Dustin M. Wax, Executive Director
Dustin holds an M. Phil. (ABD) in cultural anthropology from the New School for Social Research in New York City, and has taught anthropology and gender studies at both University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the College of Southern Nevada since 2003. He is strongly committed to Nevada arts and culture, has served on the boards of several local arts and cultural organizations, and currently sits on the board of the Nevada Museums Association. He is the editor of Anthropology at the Dawn of the Cold War: The Influence of Foundations, McCarthyism, and The CIA and author of Don’t Be Stupid: A Guide To Learning, Studying, And Succeeding At College.
Buttercup, Program Assistant
Buttercup is a burlesque performer, instructor, and costumer in Las Vegas, Nevada. She hails from New York City where she studied at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Along with her skilled voice and movement, Buttercup incorporates traditional burlesque elements into her routines. Her fan-dance, bump and grind and tassel and assel twirling create unforgettable acts which embody beauty and eroticism with light-hearted flair. Buttercup has been a featured entertainer in burlesque, comedy and variety shows in Las Vegas and across the country.
Dahl Suicide, Retail Coordinator
Dahl Suicide is a burlesque performer, producer, and costume designer in Las Vegas. She began her pastie career in 2015 just after moving to Las Vegas, dancing with the SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque company. She has surrounded herself with all aspects of the burlesque scene and sparkle ever since, from learning the rich history of this art form to producing shows and designing costumes. She is part owner of Pussycat Productions Burlesque company as well as performing in the company. She’s here to keep the history, art, and traditions of burlesque alive and well!
Darby Fox, Collections Assistant
Darby has been performing as a stripteaser and emcee on burlesque stages since 2011. Drawing from her studies as a trained historian, Darby integrates the naughty playfulness and comedy, that has historically always been a part of burlesque, into her acts. A native to the City of Sin, Darby is also a model specializing in pin-up, bellydancing, and is a life-long yogi. She has been a pose and performance coach since 2013. Using her years of yoga and modeling experience, Darby breaks down body movements for any mobility level, so that anyone can create beautiful shapes with their body on stage or in front of a camera. She is currently the collection assistant at The Burlesque Hall of Fame.
Emmie Pappa Eddy, Museum Assistant
Emmie is a folklorist and drag performer whose scholarly work influences their art. Their passion for arts education led them to the world of museums and they have worked extensively with various collections through Indiana University. Though their focus is on the intersections of gender identity and costume, Emmie is also interested in the way marginalized communities construct narratives of self and preserve their artistic traditions. When they aren’t at the museum you can find them performing around Las Vegas as their alter ego JJ Suede.
Board of Directors
Jaye MacAskill, Chair
Bunny Bee, Vice-Chair
Nicollette Daly, Secretary
Robert Ferguson, Treasurer
Dustin M. Wax, President
Dita Von Teese
The title of Board Emeritus recognizes founders and past board members whose work and service have been instrumental to shaping the Burlesque Hall of Fame as it is today.
Dita Von Teese
The Community Council provides a forum for committed burlesque community members to advise, inform, and offer critique to the organization, and to act as its emissaries to the larger community. Its current members are:
Andy “Doc” Davis
Dustin M. Wax
Egypt Blaque Knyle