The ND at 501 Studios— drenched in a warm 1940’s brass, smelling of sweet martinis and blanketed by the hazy fog of sweet cigarettes– certainly set up the well-dressed and classy audience for an amorous love affair with eight burlesque beauties.
Introduced by Jason “Java” Croft, the publisher for Bachelor Pad Magazine, the timeless darlings of The Jigglewatts Troupe skillfully sang, danced, and teased their way into the hearts of the audience. Though dancing on an empty stage with a simple, black curtain, the burlesque dancers still managed to captivate the attention of every beating heart in the venue.
The first performance featured The Jigglewatts founders, Coco Lectric and Ruby Joule, in a holiday number with a Hawaiian spin. Teasing with golden tinsel garland skirts hanging at their hips, they swayed to the joyous beats of Christmas cheer. Coco and Ruby warmed the stage for the rest of the troupe and tossed pieces of their costume to the whistling and interactive spectators.
Next, Java introduced the newest members to the burlesque crew. “The Beacon of the Night”, Jolie Goodnight was featured in a classic fan performance. Hypnotizing the crowd with two large, black, feathered fans, Jolie sang, “My Daddy Rocks Me”, with a powerful, sultry voice that dripped from her mouth like sweet molasses. Following Jolie Goodnight was the fresh, porcelain doll, Pearl Lux. Shyly ballet dancing onto the stage to Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite”, she teased her way into a jazzy, quick-paced routine.
Afterwards, the graceful Ruby Joule came back on stage and elegantly performed in white attire and a feathered head-piece with luring and captivating energy. She is a woman to watch keenly; her thoughtful motions and cute expressions left the engaged admirers howling for more.
The steamy night continued with a few women well-known in the burlesque arena. The talented Mimi First, from Michelle L’Amour’s Chicago Starlets, appearing dark-haired and red-lipped showcased her burlesque skills to “Spoonful” by Etta James. Coco Lectric then claimed the stage as she seduced with a few bumps and grinds against a couch, singing “Sooner or Later” in beautiful, sequined, maroon lingerie. Next was Cardinal Cyn, a fiery redhead with matching fans, frantically shaking her body with rapid movements to “Fever”.
Towards the end of the evening, Java introduced the enchanting and curvy Ginger Valentine. She fiercely enamored the house with abundant energy, adorable pouts, heart-melting winks, smoldering eye contact, and captivating hips that beat to the jazzy rhythm in beautiful, black and gold attire. Her curvaceous body hit perfectly with syncopated rhythms and proved that confidence is key to every success seductress.
The Jigglewatts Troupe then performed a classic dance with overflowing petticoats and snug corsets. The duet, Coco Lectric and Jolie Goodnight, sang to “Bring on the men”, as the rest of the beautiful women laughed, smiled and winked as they seduced the audience from the stage. Wrapping up the evening was the tasteful Mimi First, with warm eyes, a scrunched button nose, a couple of winks and her art with large fans.
Despite a few technological and audio issues, the charming women from The Jigglewatts Troupe had a paramount burlesque show.
(The Jigglewatts Burlesque Holiday Show took place on December 2, 2010)