Chesty LaRue is a Black Mexican queen, magically eccentric, comically fabulous, user of art as activism. She was born and raised in Seattle, the Emerald City, land of the indigenous Duwamish and Puget Sound Salish, known for rain and long gray days. Chesty has always used her creativity to express and explain herself, taking on various art forms such as writing, dancing, pole dancing, and for the past 10 years, burlesque.
In 2009 she made her burlesque debut with an act that was heavy with the props but told a wide ranging story. The act of storytelling is a pivotal point in Chesty’s art. 10 years later she is performing her own brand of burlesque, walking the fine line between burlesque and performance art. She has performed up and down the west coast, Alabama, and as far away as Helsinki, Finland.
Chesty’s time in burlesque has granted her the opportunity to teach and share her wisdom. In her “So You Want To Create A Political Burlesque Act?” class, as part of Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque guest teacher line up, she instructs students on how to comfortably and responsibility create an act that says something.
Chesty uses humor, wit, and confusion to entertain, experiential social commentary to start a conversation. Whether her performances make you laugh, scratch your head in bewilderment, or question your role in this world, she always tells a provocative story.