Thursday, March 8, 2012

Angel Cecelia Helene Walker

Angel Cecelia Helene Walker (born September 18, 1944 in San Francisco) is an American exotic dancer specializing in stripping and burlesque under her stage name Satan’s Angel. She started dancing in San Francisco in 1961, after winning an amateur strip contest at North Beach nightclub Moulin Rouge. Her full moniker is Satan’s Angel, the Devil’s Own Mistress, Queen of the Fire Tassels. She has also danced under the stage names Tassel Tossin’ Angel, Angel Dahl, Angel the Body, Satana Angel, and Satin Angel.

Satan’s Angel’s signature act is to light her tassels aflame, "then extinguishing the flames by means of strenuous mammary rotation." She would sometimes twirl five tassels at a time—two on her nipples, two on her buttocks, and one on her navel.

She performed in San Francisco in the 1960s, dancing at small and bigger nightclubs including the Esquire, the Galaxie and the Condor Club. She was also bass player in The Hummingbirds, an all girl topless cover band which performed nightly at Tipsy's in North Beach.

Later, in Las Vegas in the 1970s and into the mid 1980s, she was cast by big-name burlesque promoters like Barry Ashton and Harold Minsky and danced at the Palomino Club, The Aladdin, Silver Slipper, and the Minsky. She also toured the United States and the rest of the world with her act.

When asked why she chose to pursue a career in burlesque, she has said she wanted the glamorous life of Gypsy Rose Lee. She has also said she borrowed artistic elements from Mae West, Lili St. Cyr, Ann Corio, Sally Keith, and Carrie Finnell to create her stage character Satan’s Angel.

She retired from burlesque in 1985, after twentyfour years, but came out of retirement in 2002. Since then she has performed in the Miss Exotic World Pageant—in 2005 as part of the Legends section of the program, and in 2006 as part of the Cavalcade of Classic Stars. She has also appeared at the annual burlesque convention Tease-O-Rama and in multiple neo-burlesque shows.

In addition to performing, Satan’s Angel now gives classes in burlesque striptease and fire tassel twirling. Strip tease and burlesque dancer Catherine D'lish has called Satan’s Angel "a trailblazer in her profession."

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