Ms. Chantal, who will be performing Sunday night at Cliff Bell's as part of Lily Larue's Garden show, says she dances with swords, snakes, veils, and other people, too "I also perform aerial with lyra, trapeze, and circus rings. I just started to hula hoop thanks to the inspiration from my wonderful Detroit Fire Guild ladies."
When not dancing on stage, she dances around town at places around the Ferndale/Royal Oak area: "I love salsa dancing at Sangria, love Club 9, Sakana and Como's gets me everytime... I have a dangerous relationship with all the little shops and boutiques."
When not having fun on stage, she has spending time with her son, playing with her snake Osun and enjoys traveling as much as possible. She'll also grill out back and drink sangria with her favorite ladies... "Lying to strangers is always fun (until you have to see them again) oh! and I love to randomly shout out offensive song lyrics and movie lines (offensive is the key word!)."
Ms. Chantal says her favorite "show would have to be the Motor City Vaudeville Revue because it was the first time I had ever done an actual production like that and it forced me to work with other people and learn things that I don't really care for -- like choreography.
"I normally work alone and everything I do is created on the spot so working with that show really pulled me out of my element. It also gave me a chance to get closer to my Detroit Fire Guild family, people that I have worked with for a while, but never really 'knew' until we were up and 1 a.m. and beyond trying to get que's right. A lot of personalities came out in that show and I'm glad I was part of it.
"My favorite experience was working with DVS at the Damned Show a couple years ago. I was asked to do a mud/ash performance and I was totally excited until the mud started going on me. I was freezing cold, with about 4 people slathering cold mud on me! Oh and did I mention I was naked?
"The whole 4 people and naked thing wasn't so bad, but it took a lot of strength to walk on the stage naked and covered in mud from head to toe. It turned out to be one of the most memorable acts of the event, and I still get compliments to this day about the performance. With Dixon playing violin swoon and me executing a full split that was actually a result of me slipping on the mud how could it not be a favorite!?!"
For Lily's show Sunday, Ms. Chantal says she is "looking forward to again performing in Cliff Bell's because I LOVE the venue it's like a trip back in time ... and to be ale to work with an array of wonderful ladies. Beautiful women bending, shaking, twirling, and elegantly taking their clothes off. I think everyone is looking forward to this show!
On deck? "I am currently teaching dance and aerial from my home. I will also be teaching an aerial hoop class starting July 31st at Affirmations in Ferndale. As far as performing, I go where I am called, Land of Nod, Damned Show, fashion shows, backyard parties (my fave), and BEYOND!"