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ANGIE PONTANI, YOUR CHARMING HOSTESS
A child of Brooklyn by way of New Jersey and a key player in establishing the neo-burlesque scene, this bump-n-grind bombshell has spread the glamour gospel across the globe for over a decade. The New Yorker calls Angie, “first rate, the perfect centerpiece!” and rightfully so, since her signature acts and productions all set standards of style and class.
This international superstar’s ability to mix glamour of yester-years with contemporary sensibility has earned her burlesque’s most prestigious award: “Queen of Burlesque, Miss Exotic World 2008.” Aside from its substantial part in Angie achieving burlesque’s highest honor, this combination of a deep-seated retro base and a cutting-edge innovative drive is also why Angie has toured multiple runs in the United States, Italy, Australia, Canada and Spain, and has been featured at spotlight events all over the world.
And Angie is as rooted and ground-breaking offstage as she is on. She is co-founder and co-producer producer of the longest running annual burlesque festival, New York International Burlesque Festival; she co-produced 2010 Burlesque Hall of Fame’s The Titans of Tease: 53rd Annual Striptease Reunion Showcase and the Saturday Night Competition; she was co-creator of the off-Broadway hit, This is Burlesque; she is producer of the on-going U.S. tour, Burlesque-A-Pades, starring the “#1 Burlesque Attraction in the Nation”(AOL.com), The World Famous Pontani Sisters. Her productions have shattered, and undoubtedly will continue to shatter, attendance records. Her knack for production and marketing has led her to produce and create a series of dance instructional DVD’s: Go-Go Robics I & II, Twist Party featuring Los Straitjackets, and Go-Go Dance with Angie Pontani.
Angie has appeared multiple times on the Conan O’ Brien Show and Gossip Girl and was also featured on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. Aside from having been photographed by renowned photographer Ellen Von Unwerth for L’uomo Vogue, she has graced the covers and pages of many magazines including Pin Curl, Page Six, Glamour, Spanish GQ, and countless others.
When Angie is not on the stage, setting the stage, reenacting the stage, or representing the stage, the combination threaded throughout everything she does –the interwoven retro and avant-garde where old meets new–is found within Angie herself. As youthful and energetic as she is, as much as she teases audiences and both influences and changes the world wherever she goes, Angie Pontani is nothing more than a grandmother at heart, one who enjoys nothing more than cooking, gardening, crocheting, watching old Westerns, and playing with her wild puppy!
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