CAST FOR JANUARY 16th BUSTOUT BURLESQUE 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!
MISS STORMY GAYLE (Queen of Burlesque, 2015) is a New Orleans native and original cast member of Bustout Burlesque. She started her burlesque career as a chorus line girl in The Crazy Horse inspired show, La Revue, on Bourbon St. Though no stranger to other realms of entertainment, Stormy has consistently been a fixture in New Orleans entertainment working as a film actress, model and dancer for over a decade. While production is a passion, live performance has truly been the catalyst for her artistic expression! She has headlined shows at Viva Las Vegas, The Dallas Burlesque Festival, The Ink and Iron festival, The London Burlesque Festival, and many more.
CHERE NOBLE – The newest cast member of Bustout Burlesque, Chere Noble had her burlesque debut in Bad Girls of Burlesque in August of 2015. She is a regular cast member of Bad Girls of Burlesque, and performed this past September in the annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival.
NIKKI LE VILLAIN is a New Orleans based belly dancer and burlesque performer known for snake dancing
ELI ROSE “The Debonaire Mystic”, is a New Orleans based sword swallower, palm reader, sideshow performer and boylesque performer. He’s the cofounder The Little Top Circus and Medicine Show, New York’s most raucous turn-of-the-century revivalist tent show and Montreal’s Debonaire & Derriere production duo . He’s currently on tour across the United States peddling, his own brand of dashing death defiance!
CRESCENT CIRCUS – Morgan Tsu-Raun and Nathan Kepner began working together as The Crescent Circus in 2009. While Morgan started as a hula hoop performer and Nathan as a magician, when the two joined forces their performances grew to become a fusion of acrobatics, a variety of juggling arts and physical comedy. Beginning their work together as street performers in New Orleans, the duo quickly moved from the streets to stages across the country. Some of their most notable achievements have included being named “World Champion of Stage Magic” at the World Magic Seminar, performing at The Magic Circle in London and appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Now Nathan and Morgan regularly entertain for corporate events, colleges and festivals throughout the United States.
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.
THE BUSTOUT BURLESQUE JAZZ BAND
MATT BELL (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 (bandleader/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.”
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