Burlesque extraordinaire, Angie Pontani, “The Italian Stallionette,” is one of few involved in the ecdysiast arts who shimmies and shakes on stages around the world, as well as carries her art into other fields and genres. A child of New York and a key player in establishing NYC’s burlesque scene, this bump-n-grind bombshell has spread the gospel of burlesque across the globe for over a decade. The New Yorker calls Angie, “first rate, the perfect centerpiece!” and rightfully so, since her signature acts and productions all set standards of style and class. This international superstar’s ability to mix glamour of yester-years with contemporary sensibility has earned her burlesque’s most prestigious award: “Queen of Burlesque, Miss Exotic World 2008.” Aside from its substantial part in Angie achieving burlesque’s highest honor, this combination of a deep-seated retro base and a cutting-edge innovative drive is also why Angie has toured multiple runs in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong, she has headlined some of the largest festivals in the world, including New York, Dallas, Milan and Helsinki Burlesque Festivals, and was named “Best International Touring Artist of 2009,” by The Naked City/Alternative Media Group of Australia. Even with such travels and acclaim, this modern day vintage vamp, as grounded as she is worldly, equally treasures her hometown titles, “Miss Cyclone,” and “Best Body in Burlesque” (2008 and 2011 New York Burlesque Festival).
Angie Pontani, the “Gypsy Rose Lee incarnate” (NYC Edge), is as rooted and ground-breaking offstage as she is on. She is co-founder and co-producer producer of the longest running annual burlesque festival, New York Burlesque Festival; she produced 2010 Burlesque Hall of Fame’s The Titans of Tease: 53rd Annual Striptease Reunion Showcase and the Saturday Night Competition; she was co-creator of the off-Broadway hit, This is Burlesque; she is producer of the on-going U.S. tour, Burlesque-A-Pades, which completed over 35 shows throughout the USA this year. She is the founder of “#1 Burlesque Attraction in the Nation”(AOL.com), The World Famous Pontani Sisters, who have made over 4 appearances on the Conan O’Brian show and are the stars of a hit series of Go-Go Dance instructional videos, “Go-Go Robics”. Her productions have shattered, and undoubtedly will continue to shatter, attendance records. Her knack for production and marketing has led her to produce and create a series of dance instructional DVD’s: Go-Go Robics I & II, Twist Party featuring Los Straitjackets, and Go-Go Dance with Angie Pontani.
Whether headlining events and entertaining from the stage, or setting the stage for headliners to entertain from, Angie’s repertoire and show curating skills are frequently sought by discriminating clients including Lady GaGa, Campari, Esquire Magazine, Dos Equis, The Fox 5 Superbowl Party, Guggenheim, Donatella Versace and more. She worked exclusively with Hendricks Gin to create her glass bath tub act, which was the featured entertainment at many of their events throughout the U.S. In the midst of her wake, Angie has wowed celebrity fans the likes of Sting, Anthony Kiedas, Hillary Duff, The Strokes, Adrianna Lima, and Hugh Hefner.
As “New York’s Burlesque Queen” (ToscanaTV.com), Angie has appeared multiple times on the Conan O’Brien Show and Gossip Girl. She was also featured in other New York productions: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, MTV’s The 50 Cent Project, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. Angie also appeared on The List (Canada), Lady Burlesque (IT), Burlesque Mania (IT), Good Day New Zealand (NZ), and Nightline (NZ). Always reaching for new fields and genres, Angie had a featured role in Michael Imerioli’s directorial debut film, The Hungry Ghost, and was also featured in the Italian television series, Lady Burlesque and The Poor Man’s Follies, an Italian film created for MTV. She was also a part of an ad campaign for Peter Werth (UK), X-Rite Photosystem with Brian Smith (USA), and Marlboro (worldwide). Aside from having been photographed by renowned photographer Ellen Von Unwerth for L’uomo Vogue, she has graced the covers and pages of many magazines including Pin Curl, Page Six, Glamour, Spanish GQ, Java’s Bachelor Pad and countless others. Angie even made a cameo in Eric Powell’s comic, The Goon (#36).