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"I first met Shay Au Lait after seeing her electric performance at Ethnographic. She moved effortlessly and seduced the audience. (goosebumps) Follow her, know her, read her blog. She's inspiring!" - Foxy Belle Afriq/Uncle Freak, Producer, Performer and Drag King

Equal parts playfully innocent and dangerously kinky, Shay Au Lait is a provocative, intoxicating Sorcerer hailing from the Windy City. Do not be fooled by her unassuming, 4’10” petite stature. This “Intellectual Sensual Shaman” is a “power-house of authentic presence” and is affectionately called, “The Typhoon of Temptation.” As a pole dance, cabaret and burlesque performer, she combines her love of eroticism, sensuality, emotion, and drama into signature performances that captivate and mesmerize.

With over 20 years of professional experience in theatre, dance and performance, Shay Au Lait set her sights on New York, New York in 2010. After studying under the tutelage of several dynamic east coast and world renown teachers, she exploded onto the New York pole dance scene as a sensual erotic artist in the White Hot Winter Showcase produced by Aerial Amy.

She has since performed for production companies, showcases, festivals, burlesque shows, drag shows, and private & public events nationwide including venues such as The Howard Theatre, House of Blues New Orleans, Union Transfer Philadelphia, Headliners Music Hall, Santos Party House, Madame X, House of Yes and Baltimore Soundstage. Previous professional experiences include being a founding member of the freestyle pole dancing company, Pole Speak, former resident Burlesque Dancer for The Sweet Spot, a Pop Erotica touring burlesque variety show, as well as a commissioned pole aerialist for Humanitarian, Real Estate Developer and CEO Matthew Blesso.

Shay Au Lait is also a burlesque and movement instructor leading classes, workshops, events, and retreats worldwide. She has cultivated a mysterious and forbidden order of society that explores power, pleasure, and play through sensual movement and erotic expression.

With 10 years of pole dance and striptease experience, 8 years of Fetish and BDSM exploration and 20 years of Event and Stage Production, Shay is a powerful and seductive force to be reckoned with. She considers herself a fellow siren of the same bloodline of Dorothy Dandridge, Eartha Kitt, and Pearl Bailey.

Shay has been a member of several dance companies, organizations and production companies:

  • SlutChurch – Sister Troupe Member
  • Touch&Play – Member & Teacher
  • Siren Pack – Troupe Member & Dancer
  • Femme! – Licensed Teacher
  • 100% Queer – Troupe Member & Dancer
  • The Sweet Spot/BurrowsInk – Former Resident Burlesque Dancer & Director of Marketing
  • Pole Speak – Former Founding Company Member & Dancer
  • Pole Dancing Bloggers Association – Former Co-President & Editor in Chief
  • High Heeled Hotties – Founding Member
  • Pole Flight Club – Founding Member, Dancer and Stage Manager

Shay has studied pole and sensual movement at the following dance studios:

  • Sheila Kelley S Factor (New York)
  • Body & Pole (New York)
  • Dancing Shiva, Queer Tantric Monastery (North Carolina) 
  • Incredipole (New York)
  • Movement Lab (Maryland) 
  • The Fit Factory (New York)
  • Pole Dance Factory (Barcelona)

Shay has studied under and/or attended workshops & intensives by:

"The work that you do and your expertise in eroticism is amazing. The art of the sensual, the empowerment of the female sexual mind/condition, the bold, the brash, the feather, the lace, the silhouettes…. you embody it with your perspective and aesthetic. Women would truly rule the world if they ever harnessed a fraction of your energy." - Marc Kelly, Entrepreneur