Angie Pontani

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Angie Pontani
Miss Cyclone–Angie Pontani at Coney Island–2009-02 (crop).jpg
Pontani at the Coney Island Cyclone's 82nd birthday celebration in 2009
OccupationBurlesque dancer, choreographer, producer, and costumer
Spouse(s)Brian Newman

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


Andrea Louisa Pontani is originally from Trenton, New Jersey. In the mid-1990s she began her career in New York City 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 four nights of performance. 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. In 2015, she was featured in a photo shoot for CR Fashion Book nude at seven-months pregnant, alongside Lady Gaga shot by Bruce Weber.

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 them 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" -, "Best NY Based Dance Company" - Show Business, "Hottest Burlesque Troupe" - Village Voice. She was recently featured on the PBS Great Performances series with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett for their release of Cheek to Cheek and has collaborated with retailer Secrets in Lace to release a collection of vintage inspired dresses.

On February 16, 2013, Angie Pontani married band leader, trumpet player and vocalist Brian Newman in Brooklyn, New York. They have one child together, a daughter Sistilia Josephine Pontani Newman, born on September 9, 2015.

In January 2017, Angie started a blog which features family recipes and Italian inspired dishes, some of which were featured in Rachael Ray's magazine's "How To Live Like an Italian" issue.

Angie Pontani appeared in the documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, at the time of the baptism of her daughter, in which Lady Gaga was chosen to be the godmother.

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 three DVDs 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
2008 Gossip Girl Burlesque dancer
2008 The Poor Man's Follies Herself
2008 Time "The 2008 Burlesque Festival" Herself [7][failed verification]
2009 Michael Imperioli's The Hungry Ghosts Appears painted gold
2010 Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque Herself
2010 The 50 Cent Project Herself MTV, US
2010 Burlesque Mania Herself Sky TV, Italy
Nightline TV3, New Zealand
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Herself
Good Morning America Herself
The Today Show Herself
The List Herself
Start Ups Herself
The Wise Guy Show Herself
A Day in the Life Herself NPR
The Stretch Show Herself Maxim Radio
2013 Driving Jersey Herself NJTV, US
2014 Cheek to Cheek with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Herself PBS, US


  1. ^ "The New York School of Burlesque Presents". New York School of Burlesque. 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 (August 28, 2008). "Angie Pontani, Reigning Queen of Burlesque". Gothamist. Archived from the original on 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  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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