Queen of Burlesque

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
The Theater at Harrah’s New Orleans
Showtime 7:30pm
This show accompanied entirely by a live traditional jazz band!
Reserved seating. No photography allowed during the show.

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The Queen of Burlesque is a competition among the world’s sexiest, talented, and glamorous burlesque dancers. Focused on classic and traditional burlesque, each contestant performs a striptease with the accompaniment of a live traditional jazz band. A panel of celebrity judges selects the title-holder who will be crowned by Queen of Burlesque 2013 Medianoche.

The Queen of Burlesque is produced by Rick Delaup. The New Orleans Burlesque Festival jazz band is Matt Bell (bandleader/guitar), Doc Richards (drums), Jim Thornton (trumpet), Mike Jenner (sax), and Greg Schatz (upright bass).

KITTEN ON THE KEYS (San Francisco, CA) Award-winning songwriter and musician  Suzanne Ramsey aka Kitten on the Keys is a second generation burlesque musician. Kitten got her  musical education playing piano in churches, and retirement homes. She played the glockenspiel in the High School Marching band, played keyboards in various all girl psychedelic bands in the 80’s, including Sugar Baby Doll with Courtey Love. Her favorite musical moment was when she played “My Girl’s Pussy” on her idol Liberace’s mirrored Baldwin Grand Piano in Las Vegas for a group of stunned tourists. She is thrilled to have been involved with Kitty Hartl’s Cabaret New Burlesque for 10 years as the musical mistress of ceremonies. Her current occupation finds her getting naked for school children before 8:30 am- as a nude figure model for an art school. Kitten on the Keys has a variety of self produced CD’s available on iTunes some singles with French DJ’s Bart and Baker and recently recorded some feminine cabaret versions of her favorite male punk and rock icons on piano and vocals called “Sputnik D’Amour”
MISS EMMA & HER BAND OF BOYFRIENDS (San Francisco, CA) Miss Emmma currently holds court on the stages of San Francisco as a guest host, emcee, and smoldering chanteuse of several burlesque and variety shows including Trapeze, Supper Club, and Boom Town Review. She’s also performs burlesque  jazz and the blues around California with her ever handsome and rotating Band of Boyfriends.
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY QUEEN OF BURLESQUE 2103, MEDIANOCHE! In 2013 Medianoche was crowned Queen of Burlesque at NOBF, won the coveted Crystal Corset Award in the Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival, and was featured for the third year in a row in 21st Century Burlesque‘s list of Top 50 Burlesque Performers worldwide. In 2014 she was awarded 1st Runner-Up at the Burlesque Hall of Fame. She has also performed in numerous festivals, including Viva Las Vegas, and the New York Burlesque Festival – where she was awarded a Golden Pastie for her “alluring gaze”. Medianoche has been a member of Dita von Teese’s Strip Strip Hooray! cast; dazzled Canada with the World Famous Pontani Sisters; and charmed audiences as far away as St. Petersburg, Russia.
RUSSELL BRUNER (Portand, OR) of Swing Time PDX and Wanderlust Circus, won Best Boylesque at the 2012 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend. He is known to perform up and down the West Coast from the Pink Door in Seattle to Monday Night Tease in LA as a song and dance man. He’s also a regular performer in the productions of Sinn Savvy in Portland, and he loves feeling right at home in the birthplace of Jazz.
QUEEN OF BURLESQUE CONTESTANTS
HAVANA HURRICANE (United Kingdom) By name and by nature Havana Hurricane has been taking the UK’s burlesque scene by storm. Inspired by the Golden Era of burlesque and the world of the new Cabaret Havana puts her own stamp on the art of striptease. By combining the passion for decorative costumes, a creative mind, her vivacious take on old fashioned bump ‘n’ grind and foremost a desire to entertain. As voted for by the burlesque community in 21st Century Burlesque Magazine’s  ‘Top 20 UK Performers’ 2013, Havana Hurricane is one whirlwind you simply will not want to miss.
