In the Va Va Voom Room



  • January 5th – January 8th, 2017

    He’s back! Award-winning choreographer Michael Mizerany returns to Diversionary Theatre with the second installment of IN THE VA VA VOOM ROOM after its riotously successful debut last January.   Critics of last year’s installation called the show “Fun, in your face and ever so titillating!” This year boasts all new material, and due to limited performances tickets are expected to sell out quickly.

    Thur, Jan. 5th 7 p.m.

    Fri, Jan 6th 8 p.m.

    Sat, Jan. 7th 8 p.m.

    Sun, Jan. 8th 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.


    Contains adult material including partial male nudity, sexual themes and content


  • Photo by Cara Vacek Hanhurst Michael Mizerany is the artistic director for Compulsion Dance & Theater.  He moved to San Diego to join Malashock Dance and served as its Associate Artistic Director until 2013.  Michael conceived and directed the popular dance series HOT GUYS DANCING and conceived and directed Malashock/RAW from 2010-2013. Recently, he premiered a new cabaret series, IN THE VA VA VOOM ROOM, at Diversionary Theatre. Michael has choreographed extensively, including ALTAR BOYZ, (Noah Longton Productions), DOOLEY, THE DIVINE SISTER. MISS KITTY’S WILD WEST REVUE, SCROOGE IN ROUGE, THRILL ME, BARE: A POP OPERA, and A NEW BRAIN (Diversionary Theatre), CHICAGO: A SPEAKEASY CABARET, GREY GARDENS, and ASS, OR A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FEVER (Ion Theatre), CARNIVAL! and SUDS(The Coronado Playhouse), SPRING AWAKENING, THE FULL MONTY, (New Village Arts), TROLLEY DANCES (SDDT), RENT (Southwestern College), WEST SIDE STORY (J*Company) and THREE PENNY OPERA (UCSD). Michael has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the LA Stage Scene Award for Outstanding Choreography for ALTAR BOYZ, BARE: A POP OPERA and A NEW BRAIN, The Blue Ribbon Choreography Award for SUDS and the Bravo San Diego Award for Outstanding Choreographer of 2012 (DESPERATE LOVE, ALTAR BOYZ) and recently received a 2015 nomination for his contemporary work MAN CLAN. He was nominated for a Craig Noel Theater Award for Outstanding Choreography for DOOLEY (2011), ALTAR BOYZ (2012) and SPRING AWAKENING and BARE: A POP OPERA (2014). Most recently, he was nominated for a National Youth Arts Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for WEST SIDE STORY. Also, his 10-minute play, 20 MINUTES AND COUNTING, received a staged reading at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre.

    andrew-holmesAndrew Holmes started his dance career when he was 16 at Valley Center High School and went on to graduate from SDSU in 2012 with a BFA in Dance, as well as the Outstanding Dance Artist Award. He has been a company member with Mojalet Dance Collective since 2008 and with Malashock Dance since 2012. Andrew has been very fortunate to have also danced for Michael Mizerany (Compulsion Dance & Theatre), Angel Acuna, Angelica Bell, Brittany Taylor & Desiree Fejeran, Two Thirds Sky (United Kingdom), Andy Noble, and with Blythe Barton Dance in their upcoming season.

    Caryn Marie Glass

    Caryn Ipapo-Glass received a BFA from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts and since relocating from New York City has worked as a guest artist with the Malashock Dance Company as well as a dance educator and choreographer throughout the greater San Diego area. Caryn is the co-artistic director for [the]movement initiative; along side partner Ami Ipapo, which has presented work at Visionary Dance Theatre, White Box Live Arts, Diversionary Theatre, and Raw Space Off Broadway. The company’s contemporary work, SPACES, was chosen for the La Jolla Music Society’s 2015 CHOREOLab, and their critically acclaimed dance theater production, Victor Charlie, was awarded prizes for the Top Box Office Seller and Audience Favorite at the 2014 San Diego International Fringe Festival. Keep up with the movement at

    salinas Zaquia Mahler Salinas, a native San Diegan, is a dancer, dance maker, and teacher. After completing her BA in Dance with Honors from UC Santa Barbara in 2011, she moved back to San Diego and enjoys participating in and contributing to the dance community. Zaquia has presented evening-length works, along with many shorter pieces, worked with independent choreographers and small companies, and currently resides at Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater. She is in the process of earning her MFA in Creative Practice from Saint Mary’s College of California.

    cara-steenCara Steen received her BFA in Modern Dance from The University of Michigan.  After college, she moved to NYC to continue her dance training, while also becoming a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor.  She has had the honor to perform works by Lar Lubovitch, Paul Taylor, Doug Varone, and Peter Sparling.  Cara spent two seasons dancing and choreographing for the Michigan Dance Collective, as well as two seasons performing at United Way events.  Since moving to San Diego in 2010 Carahas performed new work by John Malashock in their fall show Malashock Raw.  Currently she performs with Blythe Barton Dance, Pisces Dance Project and the Dollhouse Collective.  She also teaches pole dance regularly at the Dollhouse Fitness in Encinitas.


  • Photos by Raymond Elstad




  • “A perfect way to warm up on a cold (San Diego defined) winter night. Diversionary Theatre has a way to warm you up during these cold and rainy evenings with “In The Va Va Voom Room” This burlesque is sexy, entertaining, and fun as it mixes contemporary dance with some strip, some fantastic pole dancing, and a lot of T&A (talent and attitude). But this show also explores that burlesque isn’t just about performers removing their clothes, but exploring beyond that to become something more than just the art of the tease.”

    “The subtitle says it all, A Night of Contemporary Burlesque. Mizerany’s new work for Diversionary is fun, in your face and ever so titillating without going into lower Broadway strip. It’s “family” fare, and the family was there, appreciating every double entendre physical and verbal, and enjoying the frolic.”

    -Charlene Baldridge