And they said us “kandi kids” wouldn’t amount to anything. Add 21-year-old Saturn Reyes (yes, that’s really her name) to the list of partiers turned successful nightlife industry professionals thanks to her company, Body Talk GoGos.
“I started being a little raver when I was about 13 or 14, which is kind of bad I guess. But back then I was looking for a bit of a getaway, because I was in honors classes and had so much on my plate when it came to school and work,” Reyes says. “Dance music has always been something that I’ve really enjoyed.”
Always a familiar face at the teen-friendly Sounds of the Underground (SOTU) parties at the Fort Cheyenne Events Center—and known for her creative, colorful outfits—Reyes initially stepped on the go-go platform as a favor to her buddy DJ Greatwood during his set. “I didn’t know that I could go-go dance at all; I’d never really thought of it,” Reyes says. “I was just a theater nerd who dressed crazy at parties.” She was then offered a job dancing at all of the SOTU events and began recruiting others for her team. “I involved some girls who were really good and who didn’t just show up in their thongs and bras,” Reyes says, laughing. “Even when I was go-go dancing there at 16 and 17, I was wearing lots of layers. Of course as I got older I lost some layers, but I feel go-gos should have an equal balance of skin and clothing, always keep it classy, sexy, sassy—which is our motto.”
As she built a troupe and racked up gigs both in and out of Las Vegas, Reyes completed her business degree at the College of Southern Nevada to master all facets of running Body Talk GoGos (Reyes’ supportive mother suggested the name). “The name stuck because that’s the way I dance and that’s the way I like my girls to dance: You’re telling a story with your body—which is part of my theater background—with your motions. Whatever the DJ is feeling, you’re hoping to be able to take that emotion from their music and put it into a dance style to make it your own.”
Thus far, Reyes and her Body Talk GoGos have already amassed an impressive résumé that includes performing the past two years during Insomniac Events’ Electric Daisy Carnival and Nocturnal Wonderland, along with fellow troupes Team EZ and Fire ’n’ Ice Entertainment. Body Talk has also been featured at Extreme Thing on the Frequency dubstep stage, AWOL Productions events, Digital Madness spring break with DJ Bl3nd, Fright Dome, Burner parties, Shambhala in Canada, Big Bang in Denver and Love Freak in California. Additionally, Reyes and her dancers appear as promo girls for Shrapnel Streetwear among other apparel companies. And this was all before Reyes turned 21 in November.
“So many doors have already been opening for us since we started; I’ve had to turn down a lot of things because I wasn’t 21,” Reyes says. But now a new world of possibilities lies ahead for the troupe when paired with the right event. “My ideal client would be someone who is looking for uniqueness, not just a hair-flip 9-to-5 go-go, but a girl who knows how to perform, gets the crowd pumped and enjoys what they’re doing,” Reyes says. “My girls are always smiling and having a good time, trying to get the crowd involved.”
In addition to adding choreographed numbers, a bit of burlesque and fire acts to their repertoire, the costuming makes Reyes’ girls stand out from the average dancers. “Even though there are a lot of go-go girls or teams, the difference is that I make the costumes, I don’t just buy them,” Reyes says. “We get together and have craft nights, go thrift shopping to find articles of clothing and take them apart; a lot is repurposing and made from scratch. There are so many websites where you can go and buy all these pieces. And you might look cute because you’re all neon’d out and adorable, but what sets you apart?”