ELLE DORADO (New Orleans, LA) has been a performer her entire life. 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 U.S. 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. This past September, she debuted the first striptease ice-skating act in burlesque at the 5th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival, and in November she headlined the 1st Annual Iowa Burlesque Festival. In April 2014, Elle won 1st Runner Up in the Miss Viva Las Vegas competition at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
TESSA VON TWINKLE (Indianapolis, IN), the slinky, seductive performer and producer of the “Improv-a-Tease Burlesque Series” intertwines the beauty of vintage style and glamor with a raw and randy charisma. This independent burlesque gem has been creating and showcasing her “naughty with a smile” style steadily since 2009, throughout the Midwest and beyond in showcases and burlesque festivals across the U.S. Whether in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Saint Louis, Chicago, Kansas City, or closer to home, this pioneer of the Indiana neo-burlesque scene known as, “The Galactic Gem with One Hell of a Shine” never ceases to delight and excite her audiences.”
ATHENA (New Orleans) Labeled “Goddess of the Bodice” by the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Athena has performed with the hit-show Bustout Burlesque 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 has performed annually in The New Orleans Burlesque Festival, and debuted her own hi-energy revue, Siren of the South at House of Blues last September.
MISS DONNA HOOD (Los Angeles, LA) started performing at the ripe age of 4. Training in all styles of dance and performing with artist such as Usher, Neyo, Skrillex, Snoop Dogg, and Kaskade, she is no stranger to the stage. Donna moved from Houston, TX to Los Angeles, CA in the summer of 2010 and immediately started performing. One of her first bookings was a spot performing in the touring burlesque show “Strip Strip Hooray!” with Dita Von Teese. Working alongside one of the biggest names in burlesque history inspired Donna to create her own acts and start performing them as much as possible. Donna then started performing all over the US, and eventually started performing and competing in some of the highest respected festivals. In April of 2014, Donna was crowned “Miss Viva Las Vegas,” and then just two short weeks later took home the crown at the Kansas City Burlesque Festival! Watch out! This star is headed straight for the top!
LYDIA DECARLLO (Vancouver, Canada)  Inspired equally by the performance style and elegance of Lili St Cyr, mixed with the classic beauty of Lily Munster, she has become known as Canada’s international Burlesque Darling,’ Miss DeCarllo’s burlesque career has allowed her to take off her clothing around the world. Traveling extensively through out North America and Australia she has been a honoured guest for The Texas, Atlanta, Vancouver this will be Lydia’s 4th appearance at The New Orleans Burlesque festival. She was the only Canadian competitor selected by the judges to compete at Viva Las Vegas 15 burlesque competition and came in first runner up! Won ‘Most likely to take over the world’ and “Classic Charm’ awards at the 2013 Vancouver Burlesque Festival.
CHARLOTTE TREUSE (New Orleans, LA)  is an intoxicating flirt. A performer from a very young age, she found her calling on the burlesque stage in 2008 and has since been ceaselessly seducing show-goers. Charlotte has been seen across the county, performing for critically acclaimed conventions and festivals, including The New Orleans Burlesque Festival, The Burlesque Hall of Fame, Tease-O-Rama, Viva Las Vegas, The , Ink-N-Iron, Hot August Nights, The Show-Me Burlesque Festival, The Kansas City Burlesque Festival, and many, many more.
IRIS LE’MOUR (Dallas, TX), the “Exotic Flower of Burlesque”, is a native born Texan infamous for her dangerous curves that have been known to drive men and women into a state of carnal frenzy. She possesses the four B’s that are necessary for a woman to succeed – beauty, brains, boobs, and booty. Staying true to the Texan girl in her, she keeps everything big – big hair, big smile, big props, and BIG personality. She holds such titles as Miss Burlesque America 2012, 1st runner up in the prestigious 2013 Miss Viva Las Vegas Competition, 2013 Queen of the Sweet Tease at the 2013 Carolina Burlesque Festival, 2013 Queen of Great Southern Exposure, and most recently, she won the Tammi True “Future Legend of Burlesque” Award at the 2014 Dallas Burlesque Festival. She’s exotic, erotic, and whole lot hypnotic.