Candy keeps dis­tance with naughty bits

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Cabaret - Crazy Horse Paris For­ever Crazy Crown The­atre Perth When: Septem­ber 6 to 23 www.tick­et­mas­ Tanya Macnaughton

WHERE: TICK­ETS: CRAZY Horse Paris per­former Candy St Louis is so sweet she was be­stowed her stage name in hon­our of a French su­gar.

The Brook­lyn-born and raised dancer trained in bal­let, tap and jazz from the age of seven and a ca­reer per­form­ing pro­fes­sion­ally soon called.

“We are all born with a tal­ent,” St Louis said.

“I was blessed to know what I wanted to do at such a young age and for hav­ing a fam­ily that sup­ported me.

“It is so spe­cial to make my mother proud and my sis­ter has been such a big part of this jour­ney. They love get­ting to travel with me.”

St Louis moved to Las Ve­gas in 2009, where a drink with a fel­low Juil­liard alumni changed her life for­ever.

“He knew a Crazy Horse dancer who told me to bring my photo and re­sume to the show man­ager and when the Paris crew came to Las Ve­gas they would call me for an au­di­tion,” she said.

“They ar­rived, I au­di­tioned and a few months later they called me.”

When Crazy Horse Paris closed in Las Ve­gas, St Louis moved to Paris, the tra­di­tional home of the cabaret show that has cel­e­brated the fe­male form by pre­sent­ing naked cou­ture for the past 65 years.

She is now con­tin­u­ing her dream in Aus­tralia on Crazy Horse Paris’s For­ever Crazy tour, open­ing at Crown The­atre Perth on Septem­ber 6.

“Be­ing around so many women, do­ing the most wom­anly thing you can do just makes you more com­fort­able and se­cure with who you are,” she said.

It is just as well St Louis is se­cure with who she is, given the dancers are weighed ev­ery Satur­day and have to meet a strict set of phys­i­cal re­quire­ments, in­clud­ing be­ing be­tween 1.68m and 1.73m tall with a dis­tance of 21cm be­tween their nip­ples.

“You can’t help but count­down to each Satur­day, so the an­swer is yes, there’s pres­sure 24 hours a day, seven days a week since I be­came a dancer, ex­cept on hol­i­days,” she said.

“But it’s the best de­ci­sion the uni­verse has ever made for me.”

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