MEET THE PERFORMERS!
(She / Her)
"Polished, clever, and glamorous..." (Dita Von Teese)
"Kitten LaRue is like the Patti Smith of Seattle burlesque." (Burlesque Seattle Press)
"Seattle's biggest contribution to burlesque since Gypsy Rose Lee" (Seattlest)
"She’s an independent creative force and a woman of multiple pioneering talents" (Burlesque Seattle Press)
Kitten LaRue is the Artistic Director, Producer, Choreographer, and a starring member of Seattle's critically acclaimed burlesque supertroupe, THE ATOMIC BOMBSHELLS, and one half of multi-award winning dancing duo, Kitten N’ Lou, voted top 10 “Most Influential Figures in Burlesque” by BQ Top 50, and crowned “Best Duo” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame. As an original member of New Orleans' legendary Shim Sham Revue, Kitten has been at the forefront of the international Burlesque scene since 2001, featured in numerous U.S and international media, including Bust magazine, GQ magazine, USA Today, Tease! magazine, MTV.com, Seattle Magazine, Emmy-winning series Full Focus, The Craig Kilbourne Show, The Discovery Channel, Chase Jarvis' Seattle 100, and was featured on the cover of The Stranger and Boston Spirit Magazine. Kitten had also appeared on PBS dancing with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett for their Cheek To Cheek Live concert.
At the helm of THE ATOMIC BOMBSHELLS, Kitten has produced and toured to packed theaters in the U.S., China, and Europe, was a headlining performer at The Burlesque Hall of Fame's Legends showcase, has shared the stage with such luminaries as Dita Von Teese, Tura Satana, and Lady Gaga, and continues to produce wildly successful events all over the Northwest and abroad, including The historic Moore theater in Seattle, a sold-out headlining spot at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, and a yearly summer residency in Provincetown, MA. Kitten LaRue has also made her Off-Broadway debut at Ars Nova in NYC, and produced Australian tours with The Atomic Bombshells and Kitten N’ Lou.
Lou Henry Hoover
(He / Him)
Lou Henry Hoover is a multi-award winning drag/dance/boylesque artist and choreographer. He has been described as a purveyor of “hilarious dance magic,” and “a treasure beyond measure, a genius, a jewel, a muse” (The Seattle Stranger). As the first female-bodied person to win the title of “Best Boylesque” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame, Lou’s performance career is groundbreaking and multifaceted: he is often seen gracing the stage as a solo artist or with his showbiz-couple-better-half wife Kitten LaRue. Kitten N’ Lou are eminent headlining performers on the international burlesque circuit, were crowned Best Duo by The Burlesque Hall of Fame, and have toured their evening length duet show at Perth Fringe Festival, Joe’s Pub in NYC, and many other cities in the U.S.
Lou’s work has been supported by The Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, Artist Trust, The Bossak Heilbron Charitable Grant Foundation, has received residencies from Open Flight, Studio Current, and Century Ballroom, and was recognized by Seattle Magazine as a 2010 Spotlight Award Winner for his work with Cherdonna Shinatra. Lou’s choreography has been presented by such entities as ACT Theater, Bumbershoot, On the Boards, The Triple Door, Velocity Dance Center, Northwest Film Forum, and Century Ballroom. Favorite commissions include The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard, a music video for Stranger Genius Award winning band The Intelligence, and stage choreography for New Orleans Bounce artists Nicky Da B and The “Team Nicky” Bounce All-Stars. Lou holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan has taught extensively at Velocity Dance Center and Century Ballroom, in addition to workshops, conferences, and studios across the United States and Europe. Lou made his television debut as a fancy lady dancing with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in their PBS Great Peformances Series live concert “Cheek to Cheek.”