Like Dislike with Miss Joule of Tilted Torch

What's a Valentine's Day without burlesque fire dancing? Not a holiday we want to be a part of.

Thankfully, D.C.-based Tilted Torch's Tassels and Champagne show fills the sexy/dangerous quotient of a day mostly about ooey-gooey love. The show at the Creative Alliance (8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10 p.m. Friday; $15-$20;, will feature belly dancing, boylesque, and "blazing poi spinning" by co-founder Malibu, as well as burlesque and fire dancing by Miss Joule. Joule, 35, a chemist who lives in Silver Spring, said the show combines her and Malibu's "love of fire, performance art, over-the-top spectacles, circus and tiny top hats."

And we have Baltimore to thank for Joule's adventurous burlesque. She got involved in the art after taking Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey's Burlesque Bootcamp in town. "All of our performers are masters of their art," she said. "This show brings sass, class and brass to Baltimore." Miss Joule took a break from artfully playing with fire to talk to us about burlesque trends, embarrassing stage moments and more.

Worst pet peeve? Costumes with no sparkle! Bedazzle that s---!

What song are you hating/loving right now? Two songs keep playing through: "Love Rollercoaster" and "Can't Buy Me Love." Come to Tassels and Champagne to find out why.

Last concert/gig you went to? GiGi Holliday's Zou Zou Revue at the Black Cat in D.C.

Your worst habit? Buying so many things. Eventually I'll find an act/routine for it, right?

Most thrilling aspect of performing with Tilted Torch? The performers! The audience! The danger! Can't pick just one!

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Hammer pants.

Last movie you liked/disliked? Two thumbs up for "Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival."

Most interesting trend in burlesque? EVERYONE seems to be going on tour. Malibu and I decided to buck the trend and focus on quality shows for our home audience instead.

TV show you can't get enough of? "Mad Men."

What makes Tassels and Champagne a good Valentine's Day option? Live music, belly dance, burlesque, fire. Need we say more?

Last great meal you had? Cuba de Ayer in Burtonsville. Cuban perfection!

Favorite and most loathed fashion statements? Favorite is hats. Check out our own hand-crafted Tilted Tops at Tassels and Champagne.

Most embarrassing thing to happen to you on stage? I have an act where I get inside a large balloon that inflates to over 7 feet in diameter. On one occasion I wasn't able to get into the balloon. *cue sad trombone* I had to continue the act without the main spectacle! Tough, but I pulled it off.

Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore? Annabel Lee Tavern after the show!

Best advice you ever got? Know the history of your art. You probably aren't the first to come up with an idea, so make it your own.

Favorite thing about Baltimore? The arts scene! So many cool and interesting things going on.


Also see: Burlesque in Baltimore [Pictures]

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