FLAVA, club legend and international sensation brings his flashy costumes, high head pieces, and electric performance to Cathedral City LGBT Days.
Born Mark Martinez, Flava has been dancing all his life. He began his career in Las Vegas performing in the Siegfried and Roy show, but it was during his time abroad dancing in Europe’s most infamous dance clubs, which allowed him to hone his skills and launch his notoriety as a performer.
After three rewarding years performing with venerable talents Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas, Mark took a chance by following his instincts and moved to Stockholm, Sweden to explore his versatile and lively performance skills. He landed his first job at Patricia, Stockholm’s most notorious club, known for it’s extravagant and unique performers, it was clear his instincts had put him on the right path to success.
His androgynous appearance set him apart and garnered him laudatory reviews from his electric routines that set the stage alive. Mark landed in Paris, France and quickly rose in popularity becoming the Lead Dancer at Lido de Paris. While simultaneously performing at Queen in Paris, Mark was spotted by the producer of IT, the largest club in Amsterdam, and was asked to become the Lead Go-Go Dancer of IT. While in constant demand, Mark’s reputation grew so strong that he was often credited for bringing the excitement and flavor to nightlife. Hence, Mark’s stage name Flava was christened.
Mark has performed at venues around the world including the 25th anniversary of London’s famed Heaven Nightclub, The Black Party in Rio de Janero, Brazil, has appeared on the world’s largest gay cruises for Atlantis. He was named one of L.A.’s Icons in 2006 and was recently asked to return to his European roots & perform at Amsterdam’s Gay Pride events.
Flava has performed at major circuit party events including Jeffrey Sanker’s White Party in Palm Springs and Miami, and Gay Days Orlando. In constant demand for Pride celebrations throughout the U.S., Flava has also had the pleasure of performing with other top notch stage Divas including Inaya Day, Robin S, Jeanie Tracy, Kristine W., Extreme (Shokraw), Kitty Meow, Kevin Aviance and Power Infinity plus DJs including Paulo, Brett Henrichsen and Tony Moran to name a few.
Mark Martinez (aka Flava) was also seen, performing the roll of Sylvester in Gus Van Sant’s Motion Picture Milk, starring Sean Penn, James Franco, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna, Victor Garber and Josh Brolin in 2008.
Don’t be left out and miss your chance to bring Flava to your City / Venue / Event. After all you don’t want to be the one saying why didn’t we book him here ??