Last Friday was a special time for Dollhouse NYC and The Ken Project joint company as they celebrated two of their most seasoned dolls birthdays – Ken West and Fancy. Co-founders and creative directors Shalimar and Lamont Smith created the company about five years ago after having agreed that they were tired of walking the New York City Streets broke. They wanted to put on shows in the city that were different than anyone had ever seen and years later, stars were born.
The company specializes in executing urban-like burlesque shows that resemble the 2012 feature film success – Magic Mike mixed with the skill of Chip and Dales dancers. Doll House NYC is comprised of ladies and its expanded brother company The Ken Project all males.
First guest of honor, Ken West explains that the audition process is very grueling, as you are tested in choreography and once accepted it is similar to body boot camp. In addition to that, you are given crash courses on how to thrive in the industry while creating your own brand. Second guest of honor Fancy, emphasizes how important it in for the women aspiring to join to simply bring themselves and truly show all that they have to offer and treat it as a friendly competition because everyone is there to better one another.
Following their huge achievement in appearing on America’s Got Talent, everyone was asked what new projects are in store, and though a little apprehensive, Shalimar assures us that they have something ‘cooking’ up for the world to see in the future.
As for now, their performance run is expanding as they are building residency. Their performances are on a month to month basis but will shortly move to a performance run of about three times a week.
Check out highlights of their birthday bash and our interviews with the dolls below: