"TEASE, if you please!" is an authentic burlesque show presented in the vaudeville style that was so popular back in the early 1900's. Miss Donna Hood is so proud to bring “TEASE, if you please!” to Los Angeles and share the art of burlesque in a beautiful, classy setting. What makes this show different than any other show in Los Angeles is that you can walk into a beautiful art deco venue located right across the street from the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The dim lighting, decor, and jazz music playing really makes you feel like you took a trip back to the roaring 20's! Once you have enjoyed a delicious meal and hand-crafted cocktails you will be escorted to your table in an intimate, speakeasy theater. The waitstaff will always make sure you have a tasty cocktail, and even small bites if you choose. This theater has lighting and sound that brings each act to life!
Every act has been hand selected for their originality, stand-out stage presence, and show business reputation. These performers have performed all over the world, competing in some of the most prestigious burlesque competitions, and some have even performed with the undisputed Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese! You will be sure to be laughing, cheering, and always wanting more!
The show runs bi-weekly and no show is the same. So for those show-goers you will never see the same show twice! Feel free to stay and shake hands with our performers because after all we are here for you!
Get your ticket HERE before they sell out.
|MISS DONNA HOOD
Miss Donna Hood started performing at the ripe age of 4. Training in all styles of dance and performing with artist such as Usher, 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. Along the way she has met and performed with the amazing cast members of "Tease, if you please!" . This is Donna's first stage production and hopes to share the art of burlesque to Los Angeles in a whole new way.
Kristina Nekyia is a showgrrrl based in Hollywood California. She was the 2010 First Runner-Up for the title of Queen of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame competition in Las Vegas and she was the Hips of Fury Belly Dance Ultimate Soloist. Her dedication to the art of Mongolian contortion led her to study with the Mongolian Circus in Ulaanbaatar. She is on the board of directors for the largest burlesque educational nonprofit, BurlyCon, and she teaches contortion and flexibility fitness across the globe. Find more at www.kristinanekyia.com
Olivia Bellafontaine started her burlesque career with a show called Kubrilesque, a burlesque parody of all twelve Kubrick films. She toured with them in LA and Europe. Olivia has performed at various clubs and art galleries in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, San Diego, Boston, and Jamaica. She is also known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the highly successful Star Girls Burlesque. Olivia is inspired by Jodorowsky, Lynch, Kubrick, Tarantino and Pink Floyd. This has developed her style of burlesque combining dance, theatrical stage presence, and rock and roll. Olivia is also a theater and film actress.
Jessabelle Thunder has been bringing her thunder to audiences since 2010 and can be seen on various stages around LA including performing with the troupe Victory Variety Hour. She has also graced the stages of shows in Northern California, San Diego, Las Vegas and Colorado and has most recently become an international performer. Her style can best be described as high energy, shimmyy shakin', flirtatious and all around fun and blends modern and classic burlesque beautifully. This burlesque beauty has plans to take the whole world by storm! Keep an eye out and be prepared
Raised by a wolf-pack of wild musicians and artists, it's only natural Erica Holland would develop into a multi-faceted entertainer. Having studied Opera and dance from a very young age, she puts her talents to use traveling the globe as a professional choreographer, performer, and artistic director. When Erica isn't on tour; you can find her performing in exclusive shows around LA, dancing for Dita Von Teese, and collaborating with other artists to create pleasantly shocking underground shows for her brand new performance company Pervade Arts. www.facebook.com/dancefever
Tonya Kay is the Most Dangerous Woman In Hollywood http://themostdangerouswomaninhollywood.com. Called "The stand out dancer and star performer" at the Palms in Las Vegas by Frankie Tease Magazine and sighted as one of Los Angeles's "Top 100 Burlesque Beauties" by LA Weekly, Tonya Kay combines her endless specialty arts into some of the most dangerous, comedic, classic and entertaining acts you'll ever see. This hard-bodied professional dancer is a Platinum Stages-sponsored pole athlete and Second City-trained improvisor whom is as home on the mic hosting live shows as well. She has performed her famous Bullwhip Burlesque on Showtime, her Grinder Girl Burlesque on Comedy Central, her Snake Handling Burlesque on TLC and her specialties have appeared in the Lone Ranger, The Muppets Movie and recurring on Glee to name a few. Live, Tonya Kay is a company member of The Lalas, performs regularly with Gypsy Rose and the Dollface Dames and has performed with Burlesque Noir (ABQ), the Red Hotts Burlesque (SF) and at many a seedy bar nation-wide. Her newest acts are her pole dance solo and the rare Bathtub Burlesque in tribute to her burlyQ idol from the 1940s, Lili St. Cyr.
