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Our mission is to entertain, titillate, educate and liberate! 
We need your support to continue bedazzling the world.
Our mission is to entertain, titillate, educate and liberate! We need your support to continue bedazzling the world.
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Have you experienced the invigoration and ferocity that IS BROWN GIRLS BURLESQUE

Don't you want to?!

Our 2014 season and continued existence are in serious jeopardy. 

We need you, our BGB community, to be a part of the courage, glamour, and liberation that comes from creating paradigm shifting art.

BGB: Chicava HoneyChild by Nisha Sondhe
BGB: Chicava HoneyChild by Nisha Sondhe

We are Brown Girls Burlesque 

a company of women of color dedicated to creating our own reflection in the art form of burlesque. Founded in 2007, over the years we created more than 50 shows, performed around the country, visited colleges and shared the stage with The Legendary Roots Crew, Melvin Van Peebles, and The Burnt Sugar Arkestra.

BGB Culture Classics by Nisha Sondhe
BGB Culture Classics by Nisha Sondhe

We believe our work is inherently tied to community through our individual stories. Each day it is becoming more challenging to be independent, self-produced artists in New York City. Rather than having our cultures, stories, and bodies commodified by others we are striving to shine the spotlight on our own truths and fishnet together a world of women’s experiences.

As sensational as we are, we are not being dramatic -- we are at the breaking point and need your CRUCIAL support in order to bring you our next season and spread the love around the country and the world!


BGB Fun by Syd London
BGB Fun by Syd London

We feel the LOVE! But now we need to feel the Benjamins! Not only do we consistently perform to full houses in New York but our sold-out shows in Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis tell us there’s folks around the country ready and waiting to be vamped by the magic of BGB.

BGB: exHOTic other by Nisha Sondhe
BGB: exHOTic other by Nisha Sondhe

What your support will do:

Sizzling Season for 2014: Our sexy, insightful and exciting shows have far reaching and challenging artistic goals. The costs and labor that go into creating our productions include:

  • A PRODUCER!!! - We Need Someone to Manage All Aspects of Production for us so we can bring the SHINE!!! And they need a team!
  • Production expenses - Paying for venues, rehearsal studios, production insurance
  • Making it Dazzling - Costumes, props, and materials are costly and time intensive
  • Paying folks - Salaries and honorariums for guest artists
  • Physical marketing - Designing, printing and distributing flyers and posters
  • Reaching the world - Promoting on social media and updating our website
  • Getting press - Generating and distributing information to media outlets and cultivating relationships
  • Travel expenses - Planes, trains, buses, and automobiles
  • Growing the Broad Squad - teaching classes and workshops

Spreading the Shake: To Grow the Broad Squad we want to teach more classes and workshops in New York and in every city we visit! To do this we need to advertise them and rent studios space so that we get ladies everywhere shaking it down, working it out and telling their stories! 

Building our team and infrastructure: For our long term sustainability we need a freelance super skilled producer so we can focus on bringing you increasingly amazing performances. We also need assistants and interns, to whom we’d like to provide an honorarium, who will help with college bookings, grant writing, fundraising, and negotiations. This will start us on the path to finding a permanent space to operate out of for meetings, rehearsals and costume creation and storage. 

BGB: jazabel jade by Nisha Sondhe
BGB: jazabel jade by Nisha Sondhe

Bring the Goods Home Merchandise! we want folks wearing the BGB sexy after the show! Our audiences need t-shirts, pasties, and more of the hand crafted art that makes burlesque so glamorous! 

BGB Love by Syd London
BGB Love by Syd London

We are humbled by the power of sexuality, storytelling and the beautiful BGB community. We would truly not exist without you. Please help us continue to create shows, classes and reach people, one tassel at a time!  Please take a look at our rewards and help us spread the word.

BGB: sister selva by Nisha Sondhe
BGB: sister selva by Nisha Sondhe

Thank you!!!

We Heart You,

--The BGB Lovelies

MORE ABOUT BGB

BGB stands out by circumventing the classical and new school interpretations of burlesque, blending cultural traditions and personal experiences with pop, politics, and humor in a distinctive artistic aesthetic with strong production values.

Click here to Meet All The BGB Lovelies.

