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Skin Tight Outta Sight Rebel Burlesque is recognized as one of Canada’s pioneers in the Burlesque Revival. With nine years of sold-out shows under their sequined belts, this troupe bridges the gap between retro and revisionist with influences such as classical ballet, bump ‘n grind, Motown and just plain Out There!

The troupe got its start in 1998 in Toronto, when Founder, Tanya Cheex became Canada’s distributor for Skin Two Fetish Wear. Not content to market the clothing with traditional catwalk shows, Tanya got the idea to use the art of burlesque as a creative way to showcase the fashions. So Skin Tight Outta Sight was born! Tanya had always been inspired by the aesthetic of the Pin-up era and soon, the troupe developed to create retro bump ‘n grind acts, with very elaborate costumes. Over the years and with the addition of new troupe members, Skin Tight Outta Sight flourished to what it is today! Currently, the troupe has over one hundred different performance routines in their repertoire. They host a regular Cabaret night at the Cadillac Lounge, as well as putting together larger, themed shows such as their popular “Tiki Tease,” “Biblical Burlesque” and “Ay Carumba!” evenings at The Gladstone Hotel.

Past accomplishments include the 2004 production of “Bad Girls Run Amok,” the first collaborative burlesque show for local performers in Toronto, as part of the Mayworks Festival. Skin Tight Outta Sight also hosted their first show with International Guests, the “Go-Go Casino/ DD Double Feature Film Screening” in that same year. Since then, International Guest Stars have become a regular part of their shows, and have included Ming Dynatease and Ursulina from Lucha VaVoom, 2nd Runner-up 2006 for Miss Exotic World, Diamondback Annie, First Runner-Up 2004, Penny Starr Jr., First Runner-Up 2005, Torchy Taboo, and Miss Exotic World 2005, Michelle “Toots” L’Amour. Skin Tight Outta Sight has also performed for the New York Burlesque Festival, for Strange Sisters as part of Sexy Pride, the Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Competition, and Divers/Cite in Montreal. They were honoured to be the first Canadians to compete in the Miss Exotic World competition in 2005, and were featured in the “Best Troupe” category. Skin Tight Outta Sight also produced the first Burlesque Stage at Toronto’s Gay Pride Festival on June 24, 2006. Recent accomplishments include Guest Appearances at the world-renowned Spiegel Show at Harbourfront in 2007, their fourth appearance at the Miss Exotic World Burlesque Hall of Fame Pageant in Las Vegas, and journeys to perform in Los Angeles, Vancouver and Boston.

 

Skin Tight Outta Sight has been featured on the cover of Xtra! Magazine, the cover of the What’s On Entertainment section for The Toronto Star, the cover of NOW’s New Year’s Eve Guide, and in the pages of the Montreal Mirror, La Presse, The Village Voice, The Seattle Stranger, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Flare, and fab Magazine. Skin Tight Outta Sight has also been interviewed for numerous television appearances, including CBC, City TV, Vision TV, TVO, and Much Music.

 

Skin Tight Outta Sight has a strong history of community involvement. Using burlesque to challenge stereotypes around gender, body size, diversity and feminism, the troupe performs regularly at festivals and fundraisers for local arts organizations and social agencies. They are very active in the creation of the local burlesque scene in Toronto. They are the founders of The Toronto Burlesque and Vaudeville Alliance (www.groups.yahoo.com/group/toronto_burlesque_vaudeville_alliance) which welcomes other ecydysiasts to “Take it off!” in their fair city. In 2008, Skin Tight Outta Sight teamed with other luminaries of the alternative arts scene to produce Toronto's first juried International Burlesque Festival. www.torontoburlesquefestival.com

Skin Tight Outta Sight consists of the following performers – Tanya Cheex (Artistic Director); Sauci Calla Horra (Bookings/ Business Manager); Anastasia; CoCo LaCreme; Honey B. Hind, and Sexy Mark Brown.

 

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