In today’s blog we meet the intriguing Yippee Ikay who is bringing a little special something to our Luscious Cabaret on Friday. She’ll be shaking her Jolly Hockeysticks for us, and you can read a little bit more about her in preparation for the show.
Why did you start performing?
I come from a baton twirling background, at competitions/training the average age is about 9 years old! being surrounded by ‘little girls’ made me feel really old. I wanted to keep dancing, so I decided to do some dance with ‘Bigger girls’
Do you remember your first time on stage? How did that go?
My first real burlesque show was a competition in Birmingham, I was so nervous. I had no support other than my husband as I wanted to see whether I could perform without my burlesque friends being present. I won!! I am so thankful for that show providing me with a chance to perform.
Of all of your acts, which is your favourite to perform?
Jolly Hockeysticks is great to perform as it has a strong, feisty character, however, Get lost has recently had some amazing reactions from the audience as it suddenly dawns on them why I am dressed the way I am!
What is your biggest asset and your biggest flaw as a performer?
My twirling skills are a bit of a novelty for audiences. My biggest flaws, nerves and self doubt
What do you think is people’s first impression of you?
Quiet and helpful, the sewing kit I travel with has come in very handy!
What’s your favourite thing about cabaret?
I get to meet such a diverse group of talented people. In my regular day to day job I would never get the opportunity to meet these people!
We’ve all had those days when we feel like doing nothing. What motivates you to be productive on a daily basis?
I have a number of craft jobs/ideas on the go at the same time. I find I switch from one to the next when I need a change. Hearing that other people are working hard motivates me ‘to get a wiggle on’
What’s your next challenge in life or in performing?
There’s a new routine in the pipeline which I am really excited about creating. I’m learning to use a sewing machine!! I want to learn some new skills, using silk fans, different types of dance.
You can see the charming Yippee Ikay at Luscious Cabaret at The Albany on Friday 5th May.