This interview was first published on The Sisterhood blog at The Forward.
Minnie Tonka and Darlinda Just Darlinda, a.k.a. The Schlep Sisters, will soon be lighting their Hanukkah candles … on stage and in various states of undress. The Brooklyn-based burlesque performers (who prefer to be known only by their stage names) will be appearing in the 6th Annual Menorah Horah at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom on December 9. This will not be your usual holiday party. As we are warned: “Drop that dreidel and hold on to your latkes. We’re heating up the holidays with Hanukkah’s hottest Hebrew hotties!”
Tonka, a Minnesota native with a Masters in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Darlinda, an actress and performance artist originally from California, have been doing striptease together for nine years. Recently, they have devoted themselves full-time to performing and teaching burlesque. They also produce a number of national burlesque tours and shows, including the Menorah Horah and a Passover show titled, The Burning Bush vs. The Second Coming. Both women were named among the Top 50 International Burlesque Industry Figures in 2011.
The Schlep Sisters recently spoke to the Forward about how they got their start in the business, the upcoming Hanukkah show, and what it means to be on the cutting edge of “Jewlesque,” or Jewish burlesque.
Click here to read the interview and watch a video.
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