Named one of the “Sexiest people in the Bay Area” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian in 2001, Simone de la Getto started shaking her fringe-covered behind with the San Francisco burlesque Troupe in 1996, from there she danced with the Cantankerous Lollies in 1998 for three years. Tired of being told that she was everyone’s favorite and not knowing if it was because she was Black or talented, she became the founder/artistic director of Harlem Shake Burlesque, who garner the awards “Best Burlesque Troupe” in 2004 by the San Francisco Weekly and The Miss Exotic World Pageant held in Helendale, CA. Harlem Shake Burlesque, the first Black Burlesque Troupe, was first introduced to the Neo-Burlesque scene in May 2003 and paved the way for many Black burlesque performers on the stage today. Simone has performed at various venues and shows including but not limited to: The Great American Music Hall (SF), Bimbo’s (SF), The Va Va Voom Room (SF), Margaret Cho’s “The Sensuous Woman Show (NYC/SF), Le Boudouir (Montreal), Miss Exotic World (LV), New York Burlesque Festival (NYC), Tease-o-Rama (SF), Victoria Theater (SF), Femme Conference (SEA/SF), Brown Derby (LA), Fresh Meat (SF), National Queer Arts Festival (SF), Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance (SF). When Simone is not performing you can see her walking her dog and raising her 12 year old son.