GLCC 2018 MENTORING Legends
Meet our mentoring legends for 2018! More announcements to come regarding additional mentors and guest mentors!
Born in Boston Lincolnshire, England in the 1950's, Gabriella began performing in 1970 and is still going strong. Gabriella has been a showgirl, a Burlesque dancers and an exotic dancer. She performed burlesque for as long as she could, and when it died out, she changed with the times and became a Exotic Feature dancer. Gabriella later moved to the United States to retire but came out of retirement in 2011 when she found out about the Burlesque Hall of Fame. Since then, she hasn't stopped: She's been a featured Legend across the US, including Atlanta, Washington DC, Charleston, Baltimore, Greensboro, New Orleans, Dallas, and Portland.
She did her first walk in the Walk of Fame in Las Vegas in 2013 and her first Burlesque Hall of Fame performance in 2014. Gabriella has also performed in Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Spain, Iran, Iraq, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, and North Africa. She has many styles of performance from classic to neo and was voted 2013 winner of Best T & A. She is the executive producer and founder/owner of the GLCC.
Photo by Photolena.
Ms. Judith Stein: That lady divine! Canada's golden gift to burlesque began her rollicking international career as a stripper in the mid 1970's when she answered an ad for "topless go-go girls- no experience necessary" and knew she had found her calling as she watched the strippers work their magic on the burlesque stage. Mentored by some of greatest names in this industry in 1974 she too was ready to strip, entertain, and see the world from the footlights of burlesque stage and never looked back! From Alaska to new Zealand and all points in between, "ripping her clothes off in wild abandon" for seventeen years of adventure. From upscale nightclubs to low-down honky-tonks, she finally settled in the small town of Nelson BC, Canada to pursue her love of powder skiing and community. Thanks to Fannie Annie and the Canadian burlesquers, she was re-discovered in 2010. Judith had, with great surprise and utmost gratitude, found herself once again upon the burlesque stages of North America, doing what she loves.
Performing under the name Pearl Divine in the early 1970s, local Bay Area burlesque legend Madame E spent the decade working in the seedier parts of cities like Honolulu, Los Angeles, Guam, and Las Vegas. She encourages new performers to take their craft seriously and take any dance classes: “Standing on stage and taking your clothes off is not performing, as far as I’m concerned, no matter how cute your act is, or how hot your body is.” “Be kind to your sister performers, there’s no room in this business for jealousy or catfighting. It’s a sisterhood. I am so proud of the young women who are keeping the art of striptease alive.”
Miss Nude Universe 1975, Tiffany Carter began her burlesque career at the infamous Pink Pussycat in Hollywood, California. An active, in-demand entertainer with Blaine’s American Showgirl agency, Tiffany toured the US, Canada, and Japan from the late 1960’s through the 1980’s. Tiffany has come out of burlesque retirement and become one of the most beloved and booked burlesque legends within the international neo-burlesque community.
Pioneer of the French burlesque revival in the early 80's, this European legend in Europe has toured worldwide and been featured in a variety of locales both remote and well-known. Miss Botero prides herself on being a historical French burlesque monument, as one of the only remaining ones from those far away days when burlesque was a rude word.
Miss Botero can adapt her acts to any stage and venues as she been a professional entertainer all of her life. Today. she is almost retired, and she does not censor myself anymore. She says: "I go deep into my guts and soul to bring what I have held back for years, and guess what? It never worked so well! My acts are asked for all over, and I am so happy and emotional each time i am called to teach or show what I can do best: European rooted burlesque. So don't expect of me to teach you American burlesque even if I can... but let me introduce you to the roots of burlesque, may they be acted or danced. I'm all about tricks and and meanings, intentions and being true."
Dusty Summers, billed as “Las Vegas’ Only Nude Magician,” was a dancer, magician, and emcee for twenty-four years featuring in nightclubs and theatres across the U.S. and Canada. She operated her own clubs in San Angelo, and Grand Prairie, Texas. Moving back to Las Vegas in 1991, she became a dealer and a pit boss at Circus Circus retiring in 2005. Returning to the stage in 2006 for the first time in twenty-five years, she is recognized as a Legend of Burlesque by the Burlesque Hall of Fame.
Since then, she has continued to perform burlesque and magic across the country and locally. She is also the author of The Lady Is A Stripper/Memoirs of Las Vegas’ Only Nude Magician, The Golden G-String, and The Magical World of Burlesque. Dusty was a featured performer in Vegas Nocturne at the Cosmopolitan in 2014, which closed in July after a 25 week run. She has also been inducted into the Entertainers Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.
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The original King of Burlesque, Tigger! is a recognized pioneer of today's burlesque scene as both an acclaimed performer and educator. He has been an actor all his life -- "acting like a stripper" since 1992 years. Using his degree in theatre, his experience teaching college acting, and nearly 40 years on the stage (from Shakespeare to Shimmy), he employs his theatrical training & perspective to break down what makes a burlesque performer stand out from the herd.
Egypt Blaque Knyle
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Egypt Blaque Knyle is an award winning burlesque performer and professional dancer, as well as model, actress and business woman, who has been dancing since the age of four. She has traveled the world with many dance companies and celebrity artists.
Egypt has worked in the naughty entertainment field for many years exotic dancing worldwide as a Headliner. Egypt debuted her first Neo Burlesque routine “The Question of You” in the Monday Night Tease Exotic Titty Prince Review after graduating from the Lili’s School for Wayward Girls in 2012.
Egypt Blaque Knyle was born and she continues to dazzle with her acrobatic sexiness and
sultry tantalizing dance movement. With a very intensive background in dance Egypt wows her audience as the girl who put all the B’s in Burlesque: she’s brainticious, booblicious, bodacious, and bootylicious.
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Sweetpea been stripteasing her way into the hearts (and parts) of audiences for nealy 14 years. From being a pioneer and titan of the Twin Cities’ neo-burlesque movement, to headlining national and international festivals, as well as producing powerhouse events, the six-time competitor at The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend is the the current reigning Princess of Burlesque. This multiple title-holding burlesque superstar and superfan also dedicates her time offstage to her "forebarers" as BHoF's Head of Legends Matters and producer of the Titans of Tease Legends' Showcase, and loves to help mentor up-and-comers or those looking for how to discover, nurture & express their love of life and performance arts through her Studio Sweet.
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Multi-award-winning performer Matt Finish, notably the 2015 Burlesque Hall of Fame King of Burlesque and the 2015 Golden Legend Champion, hails from Tucson, AZ where he is a co-founder. producer, and performer with Don't Blink Burlesque. He began his career studying at Fanny's Fox Den and performed with Black Cherry Burlesque. In February 2013, he joined Ida Tapper, Scarlotta Sparkle and Fanny Galore in forming Don't Blink Burlesque. He is also a producer of The Arizona Burlesque Festival
Matt also found the #StripLocal movement encouraging local burlesque communities to create shows specifically casting local performers.