I am so excited to finally share a peek at this shoot with you guys! This shoot was a first for me but definitely one that I hope I will get to do more of! Ya’ll, Meet Rose Maywood, singer, dancer and burlesque performer! This woman right here is a dream chaser and I feel so honored to have been asked to do her portraits. Cassie, or Rose, depending on how you know her, is a force to be reckoned with.
I first met her over 10 years ago through a family friend. Since then, I have seen her evolve from quiet high school student to dream bridal consultant to make up artist and now a full fledged burlesque performer. It sure has been a journey but one that has been a journey to watch come to fruition. In fact, this boss babe even did my make up at my wedding! She’s a rockstar, you can take my word for it.
Cassie reached out in hopes of capturing a few pinup style portraits for promotions to the burlesque style shows that she has been performing in and I immediately jumped at the chance! She explained that she had grown up dancing but had gotten away from it after high school. After taking her first burlesque class, she was hooked and has been ever since.
I asked her how she came up with her stage name, Rose Maywood? SHe simply replied that after circling back to Rose about a 1000 times, her encouraging and ridiculously supporting husband, Sean, had suggested Maywood and it just sounded “right” so she kept it. Did I mention that Cassie and Sean are newly weds? Oh yeah, like the most adorable newlyweds ever too. He loves that she is passionate about burlesque and encourages her every step of the way.
Rose performs a few times a month throughout the Laurel Highlands but admits that Thursday night is a huge night for the LGBTQ and drag communities so she’s always out supporting her fellow performers. She recently became a part of Lady Grey’s Lovelies, a cabaret troupe based out of State College, PA. Their leader explained that Lady Grey’s a a variety company that primarily focuses in tap, dancing, singing, comedy and burlesque and that her girls are proud of the work they have done to bring the vintage entertainment industry and new cabaret style performances to the stage.
If you would like to see Rose Maywood live and in action, she has got 2 big shows coming up. The first show, Classique: A Burlesque + Variety Show, is Saturday, August 25th at the Keynote Cafe in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. The show starts at 9 pm and this is in fact, Rose’s first time producing so make sure to stop out. The show will feature performers from both the Lady Grey’s Lovelies and the Velvet Hearts Pittsburgh group.
The second show, Lady Grey’s Late Night Cabaret and Speakeasy, will take place on September 15th at The State Theatre around 8 PM. I was informed that this show sells out so make sure to grab your tickets today!