Get to Know the Artist
“Passion meets Determination — Imagination meets Seduction”
Meet the “Parisian Sensation” Erika Moon: The epitome of a woman who has used her own eclectic life as a roadmap to success. Not only is she a renowned European cabaret artist, burlesque dancer, model, and actress, but Erika Moon is also a multi-talented businesswoman that has combined her 20+ years of experience to create both eclectic and vivid first-class productions. These productions entertain the senses with dance, costumes, music, elegance, and the sizzling flare of burlesque.
Born in Pau, France to Portuguese parents, Erika spent much of her childhood in front of the mirror twirling, dancing, and playing dress up. What remains child’s play for most young girls took on a near obsession that kept her on a steady path to developing into the performer you see on stage today. It was her determination that inspired Erika to create her own choreography, learn countless dance moves from tv, design costumes, and roll it all up into her own unique concept. This creative process started to take on a more tangible shape, and by the age of 15 she was knocking on the doors to the city to ask for funding to present her first official show in France at an annual city event. This simple duet marked the beginning of her public appearances and would lay the groundwork for her future productions. At 16 Erika moved to Toulouse to study fashion design and continued to perform, honing and defining her craft.
Erika started putting on fashion shows at first for fun in her dormitory, but soon this was to turn into a profession for herself with contracts in the modeling world for fashion, print campaigns, and catwalks in France. This along with cheerleading helped her capitalize on her love and talent for the spotlight. At this point Erika sought out any stage where she could explore her creative force, from wedding fashion shows by day, showgirl by evening, and even as an exotic dancer by night!
Her life had now come to an obvious crossroad where she had to decide whether to pursue a more conventional and “safe” career in fashion design, or dive head over high heels into her dream of being a performer. The solution came as a combination of both. Erika’s experience in design allowed her to create her own fashion and incorporate that special aspect into her colorful and unusual sets and costume designs.
“I don’t believe in boundaries. I don’t believe in limits.”
Never having been a friend of convention, Erika refuses to play by the rules. She has always inventively blended different genres of dance and theatre. She includes classical ballet dancers alongside belly dancers as well as cabaret/burlesque artists in her show. The sharp contrasts of seemingly contradicting styles come together resulting in a unique and eclectic performance that inspires, touches, and leaves the audience wanting more. Erika’s stage design and choreography plays with the imagination and creates a fantasy world that unites cabaret, acting, and dance with sensuality. A fireball of passion spiked with grit and vision, she continues to create new shows and new concepts, all with her signature sizzle and stamp of feisty imagination.
“My goal is to bring different cultures along with the spirit of Parisian Cabaret together to create a unique mix that allows people to dive into a different world and leave their everyday worries behind. When you walk out of one of my productions or shows feeling inspired, happy, and emotionally recharged, I have my reward!”
This driven perfectionist has been known to wear the hats of producer, choreographer, model, lead dancer, costumer designer, and business manager when needed, but also has assembled an excellent team to help balance the needs of her productions. Her production and directing styles are shaped by her talent of coordinating a team and setting a standard of excellence for each and every production. Erika’s full shows are composed of a dozen different cast members ranging from trained dancers, burlesque guest performers, singers, comedians, interactive acts, acrobatics, and other variety acts, as well as her tech and crew team. At present, her creative teams are based in Miami, Paris, and NYC. The head-quarters for her production and entertainment company (Erika Moon Productions LLC) is presently in Miami Beach.