Thunder from Down Under brings muscles to Reno Oct. 30
With six-pack abs and a thousand-watt smile, Dylan Yeandle makes audiences across the world swoon. Yeandle performs with Thunder from Down Under, coming to the Atlantis on Oct. 30.
With six-pack abs and a thousand-watt smile, Dylan Yeandle makes audiences across the world swoon. All the attention hasn’t gone to his head, though. He considers himself just one of the blokes.
Yeandle is an emcee and performer with the all-male review Thunder from Down Under. He and five chiseled chums will make their way to Reno’s Atlantis Resort Casino on Oct. 30.
The Thunder has a Vegas contingent, which famously holds court at the castle-themed Excalibur. It also has a touring group that crisscrosses the country, providing ticket-holders with an unforgettable girls’ night out.
Audiences flock to their shows to celebrate all manner of occasions, from birthdays to bachelorette parties and from divorces to the simple triumph of finding a babysitter.
“We get women with kids who have very busy schedules during the day and want to let off steam,” Yeandle said. “We’ve also got grandmas who come to the show. We get a broad spectrum of audiences, and we love the diversity.”
One of the most important aspects of the show is the interaction with the crowd.
“That’s the thing I’m most proud of,” Yeandle said. “You get a chance to meet with the performers and have a photo. We’re all very gentle, normal Australian guys. We’re not full of ourselves. We don’t have huge egos.”
Yeandle some news for guests looking forward to a mini meet-and-greet: they don’t need to hit the bank to stock up on singles.
“This is a non-tipping show,” he said. “We are not slot machines. It’s not all bumping and grinding.”
The Thunder From Down Under has only grown in popularity in the 22 years since the revue was founded. As a result, the touring schedule doesn’t let up.
Yeandle can’t complain, though.
“You’re paid to train during the day, and then you walk on stage to a crowd of screaming girls,” he said. “It’s the best job in the world.”
Of course, the gentlemen do more than walk. Their hour-and-a-half show is packed with routines set to music ranging from to Bon Jovi to Bruno Mars. They take dance classes to make sure they perform with precision.
“We take pride in our choreography,” Yeandle said. “It’s not just a strip show. It’s a full cabaret.”
The performers are willing to take it off, however, touting their torsos and braving briefs in order to raise an audience’s collective pulse. And why not? To a man, Thunder performers boast physiques hovering somewhere between Michaelangelo’s “David” and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Commando.”
If you hope to make the cut as a dancer with the Thunder from Down Under, Yeandle, 28, says there’s a distinct criteria: “You have to have a great body, make sure you’re always tan and have a nice smile,” he said. “And you’ve got to be a nice guy. Obviously, you need to be able to dance, too.”
Good genes are only part of the package.
The charismatic Aussies hit the gym six days a week. Should you spot them offstage during their Reno visit, it probably won’t be at the buffet dessert station.
“We’ve got to be disciplined,” Yeandle said. “We don’t eat for pleasure. We eat for nutrients.”
The result of the restraint has been known to cause a frenzy among the Thunder’s predominately female viewers.
“We get to see the wild side of women,” Yeandle said. “They can enjoy the show without being self-conscious. It’s fun to watch, and it’s great to be a part of.”
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As emcee, Yeandle’s job is to warm up the crowd.
“I try to keep the night lighthearted, and add a bit of comedy,” he said.
American women tend to be charmed by the Australian accent, so he has their full attention right off the bat. And, it’s a two-way street: “We think that the American accent is very endearing and even sexy,” Yeandle said.
Yeandle, now in his third year with the review, came by his cadence naturally. He hails from the city of Perth in Western Australia, which he describes as being “very Outback and very hot, like Vegas.”
He always dreamed of having a career that would take him stateside and beyond. He just never knew what shape it would take.
“I always wanted to be a famous singer,” he said. “I tried to no avail. It wasn’t until I started taking my clothes off that I found success.”
Since joining Thunder From Down Under, Yeandle has been given some remarkable opportunities. He’s been seen on the small screen in episodes of “Ellen,” “The Tyra Banks Show” and “Australia’s Got Talent.”
And while the group isn’t generally considered G-rated entertainment, Yeardley and his cohorts had a part in a recent Disney movie, 2014’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”
He’s traveled wildly with the sexy show. You might wonder what destination has been Yeandle’s favorite. And his answer might just surprise you.
“I really enjoy Texas,” he said. “I absolutely love the whole country music scene and all the boots and hats and belt buckles. It’s really cool.”
Yes, Yeandle said, the performers’ days of Thunder make for a pretty good life.
“The guys just absolutely love it,” he said. “It’s like an action-packed journey and you get paid for it. We’re all grateful or the opportunity. We never take it for granted.”