Oklahoma Pole and Burlesque Expo
7 p.m., Friday February 21
Oklahoma Pole and Burlesque Expo, also known as OKPABEXPO, will be providing a plethora of local and national entertainment February 21-22, 2014 at Lyric’s Plaza Theater. The event’s mission is to both celebrate and create awareness for local performance groups and businesses in the professional entertainment industry. By growing a community of movement art enthusiasts, event organizers hope to one day see Oklahoma as a more welcoming home for artists who wish to stay here as professional performers.
Guests attending the expo will enter the theater and meet a six foot tall martini glass face to stem: Several vendors and a bar will line the hallway leading into the theater. Each night of the expo will be uniquely special and the best way to take it all in is with a two day event ticket. On Friday, guests will have the opportunity to take in the new hot dance crazes that flood the national media- yet are still a rare sight in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma Pole Championships will take place with titles given to the winners. There are several competitive divisions, including Women’s, Master’s, and Men’s. The night’s female headliner is RacheleRibera, an instructor at Teaze Dance and Fitness. Rachele travels the country entertaining in shows and competitions, and will soon be competing in The Pole Championship Series, one of the few national level events of its kind. David Owen, a celebrated pole performer and contortionist will also be headlining.
The final headliners for Friday are Duo Ronin, two hand to hand acrobats who currently live in Las Vegas.
They have individually worked for Cirque Du Soleil, Jubilee, and Royal Caribbean Entertainment. The events are rounded out by a fashion show with models and clothing provided by The Edge Clothing and Jewelry as well as body painted Models by Bryan Crump. Several pole studios are sending their staff and students from Tulsa, including Studio 7 and the Giggly Room.
Saturday’s events will celebrate the nostalgia of swing and jazz music, accompanied by statuesque feathered femmes and chorines. Some of the performances are reminiscent of eras gone by and others are more contemporary. The Storyville Scoundrels swing band will keep guests grooving all night. The Saturday show is similar to what you would see in a large city dating back to the big band era. Burlesque dancers will be teasing while the band plays to perfectly compliment every move. The Oklahoma Showgirls will dazzle with over 500 ostrich feathers on stage at one time. It’s truly Las Vegas
style entertainment- in a local Oklahoma City neighborhood where you might even see your neighbor on stage!
The big events Saturday evening are the Oklahoma Queen of Burlesque Competition and the Miss Pin-Up Oklahoma Pageant. Entertainers will be competing for titles from TNT Burlesque, The Dust Bowl Dolls, and Bang Bang Variety Show. Vanity Halston, Cassidy Queerface, and Travis Nance are set to emcee; each was selected from each of the performance troupes because of their unique style and flair. Tonia Sina, an acting professor and playwrite is the assistant director for the event. The director and producer is Lynn Crowe, owner of Teaze Dance & Fitness.
“Teaze is celebrating five years in business this spring, and this event kicks off that celebration.” Crowe said. “The studio offers two performance groups, the Oklahoma Showgirls and the Teaze Pole Team. The Oklahoma Showgirls have enjoyed great success in our state, entertaining at hundreds of events including more than twenty of our local casinos.” Crowe has worked tirelessly over the years to create a niche for adult dancers, helping them obtain jobs as entertainers where there previously were no options.
“Most Oklahomans still associate pole dance with a negative stigma,” Crowe added. “People are beginning to view this art form with both respect and amazement. It is slowly gaining notoriety for its beauty and acrobatics. Now that pole dancing and aerial silks were one of the most talked about part ofthe Grammy Awards, it is just a matter of time before our art form becomes more recognized locally,” Crowe added. “Many people in Oklahoma City do not realize the diverse and impressive entertainment that is available to them here; OKPAB EXPO aims to expose our industry to the public on a grand scale.
Lobby doors open at 7PM for a cocktail party and to browse the vendors. The show starts at 8PM each
evening, and the after party is at Grandads on N.W. 23rd both shows. Tickets are available at www.ticketstorm.com . Donations will be accepted at the event on behalf of the YWCA.
Where: Lyric Theatre
Address: 1727 N.W. 16th