CAST FOR NOVEMBER 14th SHOW AT HOUSE OF BLUES
|ELLE DORADO is one of America’s most exciting classic striptease dancers. As a nationally and internationally ranked competitive figure skater, she has been trained in the art and discipline of many forms of dance, and incorporates them into her respective routines. As a figure skater, Elle Dorado has performed in Switzerland, France, Italy, Russia, Canada, and across the United States. She was the only American to be admitted into the Russian Olympic training facility, Novogorsk. Transitioning to burlesque has garnered her a lot of attention. She is known for her exuberant take on the classic bump and grind. In September 2013, she debuted the first striptease ice-skating act in modern burlesque, and in November she headlined the 1st Annual Iowa Burlesque Festival. In September 2014, Elle won the Queen of Burlesque title at the 6th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival at Harrah’s New Orleans!|
|ATHENA – Labeled “Goddess of the Bodice” by the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Athena has performed with the hit-show Bustout Burlesque (running monthly at House of Blues New Orleans) since early 2006. Athena is a New Orleans native, but gets her exotic good looks from her Greek heritage. This well-rounded entertainer sings and dances, making her a favorite among audiences. She has appeared on the MTV productions My Super Sweet Sixteen, O Music Awards, and MTV’s MADE. She also appeared in in an episode of HBO’s Treme. In 2012 and 2013, Athena performed with Bustout Burlesque at Viva Las Vegas at The Orleans Hotel & Casino. In 2013, she auditioned for the celebrity judges on American Idol, receiving the golden ticket to Hollywood. Athena performs annually in The New Orleans Burlesque Festival, and will make her second annual appearance in the Iowa Burlesque Festival in October.|
|KRISTINA NEKYIA is a burlesque performer, dancer, and circus contortionist based in Los Angeles, California. She is known for her intense physicality, impressive flexibility, and wide range of performances ranging from classic burlesque to provocative theatrical acts.|
|NIKKI LE VILLAIN made her burlesque debut in NYC for Wasabassco Burlesque in 2005, having been a professional belly dancer and snake charmer prior to that. As one of NYC’s most sought after performers, she was one of the artists in residence in 2013 for Calamity Chang’s weekly “Room 69″. She has performed in the Montreal Burlesque Festival, as well as in Paris.
|DANTE is Bustout Burlesque’s Master of Ceremonies. Over the past decade Dante has presented his various magic shows professionally more than two thousand times. These consummate performances have delighted and amazed audiences all over the United States and in more than a dozen countries around the world. Dante has been emceeing Bustout Burlesque for over three years. When not performing magic, Dante plays trumpet and baritone with a variety of bands.
|GOGO MCGREGOR has been traveling and performing all over the country for the past five years. She’s known nationally for her gorgeous feather fan dancing, as well as her death defying Bed of Nails act! She has toured the country with such acts as The 999 Eyes Freakshow & Sideshow (Austin), Beggars Carnivale (St. Louis), The Show Me Burlesque Tour, and her most recent project The VagaBandits (New Orleans). GoGo mixes the class of old Burlesque with the fun and excitement of the Circus & Sideshow. She’s won such awards as “Best Burlesque Performance” St. Louis 2010 River Front Times, was named champion of the national Shimmy Showdown 2010 and voted #32 in “Top 50 Burlesque Performers in the World” 2011 (21st Century Burlesque). Besides Burlesque and Sideshow, GoGo is also a stunning emcee, pin up model, Vaudevillian and seamstress.|
|DR. SICK (New Orleans, LA) is a man of many words, hats, talents, and names. Known far and wide as “FiddleKiller”, he is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, playing violin (and all other strings), guitar, piano, drums, harmonica, brass, and homemade instruments, to name a few. All this and a powerful baritone singer and comic song writer, he honed his theater skills while performing for 3 years in the Asylum Street Spankers (Austin, TX). He then took a new direction towards circus and burlesque, co-founding the Carousel Cabaret (Austin, TX) and traveling as musical director with the 999 EYES Freakshow, the latter of which is still in full operation. You can also see him performing around the U.S. with GoGo McGregor in their Circus/Vaudeville/SideShow/Burlesque duet, The VagaBandits (New Orleans, LA). Since moving to New Orleans, Dr. Sick has performed with top notch musicians all over the French Quarter, Marigny, and Garden District, and has been guest host with Bustout Burlesque at the House of Blues.|
|MATT BELL (bandleader/guitar) Following an ever-growing thirst for music, deep rooted and real, Matt Bell has found his place in New Orleans. A musician for 17 years, he harbors a fondness for collaborating with artists of different disciplines. Bell has participated musically in groups ranging from tribal belly dance to circus, to theater and cabaret. It is no surprise to find Matt now filling the musical chair of bandleader, guitarist, and arranger of the Bustout Burlesque jazz band.|
|MIKE JENNER (sax/clarinet) Saxophonist Michael Jenner was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has spent the last fourteen years in New Orleans. The hard bop of Pittsburgh and the street beats of New Orleans have been crucial to the development of his music. Jenner released his debut album “The Michael Jenner Group” in 2002 and holds degrees from Loyola University New Orleans and Middle Tennessee State University. Recent credits include Kermit Ruffin’s “Happy Talk,” on Basin Street Records and appearances with Frankie Valli, Eric Lindell, Renard Poche, and Leif Pedersen’s 1944 Big Band.|
|JIM THORNTON (trumpet) Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Jim Thornton is a self-taught trumpet player. Having accepted the philosophical challenge that “good music should make a woman take off her clothes,” it is no wonder that his playing comprises a balance of sweet, disarming melodies and growls, grunts, flutter tongueing, and general plunger mute nastiness. Jim is owner of JGT Group, LLC which provides specialized legal support services to some of the nation’s best attorneys. As his parents often remind him, while Jim plays Burlesque, his brother sings in a church choir.|
|GREG SCHATZ (bass) is a multi instrumentalist who plays piano and accordion as well as electric & upright bass. In addition to performing with a wide variety of New Orleans ensembles as a sideman he also writes and performs original music with his own band Schatzy. He has been playing with the Bustout Burleque Jazz Band since 2007.|
|DOC RICHARDS (drums) Doc Richards is a third generation New Orleanian, who has worked as a drummer since the 1960s. He’s played with Frankie Brent, Bobby Stevens, Freddy Palmisano, Rosario Purpura, Red Schroeder, Ronnie Cole, Bobby Cure, Bobby Lanero, and three Elvis impersonators! Doc has been a favorite with the Jerry Christopher’s Big Easy Jazz Band for over 6 years. He has frequently been called upon to play with “Dr. Jazz” aka Russell Steele since 2006. Doc has been laying down the booms and crashes for Bustout Burlesque since the show was revived after Hurricane Katrina in early 2006. The Times-Picayune’s David Cuthbert proclaimed Doc Richards “beats those skins with a Gene Krupa-like intensity.”|