2019 mentoring Legends
and Guest Mentors
Meet our mentoring Living Legends of Burlesque and guest mentors for 2019
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.
Pioneer of the French burlesque revival in the early 80's, this European legend has toured world. Miss Botero prides herself on being a historical French burlesque monument, as one of the only remaining from those far away days when burlesque was a rude word.
She says: "I go deep into my guts and soul to bring what I have held back for years, and guess what? My acts are asked for all over. 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 burlesquers... but let me introduce you to the roots of burlesque. I'm all about tricks and meanings, intentions and being true."
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.
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.”
Dee Milo - The Venus of Dance, started burlesque in New Orleans in 1949 and became a headliner performing nationally and internationally. During her career she, performed in Japan, Mexico, and all over the USA and toured with the USO.
In 1964 Dee Milo moved to Salt Lake City, and at the urging of her family quit burlesque and burned her burlesque memorabilia. Years later, a box was found in the attic that had Dee Milo’s red sequin mermaid gown. This same dress would later be worn on stage when she came out of retirement in 1995 and performed at Miss Exotic World. Since then Dee Milo has performed at Tease-O-Rama, the Burlesque Hall of Fame, and burlesque festivals or events around the country.
Opal Dockery is an award-winning actress, writer, poet and filmmaker. A former burlesque dancer for over 20 years performing under the name Melissa St John, she is the author the inspirational autobiography Thoughts of a Stripper: A Mother's Story. Opal Dockery has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. She is the featured subject of the new award-winning feature film burlesque documentary The Old Stripper
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". She had found her calling. 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. In 2010 she was re-discovered and found herself once again upon the burlesque stages of North America, doing what she loves.
At the age of seventeen Bic Carrol got his first choreography job, within the year he would become the producer/choreographer for the Follies Burlesque Theatre in Chicago IL. Where he produced, costumed and choreographed a weekly revue. By the age of 21 he was living in Paris working at the Chez Noir a nude revue. Bic Carrol is considered to be one of the first male striptease stars.
He was also trained by burlesque costumier Tony Midnite. Bic Carrol’s work has been seen in every major casino in Las Vegas. He has won the Las Vegas Costumer of the Year Award twice.
2019 Guest Mentors
Introducing our 2018 winner and a guest mentor for 2019
Rebel Belle, The 2018 Golden Legends Champion is the co-founder of The Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue and Producer of The Savannah Burlesque Festival! In addition to being a burlesque performer, Rebel has over 20 years of experience in ballet, hip hop, contemporary, modern, jazz, and musical theatre, and currently works as a professional choreographer and dance competition judge! Her burlesque Style is a mixture of dance, dramatics and badassery. This fierce fire ball hopes to be bustin balls and breaking boundaries for many years to come!
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 travelled the world with many dance companies and celebrity artists. After graduating from Lili’s School for Wayward Girls in 2012. Egypt was born into burlesque and continues to dazzle in all forms of burlesque styles.
Lily Star is a theatrical performer turned burly girl and has been performing burlesque in Las Vegas since 2012. Lily is a musical theatre choreographer and dance instructor who has been privileged to stage opening production numbers for Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender hosts, Blanche DeBris and Jonny Porkpie and for the Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival. Lily volunteers at the Burlesque Hall of Fame museum and also performs with burlesque legends, Tiffany Carter and Lovey Goldmine.
Known for her classical dance background, her performance credits include The BURLESQUE Show in Atlantic City, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Uncle Flyod's Last Traveling Burlesque Show, and Celeste Giuliano's Pin-up Peep Show, a well as appearing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, & Amateur Night at the Apollo. Miss Noir is a regular at Duane Park, the Visionary Tattoo Fest, and the 2016 Promenade of Mermaid's Grand Marshall. She was crowned at the 2015 Golden Legends Championship Challenge under the mentorship of Burlesque Legend Gabriella Maze, as well as a runner up in the 2016 Crystal Corset.