Call Me Stormy

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Babes of Burlesque: 33

KRISTINA NEKYIA

This California siren wears many hats, and also knows how to remove them,  as a burlesque queen who doubles as a fire eater, circus contortionist, belly dancer,  pin-up nymph and all-around showgrrrl. She takes her performance art so seriously that she traveled to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to study with the Mongolian National Circus. She’s now reaping the rewards for all that effort, appearing on stage with the likes of George Clinton and Lady Gaga. In 2010, Nekyia, aka Kristina Canizares, was first runner-up for the title of Queen of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame competition in Las Vegas.

Here’s an example of her exotic, hybrid performance style — her appearance nearly a year ago on Feb. 3, 2012 at the 3rd annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival.

Her fire-eating and contortionist skills are more on display in her demo reel “Dance Contortion Fire.”

Visit her website at http://www.nekyiadance.com/

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