The Quantum Ecdysiast

Chicava is the proprietress of New York City’s Brown Girls Burlesque and lead teacher of The Broad Squad Institute. A scholar of performance art, women of color in burlesque heritage, and sacred sexuality and spirituality, she received her MFA from Goddard College.

This blend of academic study, dance and burlesque performance, as well as deep immersion in several spiritual disciplines, gives Chicava a unique palette of knowledge and experience to work with. Not only does she evoke profound experience in her students, she also shares the wisdom and understanding she’s gleaned throughout her journey.  

As an artist in residence at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in NYC, Chicava produces a live blues & jazz burlesque revue called The Dirty Honey Shake. She travels internationally presenting variations of her burlesque theater. Her most recent show was in China. Chicava also lectures and performs on the university circuit.


She is currently working on Sister Shake, a documentary and companion book on the legacy of Women of Color in burlesque heritage. Chicava’s acting credits include work with Spike Lee and Robert Altman. She stars in the indie feature Title VII, which you can catch on the festival circuit throughout 2017.