Former Carousel Club Dancer to Perform Thursday at House of Blues

Ruby mural at 2616 Commere Street

Ruby mural at 2616 Commerce Street

Former Carousel Club dancer Tammi True, “will give a special performance Thursday night at the Cambridge Room inside the House of Blues Dallas,” writes Ginger Valentine for the Examiner along with performers at the Ruby Revue Burlesque Show . True was a dancer at the Carousel Club in downtown Dallas during the 1960s. Jack Ruby was the owner. She, along with other dancers like Kathy Kay, headlined nightly events. You can see her name in a billboard from the 1960s in this Dallas Morning News file photo.  She is also pictured in a Deep Ellum mural at 2616 Commerce Street. True and other dancers made about $150 a week and, ”ended their acts with bare breasts, but the law required strategic places to be covered with adhesive “pasties,” often adorned with glittering sequins and tassels. Bikini-style pants usually covered their bottoms,” wrote reporter Scott Parks in an interview last year with Carousel dancer Joyce Gordon whose pictured sitting on a police car in the Deep Ellum mural. ”These girls today go down to nothin’,” Gordon said. “Customers did not stick dollar bills in G-strings, and the girls did not hang upside down from a pole,” Gordon told The Dallas Morning News. “There was none of that. The stage was up high or there was a ring around it where they could not reach you, and you were not allowed to accept tips from them,” Gordon said. “If someone asked you to have a drink with him, you could either do it or not.” Gordon was thought to be the last living Carousel dancer in Dallas but turns out Ms. True (aka Nancy Staley-Myers of Grand Prairie according to The News) is still very much with us, and at 71 plus she’s still got a twirl in her tatas to prove it.  Also set to perform is former Jack Ruby drummer Chick Ramirez and his band Over Exposure. The Ruby Revue was founded by Elisa Davis who’s fascinated with all things Jack Ruby, ““I’ve just always been obsessed with the JFK conspiracy,” said Davis in an interview last year. She’s also helped organize the Dallas Burlesque Festival that’s hosted at the Texas Theater in Oak Cliff where Lee Harvey Oswald, who Ruby later killed, was arrested. Also set to perform are: Honey Cocoa Bordeauxx, Angi B. Lovely, Elisa, Lily Wilde, Ginger Valentine, Melissa Meoaw, and Bombshell Burlesque. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are at the door or online. Hey, any lady with chutzpah to shake it in her 70s will get my $15.

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