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Meet Mia PiaCherrie and Visa V of Burlescapades

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mia PiaCherrie and Visa V.

Mia and Visa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
The story of Burlescapades actually started before our involvement in the troupe. The troupe was founded in 2010 by Kara Lafleur and Mercy Beaucoup and when they relocated to pursue sparkly solo endeavors in 2011 they passed the torch to Burlescapades current owners: Mia PiaCherrie, Visa V and Shelly Y Hughes.

Burlescapades started out as a classically driven dance troupe, but over the years has evolved into a neo, nerdy production company that focuses on dance and theatrics. We are constantly refining our craft and looking for new and surprising ways to bring ideas and characters to life.

We produce at least 4 shows a year, each production has its own theme and every show features brand new acts from our team as well as featuring local, and out of town performers.

Has it been a smooth road?
Every production has its challenges, from venues, to ticket sales, to casting… Add in locational complications like double sided carpet tape and 110+ degree weather, and you have a mixture of quite a few issues that might cause a problem. We take the obstacles that we face and turn them into a challenge by seeking out how much we can learn from them, remembering that from some perspectives a mole hill is a mountain, and no problem is too small to fix. Every difficulty has an opportunity to become a strength.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We bring new and fresh material to the stage for every production. No two shows are alike. We do have 4 themes that we stick to; our Horror themed show is “Stripped from the Crypt”, our Movie themed production is called “Cinelesque”, our comic-book and video game themed revue is titled “Nerdlesque”, and
our Unthemed (anything goes) show is called “Wildcard.” Each show features members from our troupe as well as local and out of town performers.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
The entertainment industry in Phoenix is tough. There are very few venues that work well for burlesque. There are also several long standing productions. My recommendation to anyone starting out or wanting to produce is to find an existing production that best fits them, rather than creating their own company, at least to start out. The ability to deliver a great production relies on your reach as a company, or performer, and gaining a following is essential for success. There are also quite a few options for classes ranging from dance and movement to costuming and show production.

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London Snow Photography
Ross Demma Photography

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