Aurora Darling stole the hearts of TUSH! Burlesque after responding to a want ad in Olympia Power & Light for a stage kitten. She has since mastered the art of the multi-task-master stage manager; wrangling strippers and performers backstage and ensuring seamless productions. With an extensive dance and performance background, this dramatically dark darling steps onto stage with ease and grace. Showcasing the influence from her belly dance background she balances suggestive isolations and breathtaking back-bends with coy, seductive, and sensual movement. Her smolder will melt your heart and make you feel squirmy in the best way. Don’t let her demure exterior fool you. Aurora will distract you with her intense stare as she toys with your heart and leaves you breathless.
Satan’s Little Sweetheart
An installation and comedic performance artist first and foremost, Bettie Beelzebub first performed burlesque as Lester Crafty The Bearded Lady at George Barker’s graduation show at UCLA entitled “Side Show Freaks” in 2006. With TUSH! Burlesque, and a new name, Bettie continued the work of Lester Crafty in her effort to explore the fine line between funny, beards, sad clowns, and boobies. With self-deprecating, sarcastic, unique humor that is loved by many but understood by few, Bettie pushes her vision of burlesque by literally dancing with the devil, ripping her clothes apart and falling down…a lot.
Watch out boys, she chews right through wood!
That’s right, Edyn Beaver loves to make you laugh while arousing your inner beast. This spicy yet sensual, tassle spinning tease broke away from 14 years of main street theater for a more tantalizing stage, luring crowds across Washington and
Oregon as a visual chew toy since 2012; ready to give you a ‘Dam’ good
treat and leave you hankering for more!
Ms. Hattie Hotpants
The Foxy Vox!
The Illustrious Ms. Hattie Hotpants has been performing and creating art since she could walk and talk, and has happily resigned herself to a life on the boards. Hosting and creating with TUSH! Burlesque was a natural transition in her career as an actress that was steadily progressing from student film to children’s theater–Ms. Hattie is more than grateful to be where she is with this wonderful troupe of dynamic individuals! The Hostess with the Mostess, the Foxy Vox, Ms. Hattie Hotpants can be seen far and wide, practically clothed and perfectly hilarious. www.leonzone.com
The Painted Pistol
Nani Poonani considers herself a lifelong devotee of the Hootchie Coo. Never great at keeping her clothes on, she lit out early for a life on the stage and has honed her hustle in the juke joints and gentlemen’s clubs of the Northwest, Southeast, and Southern California. It was for these chops that Nani was press-ganged into the nascent TUSH! collective, where she was immediately hooked on the creative possibilities (and slowly warmed back up to sequins). Since the founding of TUSH! Burlesque, Nani has performed throughout the Puget Sound region, using an eclectic and occasionally odd style of neo-classical striptease. Always seeking to stir, but not having completely won the battle with vanity, Nani attempts to create acts that straddle the line between startling and lovely (read: she’s fond of blood and once skinned herself alive to Bjork). She is most proud of her handmade costumes and agile derriere (that stuff takes work!) and is deeply grateful for the unwavering support TUSH! has found in Olympia.
Princess Lucky Buttons
Sitting On a Gold Mine!
Princess Lucky Buttons studied and performed ballet and bellydance before discovering the glittering world of burlesque. She graduated from Indigo Blue’s Burlesque 101 class in Olympia in 2009 with a few other budding burlesquers who would go on to join Olympia’s Own TUSH! Burlesque. Ms. Buttons was a Panty Wrangler at the very first TUSH! show, then shortly after was invited to join the troupe. Princess Lucky Buttons loves the freedom, empowerment, and glamour of the burlesque world. She is committed to continually growing and challenging herself in this exciting, sexy art-form.
A slinky, sinuous mover, Sly Violet has performed in many realities and genres before alighting upon the burlesque stage. She first put her talents on display when she began performing as a fire dancer in 2008, while also co-founding the tribal belly dance troupe Wild Honey, who performed off-center interpretations around the Puget Sound region. Adding icing to the cake of her creative inventions, she became a founding member of the notorious aerial art group, Tallhouse. In this forum, she partnered with other heavy hitters to produce some of the most jaw-dropping and captivating acts that the South Sound has ever seen in the aerial genre. Now, in a move that brings her back to her original and most poignant love and inspiration, vaudeville and cabaret, she has joined the renowned troupe TUSH! Burlesque. She brings something unusual, dark, varied and always brazenly rhythmic to the audiences that delight in her talent.
The Heroine of the Hoochie-Coo
Valerie Veils, known for her strength and grace, is an internationally renowned, award winning burlesque performer who has been dazzling crowds up and down the West Coast since 2008. This tattooed tart brings you the trifecta of tease by combining humor, sensuality, and keen-edged acrobatic skill which has earned her reputation of one of the best powerhouse performers around.
“The Heroine of the Hoochie Coo” Valerie has had the privilege of performing at The Burlesque Hall of Fame, The Colorado, New Orleans, Texas, Oregon, Humboldt, Kansas City, and Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. She was crowned the Queen of Roses at the Oregon Burlesque Festival in 2014 and received the award for Best Duet in 2015. Valerie was selected as judges pick for the Viva Las Vegas Competition in 2015 and most recently was crowned Princess of Kansas City Burlesque Festival in 2016.