The second edition of the Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers will be available soon from Dark Oak Press and all major distributors. New cover design by Kevin “Fritz” Fotovich. Interior features a revised map of Faltyr by Maria Gandolfo.
For my first Cherry Sparkle Burlesque interview for the Spring of 2015, it’s appropriate that I welcome the vibrant, vivacious Daisy Foxx, a delectable young lady with a heart full of song and a spring in her step. She’s the original hooper for the CSBC and fast becoming a good friend, especially after offering to bake me cupcakes following my back surgery. Thanks, Daisy. Happy to have you here on the blog today. Let’s jump right in, shall we?
J: When you joined the company, why did you choose to be known as Daisy Foxxx? What does that persona mean to you?
D: Well, I’m sweet like a daisy but also foxy.
J: Have to agree there. Definitely as sweet as a daisy. And the foxy part goes without saying.
J: What prompted you to join Cherry Sparkle? And how long have you been a member?
D: I saw a post about it on facebook. I’ve been looking for a group like this for awhile. When you live in a small town full of people who don’t really get art and freedom of expression, it’s a bit tough. I love my group. I joined in August 2014.
J: Ah, the glories of Facebook. Happy that you found a match with Cherry Sparkle. They are some wonderful people. And very accepting. This area can be very draining for all creative types, but I hope that our influences can open people up to new experiences and forms of entertainment.
J: Do you have a background in dance, theater, or performance art?
D: I do have a little bit of a background. I used to do chorus and drama in my church…till I was in high school. I have always been interested in dance; I think it’s so beautiful how our bodies can move and be used to create and express ourselves.
J: Well, in your case, Daisy, it’s a beautiful expression. For me, it’s more like a spastic rhino on the dance floor, so I’ll leave it to the professionals like you. 🙂
J: What about other creative interests or hobbies?
D: I do photography on the side. I really do enjoy taking photos. You capture a moment that you can only go back to by looking at the photo itself.
J: You’re certainly in good company if you want to develop those skills. Joel did amazing work on the Cherry Sparkle calendar, and I know several of the dolls are photography hobbyists too.
J: Could you tell us about your role in the company and your performance style?
D: I like to look sweet and innocent, but draw you in with my magical hoop and sexy ways.
J: Miss Daisy, you manage that with little more than a smile and a few kind words. The hoop is just icing on the cake.
J: How did your hula hoop come by its name? And how long have you been performing together?
D: I used to hula hoop when I was a child. My school held a talent show and that was my first performance with a hula hoop. I did the cha-cha slide while hooping. It’s a connection, you just simply go with the flow and enjoy the movement.
J: Again, I guess this comes down to you being naturally fluid, flexible, and fantastically creative. With the addition of a second hooper to the company, I hope to see more complex routines from you and her in the future too.
J: Given complete creative control and few limitations on budget, what song would you perform to onstage and what would you wear for this performance of a lifetime?
D: Gosh that’s a hard one. Hmm…let’s see…probably Lana Del Rey. She’s inspirational to me. I would probably also use a LED hoop. It lights up with different patterns pretty sick.
J: Sounds pretty trippy. And reminds me of your psychedelic photo in the new Cherry Sparkle calendar. I’d share it here but would rather people go out and buy their own copy.
J: What’s your favorite part of a burlesque show? What’s your least favorite part of performing?
D: Honestly, everything. When we all get ready together and set up [for the show]. Tell each other how we all look great; we are really like a team. Yet all of us are all unique in our own way. Then the butterflies set in, but it’s so rewarding afterwards. It’s a wonderful feeling almost like a high. It feels good doing something you enjoy.
J: Performance art at its best. Sounds like group synergy at its best too, when the group become family.
Thanks again for agreeing to this interview, Daisy. Great hearing back from you about your life and times with the Cherry Sparkle Burlesque Company. Come check out her and the other dolls and guys of Cherry Sparkle at their next show at Caldwell Tavern (formerly the Crimson Tiger) in Anniston, Alabama on the 4th of April 2015.
Stay tuned for more upcoming interviews with authors, artists, dancers, and more. It’s bound to be a busy year.