Artist Spotlight: Shay Walts

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Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Shay @goodalkaline! I’m a hula hoop dancer and event planner here in Tucson. Formerly a burlesque performer, I love any and all performance art. I am currently in collaboration with the new vintage style motel, El Pais.

Why does it matter?

El Pais Motel is going to be the next best venue for performers and artists to show off their crafts and network. So excited to help promote local businesses and artists of all kinds!

When did you realize performing was what you wanted to do?

I have been performing in different facets my whole life! From a young age, I was in dance, drama, choirs and musical theatre.

Do you remember what it was like in the beginning?

When I first started burlesque, it was a whole new world for me. I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but I knew I loved the stage and had an opportunity, so I seized it. I began in Black Cherry Burlesque, a troupe formed at Surly Wench Pub on 4th Ave. The troupe has since disbanded, and most performers do solo gigs these days. I am super grateful for the doors that Black Cherry Burlesque opened for me. I was able to travel to different states to perform and joined other performance groups along the way.

What is your dream performance?

Oh wow, that’s a tough question! I would say anything unique and different. I hate seeing people copycat. The owners of El Pais Motel have some grandiose ideas, but we can’t give away the surprises! Follow me on Instagram @goodalkaline for new events, shows, and vendor/artist opportunities!

What is the quality you most like in a person (man or woman)?


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Raising my son to the best of my ability.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?

Anything pretty. I know it sounds maybe superficial, but I am in LOVE with beauty!

What turns you off?

Fakeness and Ego.

What is your favorite curse word?

F**k. 😊

What sound or noise do you love?


What sound or noise do you hate?

Idle chatter.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

I’m doing what I love.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

It’s all a dream. Welcome to Wonderland!


Shay will perform at the “Vintage Bash: A Night of Tricks and Treats” on Friday, Nov 2nd 7p-11p. OPEN BAR/ART/VARIETY SHOW/VENDORS headlining – The Sugar Stains. Purchase Tickets Here. You can find Shay on social media, @goodalkaline.

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