In our ongoing Q&A series --"The Candy Gram"-- we ask the same quirky questions of burlesque's various performers. If you want to be added to the mix, drop us a line at kellydinardo AT gmail DOT com. Today, say hello to Sahara Dunes.
What is your hometown?
Portland, Oregon by way of Kingstown, St. Vincent, West Indies
How long have you been interested in burlesque/performing?
I have always been somewhat of a performer. Whether it was on the sands of the West Indies or under our awning on our porch or in the club on stage, I was always trying some kind of new dance or come up with new moves. I starting performing burlesque in 2004, shortly after my son was born. However, motherhood took precedence to burlesque until 2006. That was when I had the opportunity to start performing more and more local and regional gigs.
How many pairs of pasties do you own?
Oh my. I'd have to say about 20 pair.
What three items could you not live without as a performer?
Fishnets, body/face/hair glitter, and baby wipes.
Who had the biggest influence on your career?
Non-performer, I'd say that has been my friends and family. They have given me lots of support and help in my burlesque career. Encouragement from them has helped greatly. As far as performers go, I'd have to Miss Indigo Blue. She really takes the time to share her knowledge with you and makes the effort to help performers coming up behind her.
Who is your favorite burly queen?
I'd have to say Dirty Martini. She's such an inspiration.
What is your favorite item of clothing?
My black cowgirl boots.
What's the last movie you saw?
What's on your must-see-TV list?
Well, I don't have a TV so that's hard. But when I did have one CSI and WWE were definitely programmed in my TV.
What book is on your nightstand?
The Ethical Slut and The Dummy's Guide to HTML.
If you could go anywhere for vacation, where would you go?
On a cruise to the Greek Isles.
If you could have any superpower, which one would you want? Why?
I would want to be able to change into any form or object at any point and time. Think about all those things you could do if you were able to twist, bend, shrink, flatten.
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