27th November, 2013 by Rosy Rabbit
The Australian Burlesque Festival would like to invite performers to apply to be part of “The biggest celebration of tease in the Southern Hemisphere!” all types of burlesque, variety and fringe entertainment including cabaret, sideshow, classic & neo burlesque, magic, circus, drag, non-striptease acts, solos, duos and groups are welcome to apply!
The 2014 Australian Burlesque Festival will tour around the country from 5th-28th June 2014.
Applications will be open until the 31st January 2014.
Before you begin filling out the application form please have ready:
- a 100 word performer bio.
- 2-3 images to be used for the website and media.
- Links to any relevant websites and online videos you would like to include.
- PayPal log in details to pay the AU$15.00 application fee.
Applying for the festival
Performing in the Australian Burlesque Festival provides a fantastic opportunity for both local and international performers to travel and perform in some of the biggest showcases of burlesque in Australia. Understandably we receive an enormous amount of applications so please take your time filling out the form and give us as much information as possible.
For International performers there may also be opportunity to perform at the Perth International Burlesque Festival while you are over here, which runs from the 10th-14th of July. Applications are now open (you must apply separately).
Photos and video
High quality images accompanying your application not only look fantastic on the website, but will be chosen more frequently to appear in press and media opportunities. Unwatermarked images are preferred and due to the nature of press we advise no nudity!
Video footage of the acts you are applying with is highly advantageous. The only circumstance where we understand this may not be possible is for acts that are currently in development, in which case we recommend including footage of another act that showcases your style of performance.
For newer performers and Baby Bombshell applicants we recommend filming yourself doing your act in private (like an audition) if you don’t have any live footage, this gives us a great idea of what you are like as a performer.
There are numerous opportunities to volunteer to take part in the Australian Burlesque Festival including:
- Roving and installation performers
- Venue set up and pack down
- Stage assistants
- Promotional people
- Poster and Flyer distribution
If you are interested in volunteering please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
15th October, 2013 by Rosy Rabbit
Sweet Pins Fine Hosiery online boutique has created a sexy approach to raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research and will bring their fabulous campaign from the UK to Australia through “National Stockings Day.”
This event is aimed to encourage all women to slip into something beautiful and feminine like stockings for one day.
“National Stockings Day” will be held on Friday, October 18th but Sweet Pins has announced that throughout the entire month of October a percentage of all their branded stockings sold by online retailer will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
On October 18th models will show off their elegant Sweet Pins stockings around Sydney and Melbourne CBD to promote the cause.
“Most of the products and initiatives to support breast cancer foundations are very conventional and are usually every-day-use products. We wanted to change things up and offer something fun that will make women feel sexy and feminine. Perhaps use as an excuse to treat yourself or surprise your partner,” states Lidia Scotto Di Vetta, the founder of Sweet Pins.
“National Stockings Day is an event originally created by Charnos Hosiery. It has been so popular in the UK for the past six years, and we hope it will be a success here in Australia as well. I look forward to seeing the women in Australia come out wearing their Sweet Pins stockings feeling sexy and glamorous while supporting a great cause.”
Show your support for this event on the National Stockings Day Facebook page or through the hash tag #Nationalstockingday.
Head over to the Sweet Pins store, start shopping and look fabulous while helping a great cause!
5th October, 2013 by Rosy Rabbit
Dixie Evans was a great American burlesque dancer best remembered for her parody of Marilyn Monroe. She was burlesque royalty and was responsible for curating and promoting the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum in Las Vegas. Dixie Evans recently passed on the 3rd of August after suffering a stroke earlier this year.
Dixie began her career as a model before becoming a chorus girl and was then quickly promoted to becoming a star dancer. Early in her career she was approached by Harold Minsky with the promise of steady work if she did an act to impersonate Marilyn Monroe. At first reluctant, Dixie later agreed and soon her Monroe acts led her to national fame.
When Monroe died in 1962, Dixie prepared a tribute act to her which was received well by the public and she soon retired from the parody. Dixie continued to work in burlesque and perform for packed clubs and rowdy audiences all over America.
In 1990 Dixie’s friend Jennie Lee passed away and Dixie assumed the role of curating the Exotic World Museum, now known as the Burlesque Hall of Fame. Dixie began to fundraise annually for the museum and created burlesque’s biggest festival and gathering – the Burlesque Hall of Fame held every year in Las Vegas.