BGB: Miss AuroraBoobRealis by Nisha Sondhe
BGB: Miss AuroraBoobRealis by Nisha Sondhe

The Broad Squad Institute

our teaching wing, has graduated eight cycles of ladies through our Peeling Into Burlesque workshop who found both sparkles and sisterhood through this creative journey. In 2014 we want to blossom this into a deeper exploration of self-expression, image healing and performance. Visit The Broad Squad Institute Page 

BGB: Broad Squad Institute by Margarita Corporan
BGB: Broad Squad Institute by Margarita Corporan

Our participation in the greater burlesque community 

includes producing and performing in Burlesque Hall of Fame Legends Challenge shows. With our colleagues around the world we help fund bringing our living foremothers (performers from the 50’s through 80’s) trips to the famed reunion that is the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, in which we also have performed and competed.

BGB Fundraiser for Jean Idelle
BGB Fundraiser for Jean Idelle

We even get a little shine from the Press: 

Time Out New York, Metro New York, Bust Magazine, The Advocate, and Trace have all features stories on us and/or spread the word about our shows.

Metro NY says BGB is “… shaking not only their bodies, but more importantly, the common understanding of beauty ideals.”

Ebony called BGB the, “daughters-in-dance” of Josephine Baker when they published our Creative Producer Chicava HoneyChild’s innovative research on the history of women of color in burlesque.

Vitamin W said, “The women tell and expose the different stories and identities women of color truly have, busting stereotypes…”

For more press visit our Press Page

STILL WANT MORE?

www.browngirlsburlesque.com

Facebook.com/browngirlsburlesque

@BGBurlesque (twitter/instagram)

email: browngirlsburlesque@gmail.com

Thank you to the fabulous people who helped with this kickstarter page and have archived our work over the years!!!

Video: VladimirUna, and our other video Eric;  Music: Yuri Beats, Rihanna;  Archival Photos and Footage: Jose, Nisha, Syd, Daniel, MargaritaVishnuJoeJessie,  Ed, Stacie, Stas, and so many others.

Brown Girls Burlesque by Nisha Sondha
Brown Girls Burlesque by Nisha Sondha

Risks and challenges

Some of the challenges we face are the many moving parts. We have the concepts for the upcoming year, but not the funds to make it all happen. We don't yet have venues secured for the coming year's season, in order to do so we need money to make down payments for venues etc. We also have not yet booked other cities to perform in. We have not secured guest artists to perform in our shows. We have not secured universities to perform and teach in. Basically our whole upcoming 2014 season is up in the air and in the hands of our beautiful community to support us with funding. We promise to continue providing you all with all we have: the hardwork, sweat, and glitter, that we've given to you over these last 6 years. And will be keeping you in the loop through this journey.

Thank you to our family and friends, audiences near and far, your support has kept us going and will the driving factor that will continue to do so.

THANK YOU ALL, from our fullest hearts.

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    A Good Hard BGB Bump - You get a sexy shout out on our facebook page, updates on our work, and a soft spot in BGB’s heart.

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    The Artists’ Tip Bucket - (Artists Supporting Artists Sliding Scale: $5-$50)!
    We LOVE our Fellow Travelers, the community of artists we create with and share support with. We want everyone to know how great you are! You’ll be thanked on a dedicated BGB webpage with a link and shares on our social media. (Artists MUST include their desired web link.)

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    A Bump & A Grind - A big THANK YOU on our website + A Good Hard BGB Bump.

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    The Shimmy Master - An autographed postcard from The BGB Lovelies + A Bump & A Grind.

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    Throw it Up for BGB – A NYE Eve Blind Pig Benefit!

    The most intimate BGB show of EVER at Nuccome’s Blind Pig. in Brooklyn, NY.
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    Keep BGB Bouncing - An intimate soiree fundraiser to make it rain on the ladies of BGB. Cocktails / Tapas / Private BGB Burlesque Show. Only 20 people can be there...BE one of them. (The party is This coming Thursday Jan 16th, 7-10pm, at lovely location in BK).

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    The Temptress of Tease - You get an exclusive digital photo of your favorite BGB Lovely, an original sensual haiku written by Co-Founder Miss AuroraBoobRealis + The Shimmy Master.

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    Poetic Lovely - An autographed copy of Danny Simmons’ Deep in Your Best Reflection, A sexy little black book full of poems that will get your blood pumping. Carefully constructed poems in 160 characters designed to convey in a tiny space how special your lover is to you. This package also includes an autographed commemorative poster of BGB Show art + The Shimmy Master.

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    No Sex Is Hot Too - (A)Sexual This film directed by Broad Squad Alumni Angela Tucker, follows the growth of a community of people that experience no sexual attraction. In a society obsessed with sex, how do you deal with life as an outsider? This package also includes an autographed commemorative poster of BGB Show art + The Shimmy Master.

