A Bit of her-story
The Lady B is Seattle’s Première TransFabulous, Femtastic, Draglesquing, Sass-Mouthing Negro. She is a visceral story-teller, performance artist, community organizer, activist, twerk facilitator, and a Middlebury College graduate. She investigates how politics are projected onto and performed through the physical body through the lenses of race, sexuality, orientation, gender, and ability – responding through the performance mediums of burlesque, original choreography, Drag, and the spoken word.
The Lady began her dance training (twerking, krumping, and winding) on the inner-city streets corners and basement parties of Cleveland, Ohio. Coupling these physical dialects with the New Age Buddhist practice of movement as meditation (Sacred Arts Holistic Center), she pursued the study of modern dance and political science at Middlebury College (Class of 2013). Combining rigorous academic discipline with best practices of community development, she creates healing environments on and off stage for victims of oppression – marginalized and historically underprivileged identity groups. In this work, The Lady also invites people who identify with historically privileged groups to also contextualize themselves in order to make informed decisions about how they wish to engage with community and the larger political society.
She serves on the Board of Directors for Ingersoll Gender Center which provides trainings concerning and peer support group facilitation for trans and gender-variant people. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Lily Divine Productions, a non-profit production company serving the queer community through event production, grant funding, mentorship and artist development. The Lady is a member of the Maison de la Bête (community engagement- centered Drag House), an active member of the Seattle Burlesque community, an independent event producer and hostess, movement teacher, and public speaker (TEDx Middlebury- Voice and Vulnerability: Healing the Scars of My Political Body).
In dedication to honoring intersectional identities as a social scientist, trans (cendant) person, and feminist, The Lady is dedicated to the healing force of the creative process, intentionally dismantling structures of systematic oppression, and being open to curiosity. The ultimate goals of her work are to engage, to connect, and to empower.