Sadie Hawkins is a burlesque aerialist and fire performance artist based in Atlanta, Ga.
Currently an independent performer and producer, Sadie has been working with Hot Toddies Cabaret since 2009, and as well as collaborating with Flight of Swallows, an improv music and aerial performance group she co-founded with cellist Deisha Oliver in 2010. Sadie co-founded Blast-Off Burlesque, with which she performed and produced from 2006-2012. Known for quirky, performance art-style acts, Blast-Off Burlesque was voted Best Burlesque Troupe in Creative Loafing’s annual Best of Atlanta survey 2009-2012 and in 2010, Atlanta Magazine named the group Atlanta’s Best Burlesque troupe. Sadie Hawkins began her relationship with burlesque as part of Doll Squad Burlesque Revue in 2004.
Sadie began aerial performance in 2008, and started teaching lyra (aerial hoop) in 2009. In addition to lyra, she regularly works on aerial net, silk sling, aerial rope, still rings, trapeze, chains, and a variety of improvised apparatus including a custom-built star.
Sadie Hawkins was headliner of the inaugural Virginia Burlesque & Sideshow Festival in 2013. Her aerial and fire performance is charged with a burlesque sensibility, often fusing them into performance art.