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    The Tassel Twirler - Two VIP tickets to a BGB show, plus you’ll take a visit backstage for a photo with The BGB Lovelies (only NYC area as of now) + The Shimmy Master.

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    The she with this will be curling toes and causing heat for sure! Emily Jayne's Head to Toe box includes: Best Selling Curl Butter, Antilles Cimarron Butter, Travel-Size Lemon Balm Butter, Dark Chocolate Peppermint Lip Balm. Yum it out!
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    Pin Up Diva - Bianca Dagga will teach you how to create your fabulous Retro/Pin-up look via Skype tutorial. And yes Glitter Lips too! + The Shimmy Master.

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    Seductress of Sparkle - Do sparkly things get you going? You’re in luck, because our friend and colleague Cheeky Cheetah has some custom made Glorious Pasties just for you! Check out her website www.gloriouspasties.com + The Shimmy Master.

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    Afro Diva - Michael July’s beloved Afros - A Celebration of Natural Hair by Michael July. This dynamic coffee table book captures the essence of the afro or “natural.” Photographed over a 5 year period each subject shares what their natural hair means to them + The Shimmy Master.

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    Sacred Burlesque & Yoga - Do you live in Brooklyn? Do you enjoy moving your body? Well we’ve got the perfect reward for you! Our friends at Sacred Yoga are offering a delicious 10 class card. Sacred is a yoga, movement and meditation studio for grown folks & children + The Shimmy Master.

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    Fold Into It - Experience one of the best private yoga sessions in town with BGB founding member Chia-Ti Chiu of www.onelovewellness.com. Her joy, grace and skill are a gift! (NYC only) + The Shimmy Master.

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    You Love Music!
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    The Booty Queen-
    Take class with the Bubblin’ Brown Sugar of Burlesque - Essence Revealed, her Bootytwerkaerobics is one for the records! Plus she’ll throw a pair of custom made assels by hers truly (NYC only) + The Shimmy Master.

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    It’s Eco-Sexy Time! - BGB alumni MarQuerite Hamden with husband David Gandy are the visionaries behind EcoWrist. Beautiful watches made with universal sustainability in mind. Comprised of woods from pruned or downed trees, tagua nuts, recycled/scrap leather and cañaflecha reeds, each watch is unique. Now that is sexy time! + The Shimmy Master.

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    You’re The Tease! - A 30 minute personal burlesque class via skype with one of the BGB Lovelies. The first five people to donate at this level get an autographed BGB T-shirt! + The Shimmy Master.

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    Sensual Unwind - In need of some relaxation and mind/body connection? Our friend Zahava Griss founder of www.lovemakingdances.com is an Esalen® Bodywork practictioner and is offering a
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    Love Your Body - A 45min acupressure and deep pore cleansing facial + A 45 minutes full body deep tissue aromatherapy massage with Janice Kinzer a healing artist with 25 years of experience in relaxing and rejuvenating bodies (NYC only) + The Shimmy Master.

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    Peeling Into Burlesque Balance!
    Sister IT'S time! No more standing on the wall for you!
    2014 is the year of your personal sexy! Get it started in Peeling Into Burlesque
    You've made your deposit now pledge your balance and invite your select friends to your debut.
    Registration LInk: http://browngirlsburlesque.com/classes/peeling-into-burlesque
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    Digital Dancer - A BGB lovely will create a burlesque piece to the song of your choice and send it to you digitally + The Shimmy Master.

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    Shimmy Sheros - A private Quick Tease class for 5 people. Are you and your friends always talking about wanting to take a burlesque class? Let’s DO THIS Ladies! We’ll send you home tassel twirl and sultry moving! (NYC area only) + The Shimmy Master.

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    Backstage Pass - Always wanted to peek behind the curtain and experience how the magic is created? Join BGB for an open rehearsal plus 4 VIP tickets to the show (only NYC area as of now), plus you’ll take a visit backstage for a photo with The BGB Lovelies + The Shimmy Master.

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    The Mistress of the Reveal - Not only will you receive 2014 VIP season tickets to all our shows, you will also get to get your own burlesque groove on in our Peeling into Burlesque six week workshop (only NYC area as of now) + Backstage Pass.

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    You’re The Impresario! - As a huge supporter of innovative arts if you build it we will come! Throw a party/performance in your town and two or more of the BGB lovelies will make the trip to be your featured performers + Backstage Pass.

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