Annelise Eastes is an Entertainment Manager and Choreographer who recently relocated from Las Vegas, NV to Sacramento, CA. Before her move, she worked concurrently for two award winning show residencies. Annelise stage managed for the variety show “Extravaganza” in the Jubilee Theater at Bally’s hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. She also performed with “A Touch of Burlesque” at Centerfolds Cabaret, in which she was a corps member as well as a burlesque ballet soloist.
Annelise started performing professionally at sixteen and earned her BFA in Ballet Performance with a minor in Business Administration from Butler University. During her time at Butler, she had the opportunity to assist choreographically in Streamlines, a collaborative project with the National Science Foundation. She was also a recipient of the
JCA Collaborative Grant and had her choreography performed in Butler University’s Artsfest--an annual festival presenting work from artists around the globe.
After graduation, Annelise moved to Denver, CO to perform with a modern dance company. She was then recruited to work for a talent agency as a performer, which started her journey in the entertainment industry. Highlights of her career in Denver include choreographing and performing burlesque ballet at the 1Oak NYE Takeover of Aspen Kitchen as well as in an opening act for Ludacris at a corporate event. She had her first opportunity to manage dancers in a nightclub at Nativ Hotel. Annelise also continued to engage in collaborative projects with local artists.
Annelise relocated to Las Vegas, NV to pursue more work in the entertainment industry. She freelanced for several companies and agencies and got to perform for corporate events, private events, nightclubs, shows, and festivals (see Resumes for a full list). One of her first jobs in Vegas was as a dancer with Instrumental Bodies’ residency at the Foundation Room, where she further developed her signature burlesque ballet choreography under the mentorship of May-Har Li. She was promoted to Dance Captain of this residency less than six months after joining.
When the pandemic hit, Annelise began sharing her burlesque ballet work virtually through weekly collaborative projects. She directed and performed in projects that incorporated a variety of artists including photographers, videographers, designers, musicians, writers, makeup artists, painters, and a shibari artist (see Collaborators). These projects were featured by Thrive Global, Medium, Voyage LA, the Elijah Rock Variety Show, and the Culture Class Podcast. Annelise earned awards
and titles including "Industry Disruptor", "Rising Star", and "Top New Creator".
Once the entertainment industry began to get back on its feet, Annelise had more opportunities to manage talent at Terrace Afterhours and for the grand opening of the show “Uncensored International”. She also had one of her collaborative acts sponsored by patrons and performed at the Barcelona Burlesque Meeting and Festival in Spain.
Annelise is looking forward to bringing her diverse background in the arts and entertainment industry to Sacramento as she dives further into management and choreography.