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 Champagne Sparkles
What is your hometown?
I am a BC girl - born in Vancouver, grew up in Winfield and am now a west coast kitten in Victoria!
How long have you been interested in burlesque/performing?
I am a long-time producer of various types of shows (bands and DJs) but never thought of myself as a performer. My interest in burlesque began in the late 90s but it took a while to make it to the stage - I've been performing for almost 3 years.
How many pairs of pasties do you own?
Hmmmm... I've lost count, probably 30 or so.
What are your three favorite songs to perform to?
Mahna Mahna - The Muppets
Coax Me A Little Bit (Remixed) - Lena Horne
Shiny Disco Balls - Who Da Funk Featuring Jessica Eve
What three items could you not live without as a performer?
Glitter, rhinestones and more glitter
Who had the biggest influence on your career?
Miss Indigo Blue has provided invaluable education and feedback, the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue ladies are a dream to work with (so may heads to brainstorm) and a wonderful sisterhood, Mr Black is burlesque mastermind and the most supportive husband a girl could have!
Who is your favorite burly queen?
Catherine D'Lish, seeing her perform at the Commodore in Vancouver is what hooked me.
What is your favorite item of clothing?
My silver platform dance shoes I covered with Swarovski crystals for my wedding. So sparkly!
What's the last movie you saw?
What's on your must-see-TV list?
I don't have cable, but I have been enjoying DVDs of Flight of the Concords.
What book is on your nightstand?
A Time Traveler's Wife
If you could go anywhere for vacation, where would you go?
'Round the world - overflowing trunk in tow, champagne glass in hand!
If you could have any superpower, which one would you want? Why?
Teleportation - just think of how much more time you'd have if you didn't have to travel.
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