Ohio Burlesque presents
The 5th annual The Roxy Remembered.
May 23rd at The Beachland Ballroom.
Toni Elling (pictured) now 87 was born May 13th, 1928 in Detroit, MI.
Toni Elling began performing burlesque in the 1960s when very many dancers were giving up their pasties. Elling jump-started her career in Detroit’s The Flame Show Bar dancing for singer Jackie Wilson. In Cleveland, she performed at Sorma's (St Clair and E.26) for about two weeks during the first two years of her performing career. While in Cleveland, another dancer claimed the city was known for enjoying "floor work," but Elling replied, "I hate getting dirty." Instead, Elling preferred evoking classic elegance and refused to be held to the savage standards the then-segregated industry had for performers of color. She never allowed those standards to stop her from pursuing success and she was no stranger to the spotlight, having rubbed elbows with some of the best in the industry. She counted bandleader Duke Ellington, fighter Joe Louis, entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. and Earl "The Fatha" Heinz amongst her friends.
Toni Elling was awarded the 2014 Living Legend of the Year Award by the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. She is known for her kindness and willingness to help and
nurture many of today's performers.
Bella Sin (Cleveland) and Lushes La Moan (Detroit)
and Local Feature Doll Bambino
Will be dancing thru the night along with Eliza Sidecar, Daphne Dangerfield, Charlotte "Slim" Pastie and Mahsitti Jade.
VIP $40 7:00PM Entry with Meet and Greet
GA $17 / Doors $20
VIP and Reserve Ticket Holders will receive an Original 1959 Admission ticket from The Roxy as a keepsake from The Ohio Burlesque Festival collection. A Sign poster along with small gifts.
This Show is Sponsored by In The 216 Located in Coventry.
We Hope to see you there to celebrate our past and look forth our future.