014 in Albany, NY. In 2015 she helped Harlow Holiday cofound Salt City Burlesque. She has danced her way through many showcases all over New York State. After a 2-year hiatus she has made a full-force comeback in 2019 performing as a troupe member for SCB and producing her own brand of shocking performance art!
Mary is a malleable performance artist with an interest in themes ranging from horror and shock all the way to Old-Hollywood glam and physical comedy. Will she leave you stunned? Laughing? Crying? Or a combination of all three? You will never guess what she might do next!
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!
Dandy Red is your red-hot, dandy gentleman of boylesque. He started dancing at the age of 3 with the Kathleen O'Keefe school of Irish Dance and frequently starred in school plays and musicals such as "Peter Pan", "The Secret Garden", "Suessical the Musical" and "Godspell". After school he spent time between New York City and Los Angeles modeling and acting for film. Some included: “Suburbicon”, “Golden Boy”, 5SOS’s “Jet Black Heart” music video and Megan Trainor’s music video for “Better When I’m Dancin’ ” where he shares a cute moment with Megan serving him pie. By day he is a men’s style consultant specializing in made-to-order suits and tuxedos.
He made his boylesque debut at SCB's “Pride Burlesque” performing a duet alongside Maestro/Maestra. Their act “Summertime” was a smoldering hit choreographed by Maestro and styled by Dandy Red. Salt City Burlesque couldn’t help but snatch him up as their own and we were beside ourselves with joy when he joined as a core member of his hometown’s very own premier burlesque troupe. That very next month Dandy made his solo boylesque debut with his show-stopping take on the classic “Puttin’ on the Ritz” which incorporates elements of jazz and tap dance with Neo-Burlesque. Dandy has continued to perform and debut new acts with each Salt City Burlesque show and looks forward to meeting you at the next show!
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!