Ruby began her Burlesque craft in New York City by attending The New York School of Burlesque and debuted in Dec. ’06 . As a Petite Pinup, she's been featured in publications such as Bachelor Pad Magazine, Retro Lovely, Milk Cow, ALT, Ol' Skool Rodz, Car Kulture Deluxe, as well as modeled for specialty clothing designers. Ruby is also featured on Sort This Out Olde Tyme Soda Works' Cola bottle and Cover Model for Bachelor Pad Magazine's Nightcap Edition #2! In 2010, Ruby successfully earned her the title, "Miss Viva Las Vegas 2010" in the Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Competition. In 2012, she won "Best Soloist" in the ABurlyQ Burlesque & Sideshow Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has performed in New York Burlesque Festival, TeaseORama, ABurlyQ! Showcase, St. Louis Burlesque Festival, Southwest Burlesque Showcase, Colorado Burlesque Festival, and the list keeps growing! Ruby welcomes all opportunities to represent classic beauty, glamour, and petite pizazze!
|KLARA ELIAS (Singer)
Klara Elias, a native of Iceland, is the lead singer of "The Charlies", the most successful singer/songwriter girl-band in Iceland. Producing ten number one singles, three number one studio albums, one number one compilation album and one award winning book, The Charlies have had some major success. Klara toured with her band on three different arena tours in Europe, as an opening act to Girls Aloud, Westlife and McFly. Klara was nominated two years in a row and won the Annual Icelandic Listeners Award of FM957, where she was voted the Singer of The Year. After singing a cappella for the chairman and being offered a deal the same day, Klara moved to LA with her band and signed a record deal with Hollywood Records. Klara started working on her solo album in 2013 which is expected to release in early 2014. With her sultry look and her explosive voice she is definitely one to watch out for in 2014.
|EMILIE LIVINGSTONG (Contortionist)
At the age of eleven Emilie was on a plane to Novogorsk, Russia to train with world renowned coaches; Irina Viner and Lusi Dimitrova to pursue her dream of competing at the Olympics in rhythmic gymnastics. Emilie was three-time National Champion of Canada, Pan American Champion and was the youngest rhythmic gymnast ever to compete at an Olympic Games for the entire American continent. In her professional career Emilie has performed for Levis, Fruit of the Loom, Samsung, Sharp Aquos, TNT, Cox Communications, Shiseido Make-up, Neutrogena, Sketchers, Mercedes Benz, Under Armor, Fiat, Microsoft, Glee and The New York Times Magazine. Emilie was featured in Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and the Beat” music video doing aerial and on the LXD web series. She performed with Kanye West at Coachella and performed for Jennifer Lopez at the 2011 AMA’s and Christina Aguilera at the 2012 AMA’s and most recently at the Grammy’s for Taylor Swift.
|TESS POLOCHEK (Singer)
Tess Polachek is a young artist who recently moved to Los Angeles from NYC. She recently graduated from Syracuse university with a BFA in musical theater, and is excited to be in Los Angeles performing and pursuing her dreams in music and acting. Her credits include performing as Sandy in on off broadway performance of grease, and appearing in an A&E bio series of the seven deadly sins.
A trail-blazing little person in the entertainment world, Selene Luna, at 3’10″, is a small package with a very big presence. A veteran of the stage and screen, Selene cut her teeth performing in clubs and art venues, and quickly became a darling of Hollywood’s underground scene. An original member of the Velvet Hammer Burlesque, Luna tours internationally and performs regularly with the undisputed Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese. Luna is probably best known for her role in Lionsgate’s feature, My Bloody Valentine 3D, and her role as Margaret Cho‘s assistant in Vh1′s The Cho Show – a performance that landed her a nomination for MTV LOGO’s NewNowNext: Brink of Fame: Comic Award. To date, Luna has written and performed six original one-woman shows, most recently Born to Be Alive, produced by the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center. Luna’s stand-up comedy has led her to work alongside comedy legends Roseanne Barr and Robin Williams. Luna’s most celebrated stand-up comedy credit has been opening for Margaret Cho’s MOTHER Tour, summer 2012-spring 2013. Selene Luna is currently the host of her own radio show, Lunatic Fringe on the Universal Broadcasting Network .
“A polished spitfire.”
–THE NEW YORK TIMES
“[Luna] a walking ball of comic defiance, which is exactly what stand-up is supposed to be.”
“A delightful emotional rollercoaster… makes you leave the theater satisfied that you are perfect just the way you are! … This show has EVERYTHING I look for in an evening of entertainment.”
“…the blistering self-assurance of Gypsy Rose Lee.”
|MYNXII WHITE (Stage Kitten)
Make-up artist, esthetician, writer, model; all-around beauty extraordinaire. Considers cosmetics as an art form: Mynxii White is an artist; the human face her canvas. She exhibits aesthetic beauty, not only of herself in her modeling, but also that of her clients who seek her mastery of cosmetic and hair-styling skills. Working alongside notorious photographers and music artists across the nation, she has developed a keen understanding of a wide variety of beauty and executes the ability to achieve any client’s desired look. Since the year 2000, Mynxii has labored to constantly improve and fine-tune her skills by working with notable companies such as Toni&Guy, touring with Kanye West, and working on set at RuPaul's Drag Race and Samsung. By 2004, her exemplary skills were recognized and duly awarded her as being Tony&Guy’s Make-up artist of the year 2004 in all of North America and Canada. She is the Contributing Online Beauty Editor for FLAUNT Magazine,Beauty Editor for Style Defined NYC, Buzzmaker for Buzznet ,and is currently exemplifying her artistic skills within her position with the Rex Agency. http://www.therexagency.com/artists/mynxii-white Mynxii White, a virtuoso of her art, possesses dexterous and proficient talents to help make the world more beautiful, one client at a time.
Our show kicks off every other Friday at Bar Fedora at First and Hope: 710 West 1st. Street. Los Angeles, CA 90012!
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