Dance, Edie, Dance!

April 20th at 7:30pm

Drag Sensation EDIE has heard those three words her entire life. First from her parents insisting she perform for guests in the living room of their family home in Portland, OR. Then from her dance teacher who gave her the skills and the confidence to take on the world. From Ballet to Broadway to Cirque du Soleil, EDIE has taken those three words to heart. Dance, Edie, Dance is a culmination of her love of life-long love of dance and all the places her long legs have taken her throughout her storied career. 

EDIE is best known from Cirque du Soleil’s hit show ZUMANITY where she starred as the emcee, the “Mistress of Sensuality,” at the NY-NY Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. During her 13 year run, EDIE performed over 5,600 shows for over 6 million people. EDIE began her professional dance career at the age of 17 with Ballet Oregon. For the next eleven years she danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and Pennsylvania Ballet before moving to New York to pursue musical theater. EDIE quickly became a fixture in New York City where she racked up a bevy of awards including Best Drag Queen (HX Award), Best Dance Artist and Entertainer of the Year (Glammy Award). She starred in her autobiographical, off-Broadway show “LEGS!,” performed on the MTV Video Music Awards, appeared on “Sex and the City,” was featured at Wigstock and Broadway Bares, and made her Broadway debut alongside Cyndi Lauper and Alan Cumming in the Tony-nominated revival of “The ThreePenny Opera” at Studio 54. The San Francisco Chronicle “strongly advises seeing the incredible EDIE whose talent and legs go on forever.”

You can learn more about Edie at www.edieentertainer.com.

Dance, Edie, Dance is a special event, and is not included in the 2024 season ticket package. This show is not eligible for Flex Passes or the Arts for All program.

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Directed by Jolene Magee

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Sponsored by A Generous Donor

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Exit, Pursued by a Bear is presented by arrangement with Playscripts Inc. www.playscripts.com

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Sponsored in part by Columbia River Coffee Roaster

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by Stephen Mallatratt

Directed by Mick Alderman

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The Woman in Black is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

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Directed by Deanna Duplechain

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Decked! is presented by arrangement with A3 Artists Agency on behalf of Ginna Hoben. www.a3artistsagency.com

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