Shay Au Lait Burlesque Bio -

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.” 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 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 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 traveling to 35+ cities quarterly, as well as a commission 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 for wicked and wayward souls looking to fully integrate their innocence and their darkness. She has cultivated a mysterious and forbidden order of society that explores power, pleasure, and play.

With 9 years of pole dance and striptease experience, 7 years of Fetish and BDSM exploration and 18 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.

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Troupes and Memberships

Troupes and Memberships

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

Touch&Play – Member & Teacher

Siren Pack – Troupe Member & Dancer

Femme! – Licensed Femme Teacher, Member of the Femme! Attuned

100% Queer – Troupe Member & Dancer

The Sweet Spot/BurrowsInk – Former Resident Burlesque Dancer & Director of Marketing

Pole Speak – Former Company Member & Dancer

Pole Dancing Bloggers Association – Former Co-President & Editor in Chief

High Heeled Hotties – Former Member

Pole Flight Club – Former Member, Dancer and Stage Manager

Dance Studios

Dance Studios

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

Sheila Kelley S Factor, NY

Body & Pole, NY

Dancing Shiva (Tantra Monastery), NC

Incredipole, NY

Movement Lab, MD

The Fit Factory, NY

Pole Dance Factory, Barcelona

Teachers and Mentors

Teachers and Mentors

Shay has studied under and/or attended workshops, intensives & immersions given by renowned artists such as:

Aerial Amy – Pole Dance Instructor

Annemarie Davies – Queen of Sexy

 Bentley Rebel – Creator of Flowology

Bernadette Pleasant – Creator of Femme!

Carmine Black – Queen of Low Flow

Christopher MankowskiTeacher of Body Ritual Movement & Butoh

Doris Arnold – Founder/Director of Le Studio Françoise

Perle NoireBlack Burlesque Queen

Tracee Kafer – Creator of Finding Your Freestyle

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