By Nailea Fabiola Ayala |Staff Writer|
CSUSB’s Women’s Resource Center (WRC) brought glitter, dazzling costumes, and dancers with a witty sense of humor to their fourth annual Comedy and Burlesque Extravaganza Showcase.
The show took place in the Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center on Friday night and kicked off promptly at 8 p.m.
The event served as both a Breast Cancer Awareness and charity event, mixed with an amazing show.
Vendors were present from 7 to 8 p.m and proceeds were given to The Busted Foundation, an organization that helps breast cancer survivors pay for their medical bills.
By the end of the winter quarter, the WRC began to bring this show to life by working side by side with CSUSB’s former student Hula-La, now a California based dance show producer, hoop dance, fire and burlesque artist who has performed in the United States and Europe.
“Hula-La helps us book the dancers. She knows them on both a personal and professional level,” said SMSU WRC student assistant, Kirk Ambriz. “I had a conversation with Hula-La and she said there was no real representation of real burlesque dancers. The film ‘Burlesque’ released in 2010, does a bad job of representing them. Hula-La brings dancers of all sizes and ethnicities.”
A total of 18 Los Angeles based burlesque performers were present Friday night, including: Co Co Lectric, Hula-La, Nikita Bitch Project, Cha Cha Velour, Angie Cakes, Devin Marie, Fever Blister, Jessabelle Thunder, Tara Mi Sioux, Charlotte La Belle, Little Miss Viscious, Kira Von Sutra, Raquel Reed, Angela Ryan, Frankie Sin, Cleo Viper, Go Go Amy, and the Cabaret Cabaret Ladies.
These performers have appeared in shows internationally and have made names for themselves.
Raquel Reed, for example, has been on covers of Tattoo Life and Alt Magazine, been featured in Retro Lovely, Bizarre, Inked Girls, walked on runways for Ed Hardy, Patricia Field, Jared Gold, is a model for Tom Tom Fashions, and a Dr. Sketchy’s favorite.
Reed was also the Ink N Iron 2011’s pageant winner.
Sexy burlesque dancers were not the only entertainment that night.
Sammy the Dwarf, MC Jared Butler and Comedic Juggler Ivan Pecel also made appearances.
Ivan Pecel’s unique juggling performance was undoubtedly enjoyed by everyone in the event center.
Pecel, also known as the ‘anti-juggler juggler’ has managed a successful career at a young age.
He has won the title of International Three Ball Juggling Champion at a competition in Canada, won the International Jugglers Competition in Nevada, and won the prestigious Silver Medal in the World Juggling Championships.
Pecel also appeared on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and was selected to be on the show, out of thousands of jugglers who auditioned.
He had everyone laughing and interacting with him from beginning to end, making his show unforgettable.
The performances ended at 11 p.m and a total of 330 people attended this Comedy and Burlesque Extravaganza Showcase.