Dixie will always be remembered for her amazing contribution to the burlesque industry and her spirit will live on in the Burlesque Hall of Fame museum. A global fundraising event called ‘Dixie Evans Week’ was held in August to raise funds for the deceased legend and to assist in the preservation of the museum.
6th June, 2013 by Rosy Rabbit
After a year of planning and incredibly hard work from our directors and support staff the journey is finally beginning tonight, with the official opening of the nationwide tour with the Baby Bombshells Newcomers contest! This is your chance to come and see the stars of tomorrow shine, and promises to be a fun-filled, glamourous and innovative night.
To celebrate we are giving away 2 Double passes to the show tonight, just head over to our Facebook page and tell us why you want to see tomorrow’s starlets shake their feathers tonight!! Winners will be selected at random and notified via Facebook at 5pm today – 6th June 2013.
There are some fantastic prizes for all of the entrants:
With the winners receiving:
We love all of our incredible sponsors and know you will too! make sure you check them out at the shows and online.
Don’t forget, for another chance to win a double pass to a show of your choice, head over to the Green Fairy Facebook page as the winner for this weeks draw will be announced tomorrow! All you have to do to enter is ‘like’ their page.
28th May, 2013 by Rosy Rabbit
Cult boylesque cabaret hooligans and mischief makers BRIEFS host CLUB BRIEFS; a late night romp of circus and burlesque featuring disco dancing and pop up performance at Thousand Pound Bend on Friday May 31 and Saturday June 1. This is the only chance for Melbourne audiences to see the cast of the cult variety show BRIEFS before these home-grown boylesque heroes head to the U.K and Europe for a three-month tour.
CLUB BRIEFS is more rough and tumble than the full theatre show counterpart but just as much fun. According to creative producer and performer Fez Faanana presenting CLUB BRIEFS is as important as the presenting the full variety show:
“ BRIEFS was spawned in the back warehouse space of a bookshop in Brisbane’s West End in 2008. We put on a club night to give performers the chance to try out some new late night cabaret/variety acts. There were no rules or restrictions. We weren’t answering to a brief or a venue or a funding body. It was purely artist driven with no agenda. It was completely off the radar. It was stuck together with a bit of hope, gaff and glitter. It had great energy and we’ve kept that rough and tumble spirit. We’ve been described as an ‘Aussie Cirque du Soleil meets Ru Paul’s Drag Race’ that’s pretty true and it’s a whole lot more. The club nights help us maintain that spirit and give us a chance to shit stir, evoke and entertain audiences in a less structured way”
The Melbourne club nights will feature audience favourites Shivannah and Nadja Cumminatcha as well as the award-winning Mark ‘Captain Kidd’ Winmill, fierce Dallas Dellaforce who brings drag artistry and theatre to a new level, Australian circus stars Ben Lewis and Tom Flanagan from Tom Tom Crew and Circus Oz fame and fresh-faced circus brat Louis Biggs “
Brisbane’s Briefs boys started their all-male burlesque production in 2008, and have since toured internationally, accumulated awards and seen star Mark ‘Captain Kidd’ Winmill collect the King of Burlesque crown in Las Vegas. Following these club nights the cast will embark on a UK tour that takes in Latitude Festival, London, Cardiff and Edinburgh.
“Show stopping, pants dropping circus burlesque” Hairline
“Full of wicked words and several delicious bodies” Sydney Morning Herald
Date: Friday 30 May & Saturday June 1
Venue: Thousand Pound Bend: Gallery 361 Lt Lonsdale St (enter via Heape Court Laneway
Tickets: Available at www.moshtix.com.au, 1300 GET TIX (438 849), on your mobile and all moshtix outlets.)
8th May, 2013 by Rosy Rabbit
Our beloved friends over at Sweet Pins are once again joining us as a Key Sponsor to the 2013 National Tour, and we couldn’t be happier!
To celebrate, they are treating our fans a 15% discount
on their full range of stockings and lingerie. To redeem, visit www.sweetpins.com.au
and simply enter the code STRIPTEASE in your shopping cart. The promotion is valid for the full month of May, on full priced items only.
