Miss Toni Elling, hailing from Detroit, Michigan is an iconic figure of modern burlesque. She is hailed as a trailblazer dancing as a mature woman of colour. ”America’s Foremost Sepia Singing Ecdysiast” also wove her musical talents into her performances. Her friendship with jazz great Duke Ellington earned her the monikers ”The Duke’s Delight” and ”Satin Doll.” Today she is a well loved and respected legend who continues to perform and teach across the United States. She was honoured as Burlesque Hall of Fame Legend of the Year 2014.
Toni Elling can be seen live at Burlycon, and on the big screen in League of Exotique Dancers.