What kinds of performances do you offer?
I can be a self-contained show or part of your larger performance or event. In addition to solo performance, I'm also happy to collaborate with other performers for both short and long shows. My acts can be part of indoor shows and outdoor shows, family-friendly shows and adults-only shows.
Production of full-length shows custom-designed for your event (requires additional performers)
Select variety acts from 5 to 15+ minutes
Ambient performance (Up to 4 sets of approximately 15 minutes each)
Roving performance & characters
Promotional model, living statue, body paint model, cigarette girl, etc.
I don't see an example of the theme I want on your website. Do you have any looks/acts that aren't listed?
Many of my acts aren't posted to the website. Also, I have a wide variety of costumes and love developing new acts geared toward specific themes. Please ask if you don't see what you're looking for.
What are your rates?
Because each event is different and I try to bring a unique experience to each one so I’m unable to offer standard pricing. It varies according to the requested location, entertainment choice and the number of acts required. I also offer day buy-out rates in some circumstances. Please provide as much information as possible on the booking form to help in developing an accurate quote.
Below are some general guidelines.
Variety performance, mermaid, cigarette/show girl and walk-around character engagements are usually booked by the hour, with a one hour minimum for booking. Local rates for strolling characters generally start at $125/hour (for cigarette girls and other simple characters, in-town), while more elaborate variety costumes or body paint modeling may be $150-175/hour or more.
For skilled variety performance, like burlesque, glow dance and mermaiding, rates begin at $200-300.
Fire is generally a one-hour minimum, with rates starting at $350. Prices include a fire safety assistant as well. The client is responsible for booking and compensating a fire marshal, if necessary.
Aerial is often a two-hour minimum and fees are applied based on rigging/engineering details, which vary from venue to venue. Expect a starting rate of $500 for a simple aerial engagement.
Do you offer discounts or pro bono performances to nonprofits?
Yes, there are special discounts to 501(c)3 nonprofits. However, due to the expense incurred as a professional (specialized insurance, rigging, engineering, etc.), I’m generally unable to offer performances free of cost.
Are you insured?
I am insured by Specialty Insurance Agency. I provide a certificate of insurance listing your venue as additional insured for no extra charge.
How far in advance should I book?
I am generally booked out at least 3 months in advance, but you can always try me! I can often handle requests for just a few days away. To get your first choice of times and shows, it's best to give several weeks lead-time. I don’t consider myself confirmed for a particular event until a contract has been signed and the deposit payment has been received.
Where are you located?
I’m based in Atlanta but I am available for events/performances worldwide.
How long does the fire show usually last?
An ambient solo performance is generally 5-10 minutes, and a choreographed act is generally 1-2 songs. If I’m collaborating with other performers, the show can easily be 20-30 minutes or longer. I can be flexible with the length of the show, accommodating the requirements your event.
How much space do you need for a fire show?
The amount of space required for fire entertainment varies. It’s possible to adapt most of fire shows to fit smaller or larger spaces.
Generally, a fire show requires a 12 x 12 ft space, minimum, for a solo performance. Generally, there needs to be a space of 9-10 feet between the performer and the audience. There should be at least two clear and unobstructed exits from the fire performance area, avoiding the need to navigate a crowd with fuel-covered or hot tools.
Engagements require two important and distinct areas: the Performance Area and the Fuel Station. The fuel station should be clearly marked with NO SMOKING signs. Fire tools will be lit within the performance area (or stage). All fuel containers will be located in the fuel station. A secure dressing area to store gear and personal belongings for the duration of the event is generally required, as well.
Can fire performances take place indoors?
Many indoor venues are suitable for fire performances although there are safety considerations including ventilation, fire safety, permissions and alarms. If the event is indoors, the minimum ceiling height is 12 feet and good ventilation is essential. Note: Many indoor fire protection systems are smoke or particle based, and they may be triggered by fumes and light smoke. This must be taken into consideration prior to any performance.
How dangerous is the fire show?
Yes, fire is dangerous. I take every precaution to avoid accidents, and perform a site inspection to make sure there are no hazards or potential dangers.
All fire engagements require at least one dedicated and trained safety person. This Fire Safety (provided by the performer) monitors the performance and is prepared to act in case of an emergency. The Fire Safety will be equipped with a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket to extinguish tools, performer and clothing in case of emergency.
Special Considerations: Wind is a fire performer’s worst enemy. Generally, fire goes upward and the performer stays to the side of or below a flame. With wind, fire can blow back into the performer’s face, causing potential serious or fatal injuries. If the wind direction is inconsistent or over 5mph, I reserve a right to refuse fire performances, in particular fire eating.
Do I need to get a fire permit to have a fire performance?
If your show is indoors on commercial or public property, you may need to hire a fire marshal or obtain a fire permit. Regulations and processes vary by city. The client is responsible for booking and compensating a fire marshal, if necessary.
How long does the show usually last?
A single set generally lasts about 5-15 minutes. Choreographed acts are generally 1-2 songs, and ambient performance is up to 4 10-minute ambient sets in per night. I can be flexible with the length of the show, accommodating the requirements your event.
How much space do you need for aerial acts?
12 feet is the minimum height required to perform on aerial hoop/lyra or on the freestanding tower. All other apparatus minimum heights range from 14 and up. If rigging to a ceiling or other structure, I require at least 6′ free space below and around the apparatus.
If bringing a free-standing aerial rig, it requires 25 x 25 ft of ground space and 18.5 feet in height. I also have a smaller, rectangular free-standing apparatus, which requires 8 x 8 feet of ground space and 12 feet overhead clearance.
A secure dressing area to store gear and personal belongings for the duration of the event is generally required, as well.
Can you perform in my venue?
I may need to speak to a building engineer familiar with the venue, or visit it for a preliminary assessment. If the venue has a drop ceiling, a site inspection is required.
For indoor shows, rigging from an exposed beam or rigging point installed in the ceiling of your venue is ideal. Exposed rafters or large structural beams that can bear loads of at least 2500 pounds. I’ll also require a ladder, lift or catwalk for access.
Can you perform outside?
Yes. I do use a freestanding aerial rig, which allows me to perform outside. If bringing the large free-standing aerial rig, it requires 25 x 25 ft of ground space and 18.5 feet in height. The smaller free-standing apparatus, requires 8 x 8 feet of ground space and 12 feet overhead clearance.
NOTE: I cannot perform outside if the weather is rainy, windy or there is a thunderstorm. The temperature must be over 60 degrees.
How dangerous is aerial performance?
Yes, aerial dancing is dangerous. I perform regularly in clubs, ballrooms, and theatres as well as at outdoor festivals and events. It is my job to train extensively (with a mat), to do safety checks on my equipment, to practice routines, to know my capabilities. I rehearse on site prior to an engagement to confirm the rigging is safe and secure.
While some engagements may call for use of a mat (which can be obscured to match event decoration), I do not use a net. Nets can be dangerous for falls from too short a distance and when equipment extends from the rigging point to the floor – as with straps, silk, rope - it could tangle or catch in a net.