Meet Sadie


Sadie Hawkins is Atlanta’s gravity-defying fireball. A burlesque aerialist, fire performance artist, and producer, her acts are charged with a sensuality and a sense of humor whether she’s in the air, on stage or afire.

Since her debut in 2004, Sadie has been entertaining audiences both as a solo performer and with troupes counted among the best of Atlanta. Currently an independent performer, Sadie travels extensively as a featured performer at corporate events, festivals and local productions.

Sadie travels extensively to perform at corporate events, festivals and local productions. She collaborates with several performance groups, and is co-founder of the Flight of Swallows improv movement+music collective. As a producer, Sadie works to provide opportunities for performers and audiences to push outside their comfort zones. Her productions include Last Pasties Standing, an improv burlesque game show; the Cheap Thrills! series of DIY-on-a-budget variety shows, The Men's Room showcase of male-presenting burlesque, and many more well-received shows she produces regularly. She is also the Branch Manager of Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School Atlanta and co-producer of Naked Girls Reading Atlanta.


Performer Resume



Multi-disciplinary producer and entertainer offering a range of skills, including burlesque, fire and aerial performance.

Solo Performance

Burlesque Entertainer Neo-Burlesque Performer, Producer & Special Event Talent 2005-Present

Independent Producer (non-troupe/company shows, noted below):

  • Last Pasties Standing (improv burlesque game show) 2014-Present

  • Cheap Thrills 2015-Present

  • Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, Atlanta branch manager 2015-Present

  • Naked Girls Reading, Atlanta franchise (co-producer) 2015-Present

  • Various burlesque and variety productions throughout Atlanta 2011-Present

  • The Men's Room 2016-2018

Select Festivals:

  • Alabama Burlesque Festival – Featured Performer 2012 & 2013

  • Asheville Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival 2008-2010, Featured/Headline Performer 2012 - 2017, 2019

  • Atlanta Fringe Festival 2012, 2014 & 2015

  • Bluegrass Burlexpo - Featured Performer 2013

  • Colorado Burlesque Festival 2013

  • The Festival of Doom, Columbia SC 2014

  • Shamelessly Hot, Columbia SC - Featured/Headline Performer 2014-2017

  • Southern Fried Burlesque Festival – Featured Performer 2012 - 2015

  • Suncoast Burlesque Festival, St. Petersburg 2012

  • Show-Me Burlesque Festival, St. Louis 2011-2013

  • Virginia Burlesque & Sideshow Festival – Headliner 2013, Featured Performer 2015

Aerialist In Variety Shows, Festivals, Nightclubs, Private Events 2008-Present

Fire Performer In Variety Shows, Festivals, Nightclubs, Private Events 2009-Present

Collaborations/Troupes/Touring Companies:

Hot Toddies Cabaret Fire, Aerial & Costumed Talent 2009-Present Feature Production: “Toddie Tales” (Atlanta Fringe Festival) 2012

Flight of Swallows (cofounder) Improvisational Collaboration: Music + Movement 2009-Present Key events:

  • Black Box 2019

  • Corona Borealis (Atlanta Fringe Festival, Art on the Beltline) 2016

  • Cloudsphere, a funded project for Art on the Beltline 2015

  • Atlanta Fringe Festival production "Hours of the Longest Night" 2014

  • Big Bang Ball 2012

  • The Brazil act, The Future of Tomorrow 2010

  • Bang! Launch 2010

The Carnivalesque Roadshow 2014 Touring company member, burlesque and aerial performance.

Freaksheaux to Geaux 2014-2015 Touring company member, burlesque and aerial performance.

7 Stages: Krampus 2011-2017 Various roles in annual production at Atlanta theater.

Blast-Off Burlesque Cofounder, Producer, Performer 2006-2012 Burlesque Festivals: Asheville Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival 2009-2010 Recurring Events: Taboo-La-La 2010-2012 Silver Scream Spook Show 2006-2010

Feature Productions:

  • “World Tour” 2011

  • “Holidazed & Confused” 2011

  • “The Future of Tomorrow” 2010

  • “Stimulus Package” 2010

  • “Primetime” 2009

  • “Mysterious Mysteries of the Unknown” 2009

  • “Go West!” 2008

Doll Squad Stagehand, Burlesque Performer 2004-2006

TV/Film, Music Videos & Commercials:

  • Satisfaction Season 1, Episode 8 "Through Security" Burlesque Performer 2014

  • Arash & Sean Paul “She Makes Me Go” Fire Performer/Aerialist 2012

  • Sir Rock “Bottles & Sparklers” Fire Performer 2012

  • EvaFe “Oxygen (High Rock Remix)” Fire Performer 2012

  • Future featuring T.I. “Magic” Fire Performer 2011

  • Skeletonwitch “Bringers of Death” Costumed Character 2010

  • Sony Vaio Adult Swim Demonstrator 2010



Specializing in Aerial Hoop/Lyra, Dance Lyra/Trapyra, Tippy Lyra, Mini-Lyra, Aerial Net, Sling/Hammock, Aerial Frame, Improvised/Custom Apparatus (including Teardrop, Half-Lyra, Stage Sling/Roundsling, Aerial Star/Chandelier, Silks/Trapeze Hybrid, Chains, Aerial Saddle), and Harness. Additional experience includes Cloud Swing, Silks, Aerial Rope, Trapeze, and Still Rings.

