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    Angie Pontani,”forever 21”;  entertainer; Kensington, Brooklyn
    “It’s kind of amazing, and it’s gone by in a flash. The scene has changed so much. It’s awesome that we can sell out four huge venues, and get legends like Tempest Storm here.I’m moved; its been unbelievable.”

    Jen Gapay, 44; “ringmaster”; Kensington, Brooklyn
    “It’s pretty amazing to be part of something that has lasted ten years. I feel like I’m dating myself to say I’ve been doing burlesque stuff for ten years, but this is my family now. It’s a tight-knit community, and it’s great to have had so many people who have been with us he whole time."

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    Tempest Storm, 84; burlesque legend; Las Vegas, NV
    “I hope that I’m an inspiration to these young girls, and they’re doing a fabulous job keeping burlesque alive. I’m so thrilled I was invited to attend. I’ve heard so much about the New York Burlesque Festival; this was my first time here, and it was a lot of fun.”

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    Bambi the Mermaid, 45; mermaid; Coney Island, Brooklyn; left
    “Doesn’t seem like ten years! [The festival has] grown a lot. I remember performing at a 10am brunch, and on a boat—that was a good year. Now so many people come from out of town, it’s like our own mini Exotic World!”


    Rita Menweep, 31; burlesque performer and makeup artist, Upper West Side; right
    “I think it’s natural that New York has its own festival—we’re such a big player in the burlesque scene. And we do so much storytelling in our work. I am grateful for our festival.”


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    Miss Cherry Delight, “turning 26”; Miss Coney Island 2013; Coney Island, Brooklyn
    “This is my first year performing in the festival. I just won the tenth Miss Coney Island, and I’m excited to be in the tenth annual New York Burlesque Festival. It’s a good year for tens for me.”

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    Dulce DeLeche, “old enough to know better and young enough not to care”; burlesque performer, producer and “cupcake queen”; Park Slope, Brooklyn
    “I’ve been attending the festival for seven years, and I’ve been on staff [as volunteer coordinator] for six. At the ten-year mark, you’re seeing production values go up; the quality of the numbers has grown. And the audience has grown!”

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New York Burlesque Festival 2012: The Golden Pastie Awards (slide show)

The New York Burlesque Festival welcomed burly-Q's best to the extravaganza's closing ceremonies.

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When: Sunday, September 30
The scene: The New York Burlesque Festival’s Golden Pastie Awards
The tenth annual fest drew to a close with the Golden Pastie Awards, as a gaggle of performers strutted, both onstage and off, in their finest fancy-wear. Weimar vixen Miss Astrid compered the proceedings with plenty of of snark; the event’s producers, Jen Gapay and Angie Pontani, toasted to another decade; octogenarian legend Tempest Storm held court; and everyone reflected on a ten years of our city’s celebration of strip.

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