Fivestar Boogie Productions
Fivestar Boogie Productions was founded in 2000 by Czarina Mirani. Our first project was the production of the play Cinderella at the Bailiwick Theater. The play was so successful that a second run at the Theater Building was added in 2002. Later that same year, we began Refuge a club night which became extremely popular among dancers and industry. Other productions include Ladies Night Out, The Girlie Show, and, in August 2005, Party Girl, each of which sold out the Hothouse.
The Fivestar Females have performed in venues and clubs all over Chicago, including Crobar, Ontourage, Big Wig, Berlin, Chromium, Domain and Café Allure. What sets Fivestar Boogie dance style apart is that they showcase urban dance forms that the general public is unaware of - styles such as house, juking, wacking, stepping and vogueing. It's not just hip-hop, as some think, but a fusion of difference styles into one.
A writer, dancer, actress, choreographer and founder of Fivestar Boogie Productions, Czarina Mirani is a Filipina/Indian born and raised in the Philippines. She received her BS degree in theater from Northwestern University. Upon graduation, she began working on a variety of films, commercials, industrials as well as modelled for various print work and fashion shows. Czarina also began acting for different Chicago theaters such as the Goodman, Appletree, Organic, European Repertory, Healthworks, Torso, Bailiwick, Strawdog and Collaboraction.
As a dancer, Czarina has performed for various companies and choreographers (including Joel Hall Dancers, Kirby Reed Ascension Project, GI Alliance, Elaine McLaurin, and Urban Junction), as well as several music videos. She has choreographed for Strawdog Theater and Factory Theater's hip hop plays (Behind the Howard Bowl 2 and Poppin' and Lockdown 1 and 2.)
In 2000 she submitted her writing samples to the Writers of the Americas program and was one of the few US writers to study for 2 weeks in Cuba with hip-hop monologist Danny Hoch. She produced, choreographed and starred in her first play, Cinderella: A Hip-Hop Tale of an Illegal Alien, a huge hit that went on to a second successful run at the Theater Building. Cinderella was also invited to do performances at the University of Chicago. She was featured in UR Magazine, Metromix TV, WCRX 88.1, 88.7's hip-hop show, and several college publications.
She began several projects from 2002-2005, such as Refuge, Ladies Night Out, The Girlie Show and, in August 2005, Party Girl. She was then voted as one of Pistil Magazine's groundbreaking women and featured in Today's Chicago Woman.
One of Czarina's biggest passions is her love for animals. She is an active volunteer and foster parent for PAWS, Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago Canine Rescue and Chicago Bullybreed Rescue. In early 2004 she threw a Valentine Prom benefit for the Furry Friends Foundation.
She is the publisher of the country's only House music publication, 5 Magazine.