By AMANDA LLEWELLYN
VIEW STAFF WRITER
performer Cha Cha Velour considers herself an ambassador of all things
pleasureful and debaucherous. Tightly clutching an all-tease, no-sleaze
attitude as though it were a shiny, new designer handbag, the longtime
Las Vegas resident said her goal is to herald the promise and splendor
of artistic expression to the masses while gaining some notoriety as a
that notoriety that led Velour to pursue rights to host the infamous
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, which began in New York in 2005 and is
now known internationally.
class features games, prizes and a burlesque or performance art model,
who performs and then poses for photographers, artists and barflies
during a three-hour drawing session.
cardiology nurse by day and renegade tattooed striptease artist by
night, Velour said she understands the plight of Clark Kent, Superman's
Sketchy's, which meets from 7 to 10 p.m. the third Tuesday of each
month, has been going for nearly two years but recently gained a new
home in the form of the trendy, downtown karaoke hotspot Dino's Lounge,
1516 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
Aruba for the longest time, but late last year this opportunity
presented itself and I had to jump at it," Velour said. "Dino's is a
great place, and I think it has just the right ambience for what we're
trying to accomplish with these events."
Sketchy's events are so well-known in burlesque communities around the
world that running the Las Vegas incarnation earns her instant
recognition among fellow striptease artists.
and tell people that I run the event here, and they immediately know
what I'm talking about," she said. "Then they know that I'm the real
more events like this in Las Vegas," she said. "It exposes people to
something new. It gives performers a venue to show their stuff, and it
promotes the arts. It's all good."
circus performer Stephanie Castellone said the April event was the
first time she'd had an opportunity to pose for the class but that she
would love to do it again.
has been friends with Velour for a long time and was thrilled when the
burlesque beauty opted to plug her into the model spot for the month.
event that caters to artists and photographers," she said. "They get to
practice their skills. Even the amateurs get excited, and there's a
great vibe. I plan to pose again towards the end of the year."
performance and then a posing session in one costume, a break, and then
the model comes back in another costume," she said.
about Dr. Sketchy's nationally, visit www.drsketchy.com. For details
about the local Dr. Sketchy's, visit lasvegasdrsketchys.blogspot. com,