The founders of Beach Bum Burlesque have changed the name and upped their game! 
Bright Waters Burlesque aims to bring back the essence of American burlesque by returning to the genre’s theatrical roots and honoring the aesthetic style of 1920’s and 30s performance art while creating a thoroughly “Rockaway” experience. The name  Bright Waters comes from the roots of “Rockaway” which translates from the original Mohegan as “place of waters bright.” Our show includes costumes and acts inspired by the heyday of boardwalk glam, events crafted around monthly themes, and a performance lineup featuring every consistent unique aspects: Each performance opens with a theatrical immersive act to create audience engagement, an act based on some aspect of Rockaway Beach culture and/or history, and a final act re creating a classic burlesque performance in every possible detail. Bright Waters Burlesque aims to showcase both seasoned New York burlesque performers as well as promising new artists. Bright Waters Burlesque will strive to include local performers and artists when possible. 

TO: NYC’s Beautiful Burlesque and Creative Community
FROM: Claire Van Winkle 

I (along with Max Power) would like to invite you to be part of Bright Waters Burlesque!

Bright Waters Burlesque aims to bring back the sensuous strength of our genre by celebrating its origins. Our shows differ from other burlesque outfits in both concept and execution; we aim to put performers’ diverse acts in context by casting each event according to a cohesive theme, and assisting our performers in developing visual and musical touches that throw back to vintage 1920s, 30s, and 40s burlesque. Moreover, Bright Waters events are more than shows; the burlesque feature is part of an evening that begins as a dinner show and involves live music and dancing. Our debut extravaganza, Swan Beach, is scheduled for January 15th at 7pm. Swan Beach will be a tribute to Sally Rand. In keeping with this theme, we are especially interested in acts that feature fan dances, feathery flairs, and beautiful bubbles!

We are pleased to announce that we have secured a stage at The Rockaway Hotel’s main ballroom. We are using the space as a time capsule to recreate a turn-of-the-Century fancy dress affair. 

Bright Waters Burlesque aims to showcase both established and emerging burlesque talent. If you have an act that you feel may fit our theme or aesthetic, or if you have questions, please contact us with a description and/or video sample. If you are still crafting and/or want to try something new, don’t be shy! Bright Waters Burlesque is dedicated to collaboration. I (Claire) am a choreographer and artist with friends in costume design. I am ready to work with anyone who desires tailor acts to meet our monthly theme.

Whether or not you are free for the January event, we would love to include you in our production newsletter (NOT a marketing list). This list is for performers, musicians, costume designers, or others who want to stay up to date on our future production needs. 

Please email: Subject: Performers/Collaborators 

We look forward to working with you!

— Claire Van Winkle and Max Power