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Chicago Burlesque: Spotlight on Tito Bonito - Chicago Burlesque Dancer Red Hot Annie Weinert
She really makes the wieners boil!

Red Hot Annie / Ann Marie Weinert
Date: 2011-02-04 09:07
Subject: Chicago Burlesque: Spotlight on Tito Bonito
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There are many different approaches to burlesque within Chicago, ranging from classic "wink & a smile" acts to savage performance art. Although many may argue about what the term "burlesque" means, there's no doubt that when an artist is successful at their art, they have the power to influence the artists around them. When we take responsibility for the quality of the acts we present on stage - regardless of the style - we show that we respect our fellow artists and our audience. In addition to building a sense of community and encouraging a dialogue of honest feedback, I would like to challenge the artists in our community to up their game. To that end, every Friday, I will introduce you to a performer within the Chicago burlesque community that I admire. Enjoy!

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Chicago Burlesque: Spotlight on Tito Bonito
by Red Hot Annie

What I admire about Tito Bonito is his creativity and dance skills. Even though he's only performed a handful of times, he always brings a creative routine with thoughtful execution. He's also an extraordinarily friendly and pleasant guy to be around! Talk about the whole package!

Vital Stats:

Name: Tito Bonito

Height: 5'10"

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Burlesque Specialty: Remix Performer

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Cocktail: Bacardi and Coke with a lime. Oh, so sexy.

Favorite Quote: "Get the point? Good. Let's Dance." - Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation, 1814)

Biggest Crush: Mo'Nique

Pet Peeve: Negativity and impatience

Special Skill: The "Matrix" move (a.k.a. the Havana Banana Bend)

Website: AnthonyCarasa.com

RHA - Where are you from?
Born and raised in Miami, Florida and moved up to Chicago in the fall of 2005.

RHA - When and how did you find out about burlesque?
Through Vaudezilla's very own Jeez Loueez. We met in college and became fast friends. I saw her perform with The Ripettes as my first burlesque show in 2009, I believe it was. Not too long after that she took me to a Stage Door Johnnies show and I was hooked. I knew that I wanted to perform burlesque.

RHA - How would you describe your approach to burlesque?
Unique and comedic, hopefully. Unique because I mix my own performances, so they're exclusives. You basically won't hear these songs I'm performing anywhere but where I am. Comedic because I want to be able to put a smile on people's faces and a good hearty laugh in their bellies. Whether from something funny or just how dope I'm beasting it out on stage. Not to stray away from other styles and genres, but I'm definitely in it for the laughs.

RHA - What's your favorite costume?
The simple but sleek suit and tie ensemble for "V Is For Vogue". It just makes me feel like having sex with myself inside of it.

RHA - Most embarrassing moment on stage?
My first performance I took off one of my shoes and threw it up in the air like I was some suave bastard and it knocked me right on the forehead.

RHA - Who are some of your favorite local performers and why?
Jeez Loueez because of her ability to be diverse and still beast it out every single time. Her performances are always so original and exciting. In another life, she would've gotten me pregnant. And of course, the lovely Red Hot Annie.

RHA - What are your goals in performing?
I would just be happy with being recognized as a notable and great burlesque performer and to be able to perform regularly. Anything else is icing.

RHA - What is "burlesque" to you?
In it's simplest form, the art of teasing. I think of it as many other things but that is definitely the foundation. It's my favorite form of performance art and I love that I am able to be a part of it.

RHA - As a performer, what are some of the biggest challenges you face?
Never repeating myself.

RHA - What are some of your hobbies outside of burlesque?
I host an internet webshow along with Jeez Loueez on Ustream called "The 8th Degree." We're in it to save lives. I'm also heavy on in-door lip-synching and skydiving.

RHA - How would you describe your family's reaction to your performing?
They were pretty good about it. At the end of it they've always been supportive of me. I love them with all of my heart and I'm 100% sure the feeling is mutual.

RHA - Where's the best place for fans to find out more about you?
www.The8thDegree.com - it'll get you everywhere else you need to go to find out about me.

Photo Credits
Albert Manduca, Kriss Abigail Paredes, Solo Picture Studios

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