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Finding righteous currents in turbulent times

Babes of Burlesque: 28


Originally from Alaska, Kalani Kokonuts learned the art of burlesque at the world-famous Palomino Club in Las Vegas, and remains based out of the desert city, currently appearing at the Absinthe. She says her sister gave her the nickname Kalani Kokonuts, and she kept the moniker for lack of having anything better. She’s a consummate professional who creates highly original acts, backed by Taiko drummers or involving flashes of kung-fu fighting. Explaining her approach to the art, she says, “You must get the audience’s attention in less than five seconds. If I haven’t given you goose bumps or had your complete undivided attention, I have failed.”

Kalani at the Majestic in Dallas, Texas, 2011.

A 2012 performance at Tease-O-Rama at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco.

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