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!
GINGER LEE VALENTINE is the new Evangeline the Oyster Girl, recreating the famous Bourbon Street act of the 1940s and ’50s. The act was officially passed on to her from the original Evangeline, Kitty West. Ginger is the shining star of Dallas’s burgeoning burlesque scene. She is the co-producer of the Ruby Revue at House of Blues Dallas, as well the Dallas Burlesque Festival, and Texas Tease-a-thon in Houston. She won “Best Tease” at the 2010 Texas Burlesque Festival. In 2011, she competed against the world’s top burlesque dancers and won the title of “Queen of Burlesque” at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival. A YouTube video of Ginger performing in Bustout Burlesque has gone viral, receiving over 1,640,000 views.
MISSY LISA is a fast-rising star in the burlesque scene. In April, she won the coveted title of “Miss Viva Las Vegas” at Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender at the Orleans Casino. Missy Lisa founded the Ruby Revue and the Dallas Burlesque Festival, and is the owner of the Ruby Room Studio, Dallas’ first burlesque dance studio. Seductive and talented, Missy Lisa’s diverse acts have earned her fans from coast-to-coast. She has performed in the New York Burlesque Festival, New Orleans Burlesque Festival, and has been a special guest in Chicago for Michelle L’amour’s Stripper’s Holiday (2011, 2012 and 2013).
MISS LOU LOU LA DUCHESSE De RIERE is Montreal’s answer to real royalty. Of Mohawk descent and one of the only first nations dancers in the biz, this knife-throwing, Martini-downing, sharp-shooting seductress has performed her hot brand of balls-to-the-wall burlesque all over North America, and despite her girlish demeanor, has over 15 years of singing, acting and rump shakin’ under her tiny garter belt. It’s time to practice your curtsies and bows, because Miss LouLou is here to show you that there’s no such thing as a Cherokee princess, but there IS such a thing as a Mohawk Duchess.
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.
CHARLOTTE TREUSE is an intoxicating flirt. A performer from a young age, she found her calling on the burlesque stage and has since been ceaselessly seducing show-goers. A recent transplant from Portland, Charlotte was the Dance Manager and a Company Dancer for “Orchestre L’Pow! Presents Big Time Burlesque” A classic show with a smoking hot five-piece band, delivering Bump and Grind to the sophisticated set. She is also a founding member of Portland’s highly respected Rose City Shimmy, a collation of some of the area’s premier performers. Charlotte has been seen on stages across the nation, at prestigious events such as Burlesque Hall Of Fame, New Orleans Burlesque Festival, Tease-O-Rama, and Viva Las Vegas.
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 (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.”
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