Austin burlesque performer holds benefit to shake out donations — including a new kidney
dance the wait away
Amelie Ahmose has been shaking it off and out for months — “it” being kidney disease, specifically IgA nephropathy, also known as Berger's disease. The burlesque dancer is awaiting an immediate kidney transplant and keeping her dancing shoes on in the meantime, including for a benefit event on February 25 at Elysium, called “A Wake Up for Amelie.”
The goal is manyfold: to dance, celebrate, and raise funds to lessen the financial burden on the performer, whose health coverage is limited. Ticket proceeds and additional cash donations will go to her kidney fund. Although Ahmose was placed on a waitlist for a transplant from a deceased donor, living donors are strongly preferred, she shared on Instagram in October of 2022.
The “dance party, burlesque show, and living wake” will be hosted by burlesque artist Coco Lectric, with performances by burlesque dancers Ruby Lamb, Mistress Moon, Sado Moore, Cimmeria Steel, Ginger Snaps; drag performers Jack Rabid and Alexander Danger; and cabaret singer Stella Pipes.
DJs Crescendoll & Neph will be playing dark genres including funeral pop and post-punk, and go-go dancers will keep the party going throughout. Alongside the performances, there will be a blacklight dance party, a raffle, and local vendors.
Ahmose was diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney failure due to hypertension and Berger's disease in 2022 at 34, having gone to the hospital with symptoms she had attributed to dehydration. There is no known cure for the disease, but it can be treated with medication and by performing a transplant.
She has been performing burlesque for 15 years, including some belly dance acts and a background in opera and acting. Her style is usually dark and gothic, and she prides herself on her “twisted sense of humor” according to her website.
Tickets ($10-100, 18 and older only) to “A Wake Up for Amelie” are available on Eventbrite, along with information on donating via Venmo. The party runs from 9:30 pm to 2 am, with a pre-party on Twitch from 7-9 pm. More information about donating a kidney, to Amelie or anyone else, is available at utclivingdonor.com or 210-567-5777.