Pony hails from Chicago, IL where she grew up studying ballet, acting and drawing. After moving to Vegas in 2006, she traded her pointe shoes in for pole dancing heels and fell in love with the art form. Becoming a member of the pole community lead to joining the circus community thru studying aerial arts. After performing as a variety pole act in a number of burlesque shows, Pony was booked for a burlesque gig where her pole wouldn’t fit (literally). She saw the need to create other styles of acts and thus began her love affair with chair dancing and a more classic burlesque style. This style is currently her signature though she still performs burlesque pole acts (she calls it “burlypole”) whenever she can.
And, yes, Pony is her real name.
Pony Poison has been performing burlesque since 2015 around Las Vegas, as well as nationally. She performs classic style striptease complete with tassel twirling and dazzling costumes. She specializes in acts that incorporate her skills as a pole acrobat and chair dancer, performing “chair contortion” tricks. She’s been a regular entertainer at Vegas’ most popular burlesque shows like Sinful Sunday, Tiki Teaserama and Burlesque at the Baobab. She appeared at the most recent Las Vegas Burlesque Festival and, in 2019, fulfilled her dream of dancing on legendary Bourbon Street in New Orleans as part of Burlesque Ballroom at the Royal Sonesta.
She has enjoyed the privilege of performing in shows produced by the prestigious Burlesque Hall of Fame and even taught chairlesque for BHOF‘s “Get Your Act Together” program for new burlesque dancers.
Most recently, as Las Vegas recovers from pandemic, Pony can be found back on stage at shows such at venues like the Space and the Drawing Room and the Jewel Box theater for her month long residency with the Pinups On Tour: Happy Hour show.
Pony has been training as a pole artist since 2009 and has studied with some of the industry’s most respected names. She was a regular entertainer at the Hard Rock hotel as one of the Hell’s Belles pole dancers and has been running pole parties on the strip at Stripper 101 inside Planet Hollywood since 2012. Additionally, she has danced on a freelance basis appearing at events that include the Black and White Ball, Viva La Pole Show and many local showcases.
Lastly, Pony began studying aerial arts in 2011 and specializes in aerial pole and hoop. Performance credits include the International Pole Convention, the International Beauty Show and featuring at Centerfolds Cabaret. She also competed in the Pacific division for Pole Sport Organization’s lyra competition, winning a bronze medal.
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