Fire & Glow Performer:

Fire Dance, Eating & Body Transfers. Growing fire toolset includes: Fans, Torches, Palm Torches, Floating Orb, Fire Fingers, and Baton. Glow tools include: Fans, Palm Torches, Baton.

Burlesque & Other Specialties:

Go-Go Dance, Feather Fan Dance, Chair Dance, Glitter Show, Striptease, Tassel Twirling, Body Paint Model, Figure Model, Living Statue/Tableau, Costumed/Theme Character Mingle.

Select Performance Venues

(in Atlanta metro unless noted):

7 Stages, 200 Peachtree, The 51, Alcove Gallery, AllWays Lounge (New Orleans), Ambient+ Studio, Argosy, Bart Webb Studios, Bella Nightclub, Bellissima, The Brickyard at Marietta Station, Cafe Istanbul (New Orleans), Callanwolde Arts Centre, Casa Loma Ballroom (St. Louis, MO), CMFA Black Box (Columbia, SC), Cosmic Charlie's (Lexington, KY), Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD), Downtown Arts Center (Lexington, KY), Eclipse di Luna, Elliott Street Pub, Eyedrum, Five Points Station Amphitheater, Five Spot, Fluor Field (Greenville, SC), Flying Monkey Arts Center at Lowe Mill (Huntsville, AL), Georgia Aquarium, Goat Farm, Gold Room, The Grey Eagle (Asheville, NC), The Hambidge Center (Rabun Gap, GA), The Hartness Estate (Greenville, SC), Haymarket Whiskey Bar (Louisville, KY), Hellenic Center, LAB (Asheville, NC), Lakewood Theatre (Dallas, TX), Limelight (Nashville, TN), Livingston, Marathon Music Works (Nashville, TN), The Millenium Center (Winston-Salem, NC), Mobile Museum of Art (Mobile, AL), North Carolina Stage Company (Asheville, NC), Odditorium (Asheville, NC), Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center (Oklahoma City), Opera, Opera House Live (Sheperdstown, WV), Orange Peel (Asheville, NC), Red Light Cafe, Reign Nightclub, Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center, Seattle Aquarium (Seattle, WA), Shelter, Smith's Olde Bar, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, TN), Southland Ballroom (Raleigh, NC), Stage 5 Theatre (Columbia, SC), Star Bar, STATS, St. Petersburg Nights (St. Petersburg, FL), Strand Theatre (Marietta), Tapp's on Main Street (Columbia, SC), Tongue & Groove, Trolley Barn, Twain’s, Venkman's, Ventana’s, W Hotel Buckhead, W Hotel Downtown Atlanta, Wild Bill's

Performance Videos 

A selection of video of signature acts from over the years.

Video by Stun Gun Photography. Footage of Flight of Swallows rehearsal for Corona Borealis project, recorded at The Goat Farm in Atlanta on 1 June 2016.
From Asheville Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival, May 2015 at the Orange Peel. Apparatus and costume designed by Sadie Hawkins. Song by Billie Holliday.
Created for Virginia Burlesque & Sideshow Festival, 2013. This was the inaugural year of the festival, and I was the headliner. Just prior to the show, my costume (dress) zipper gave out, requiring me to swap the dress for a robe. This video features a couple costume malfunctions, and those costume pieces have now been updated or replaced to prevent similar malfunctions.
Lyra Act @ Music City Burlesque's Spring Break or Bust, 6 April 2012. Video courtesy Dun Baydoun, Cake or Death Productions (in Nashville).
Burlesque performance at - Cirque Du Burlesque Sept 2012 Viva Burlesque Dallas Video by Ben Britt
Flight of Swallows at Blast-Off Burlesque's The Future of Tomorrow show, June 19 at 7 Stages in Atlanta.
With partner/belay Ryan Mathern, this act premiered at the 10th annual Asheville Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival in May 2016. Music by Little Dragon.
A work in progress, this act was a custom piece for the 8th annual Asheville Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival in May 2014. It was developed as I was beginning physical therapy to overcome some serious hurdles to performance.
Live performance by Sadie Hawkins, accompanied by Strawfoot, during the Beggar's Carnivale show - May 18, 2013 at the Casa Loma Ballroom in St. Louis. (It's missing the beginning of the act!)
Short double chain sling piece to Kleptones' "Seed of Idumea" created for Music City Burlesque's 5th Annual Boolesque show at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN. Video courtesy Cake or Death Productions.
Purim act on custom-built Magen David apparatus. Video from Blast-Off Burlesque's "Holidazed & Confused" show at 7 Stages in Atlanta's Little 5 Points, January 2011.
Sadie Hawkins' Donnie Darko tribute act from Blast-Off Burlesque's The Future Of Tomorrow show. June 19, 2010 (10PM show) at 7 Stages in Atlanta, GA.