Harvest Moon, also known as “The Sultry Siren of Burlesque”, began her career by founding the legendary dance troupe The Cantankerous Lollies in 1995. Miss Moon’s troupe quickly became San Francisco’s premiere showgirl act, known for their Montmartre-style cabarets, including rousing Can-Cans which would’ve made Toulouse Lautrec proud.
Throughout the late 90s, The Cantankerous Lollies performed in a diverse number of West Coast venues, including many of San Francisco’s top nightclubs (such as Bimbo’s, The Fillmore, The Great American Music Hall, as well as The San Francisco Museum of Natural History). In 1997 The Cantankerous Lollies were the first troupe ever to perform at the Miss Exotic World Pageant. Under Harvest’s direction, the Lollies won “Best Dance Troupe” two years in a row. They later earned a star in the Exotic World Museum’s Hall Of Fame.
The Bay Guardian awarded the troupe “Best Can-Can And Burlesque Review” in the 2001 edition of the annual Best Of The Bay, the first year the Bay Guardian had such a category. The Cantankerous Lollies gained front page exposure in the New Orlean’s Times-Picayune arts section during that year’s annual Tease-a-rama Burlesque convention, the first of it’s kind in the world. Both Harvest Moon herself and The Cantakerous Lollies have been spotlighted in the fully illustrated book BURLESQUE AND THE NEW BUMP AND GRIND–a comprehensive history of Burlesque from the origin right up through today. A life-sized print of “Harvest Moon Y El Famoso Bailar De Abanicos” (the same one shown here on this site) has been featured in the Diesel Denim gallery in NYC’s SoHo, and has been published around the world in various art/design books. Her image has appeared in GQ , Glamour Magazine, New York Magazine, Animal Magazine , Psychology Today, and Pulphope.
Harvest has also performed with members of Cirque Du Soliel in the 2005 production of “The Love Show”. Harvest Moon performs regularly in New York City and, increasingly, internationally . Miss Moon’s emerging solo work has been noted for its elegance and classic form. She blends vintage Burlesque style with a unique and surprising element borrowed from the circus’ big-top. Her acts are noted for their stunning and original combinations of contortion, classic Burlesque stylings, and humor. Harvest has opened for James Brown in NYC and performed with the artist Matthew Barney.
Harvest currently performs as part of a trapeze duo called Aerobella. They have toured nationally with Circus Nexus in 2006/07 and performed at the 2007 New York Burlesque Festival.
In the summer of 2008 Harvest toured the Netherlands and Italy in a special showcase of American Burlesque called “Cabaret New Burlesque”. From her home base in New York City she continues to push the frontiers of modern Burlesque with each new act.