Angie Pontani

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Angie Pontani
Miss Cyclone–Angie Pontani at Coney Island–2009-02 (crop).jpg
Angie Pontani at the Cyclone's 82 birthday celebration in 2009
Born Trenton, New Jersey
Occupation Burlesque dancer, choreographer, producer, and costumer
Website
http://www.angiepontani.com

Angie Pontani is a contemporary burlesque dancer, choreographer, producer, and costumer based in Brooklyn, NY. She was crowned Miss Exotic World in 2008.

Biography[edit]

Andrea Louisa Pontani is originally from Trenton, New Jersey. In the mid-1990s she began her career as a teenager in New York dancing in the Dutch Weismann Follies at age 17.[1] After the close of Dutch Weismanns, Angie went on to launch The World Famous Pontani Sisters, who performed regularly at Marion's Continental and Windows On the World in the World Trade Center. In 2006, Angie started to focus on her solo performances.[2]

Pontani was the co-producer and star of "This Is Burlesque" at the now-defunct Corio Supper Club.[3] She performs around the world solo and with the Pontani Sisters, and was a creator of the DVD series, "Go-Go Robics" and "Go-Go Dance with Angie Pontani" produced by World Dance New York. Angie produces and stars in the Burlesque-A-Pades touring production and is the co-producer of the New York Burlesque Festival, an event that happens annually and brings together hundreds of burlesque performers from around the world for 4 nights of performance in NYC. Angie has modeled for several designers, including Mode Merr Clothing as well as Dirty Dolls Lingerie and has shot with renowned photographers like Ellen Von Unwerth, Josh Gosfield and Brian Smith. Pontani hosts "The Pontani Pages", a monthly talk show format podcast produced by JL Aronson in NYC.

Angie was crowned Miss Cyclone in 2007 in honor of the historic roller coaster The Coney Island Cyclone. As a Coney Island resident, she has been very active in the fight to save the from rezoning that would jeopardize the amusement district. Angie was crowned "The Reigning Queen of Burlesque, the winner of the Miss Exotic World Pageant in 2008" at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Reunion at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.[4] Other awards include,"The Best Body in Burlesque"-2007 New York Burlesque Festival, "#1 Burlesque Attraction in the Nation"-AOL.com, "Best NY Based Dance Company"= Show Business Weekly, "Hottest Burlesque Troupe" - Village Voice.

On February 16, 2013, Angie Pontani married Band leader, trumpet player and vocalist Brian Newman in Brooklyn, New York.

The Pontani Sisters[edit]

The World Famous Pontani Sisters are a highly stylized and costumed dance trio that helped to pioneer the burlesque revival.[5] They began performing on the boardwalk in Coney Island and went on to international tours both alone as well as with the band Los Straitjackets.[6] Angie choreographed, costumed, and booked most of the troupe’s performances, including tours, Las Vegas runs and appearances on national television programs like Late Night with Conan O'Brien as well as Gossip Girl. The Pontani Sisters have released 3 DVD's that teach 1960s Go Go dancing, Go-Go Robics I & II and Twist Party, with the surf band, Los Straitjackets.

Television, film and radio appearances[edit]

Year Appearance Role Notes
2004 Showy and 5 Foor 2: The World Famous Pontani Sisters Herself
2006 Queer Eye For the Straight Guy Herself "Surprise Our Stud with Stag Party: Ryan M" Episode
2006 The World Famous Pontani Sisters Herself http://www.micropunta.it/
2008 Gossip Girl Burlesque Dancer http://www.alarmpress.com/1656/columns/weekly-burlesque-gossip-girl/
2008 The Poor Man's Follies Herself http://www.micropunta.it/
2008 Time Magazine: "The 2008 Burlesque Festival" Herself http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1485842900/bctid1812186022
2009 Michael Imperioli's "The Hungry Ghost" Appears painted gold. http://www.thehungryghostsmovie.com/
2010 Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque Herself
2010 The 50 Cent Project MTV, USA
2010 Burlesque Mania Sky TV, ITALY
Nightline TV3, NEW ZEALAND
Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Good Morning America
The Today Show
The List
Start Ups
The Wise Guy Show
A Day in the Life NPR
The Stretch Show
2013 Driving Jersey NJTV, USA

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The New York School of Burlesque Presents:". Schoolofburlesque.com. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  2. ^ "Angie Pontani and The Pontani Sisters". Metromix. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Angie Pontani". Angie Pontani. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  4. ^ Del Signore, John (2008/08/28). "Angie Pontani, Reigning Queen of Burlesque". Gothamist.com http://gothamist.com/2008/08/28/angie_pontani_reigning_queen_of_bur.php
  5. ^ Stephanie Simon (2008-12-01). "The Pontani Sisters Bring Burlesque Back". NY1. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  6. ^ David Toth (2006-10-24). "Los Straitjackets With the World Famous Pontani Sisters & Kaiser George". NY1. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 

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