Sweet Pins is an online boutique that specialises in luxury European hosiery and lingerie with an emphasis on retro glamour. Some of the fabulous brands we stock include Kiss me Deadly, What Katie Did, Dottie’s Delights, Trasparenze and Gerbe. And if you’re after a special treat we also sell Gio Fully Fashioned stockings – authentic, 100% seamed nylons.
At Sweet Pins you will not only find the best stockings and retro inspired lingerie, but also a range of boudoir accessories and decadent loungewear. We strive to satisfy even the most discerning clients, including performers and burlesque dancers, with products that combine glamour with superb fit and comfort.
We are super excited that once again this year our legs will be draped in delicious stockings from their web-store, as well as lots of gifts and prizes for our audience, headliners and Baby Bombshells entrants!
You will also be able to see and purchase all of their gorgeous products in the flesh (pun intended!) at the following ABF events:
8th June – “THE BIG TEASE” MELBOURNE - MORE INFO - BUY TICKETS
12th June – BALLARAT, VIC - MORE INFO - BUY TICKETS
22nd June – “THE BIG TEASE” SYDNEY - MORE INFO - BUY TICKETS
21st April, 2013 by Rosy Rabbit
The Australian Burlesque offers a unique opportunity to learn the art of tease from some of the best in the biz and international tease royalty!
Workshops are open to all levels of experience and will be in fun and supportive environments. See below for class details, locations and to book your place!
Roxi D’Lite – Private lessons!
A rare opportunity for you to work one on one with one of the Queens of Burlesque. Available to all levels of expertise from novices wanting to work on act development to professional performers who wish to polish and refine their acts.
Classes with Roxi are available in all cities by request. For more information and to book a class please contact us.
All levels welcome.
Cost: $200 for 1 hour.
Indigo Blue – Tassel Twirling!
Watch em wiggle! See em jiggle! Can you go clockwise? In opposite directions? Learn the ancient alluring skill of tassel twirling! A revolutionary class for all budding helicopter girls with Miss Indigo Blue “The Twirly Girl”, Headmistress of The Seattle Academy of Burlesque.
What To Bring/Wear: Comfortable clothing.
NB: Pasties are provided for use in class, AND available for purchase! You can bring your own as well.
Indigo Blue – The Art of Tease!
Class Description: Women in the Golden Age of Burlesque refined teasing to an art – the art of strip-tease! This 1 hour workshop includes historical examples of Burlesque legends and exercises to practice the skills they developed. In this introductory class, students are empowered to explore and discover their own inner tease-artiste in a safe and friendly environment.
What to Bring: Please bring own gloves (opera length) and feather boa.
All skill levels welcome.
Perle Noire – Burlesque Dance!
Students will work on Latin dance, learn fierce walks, hip vibrations, and seductive choreography that will all come together to help create vivacious and captivating burlesque performances.
What To Bring/Wear: Wear loose clothes. Can wear any type of shoes. Students should bring water and a towel.
Both novices and seasoned performers welcome.
Banbury Cross – Fan Dancing!
Learn from one of the most exciting fan dancers in burlesque today. Banbury Cross will take you through basic fan dancing techniques and also learn the style of fan dancing that makes Banbury so recognisable and infamous! She will put the moves together is a short routine. Lots of fun and a great opportunity to learn from a performer who has a very distinct style of fan dancing.
What to Bring/Wear: Comfortable clothes and shoes to move in, water.
NB: Students must bring fans. Please contact us if you do not have any so we can advise you where to purchase/hire prior to the class.
All levels of experience welcome.
Please note that all classes are strictly limited in numbers, so to avoid disappointment we advise booking early!
If you have any enquiries relating to the workshops please contact us.
*Please arrive 15 mins prior to class time to ensure a prompt start.
8th June 2013
Passion Studios – Studio 1
1/594 Elizabeth St Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9349 4349
Perle Noire – Burlesque Dance!: 11.00am – 12.00pm BOOK NOW
Indigo Blue – Tassel Twirling!: 12.15pm – 1.15pm BOOK NOW
Banbury Cross – Fan Dancing!: 1.30pm – 2.30pm BOOK NOW
11th June 2013
39 Brisbane St Launceston TAS
Perle Noire – Burlesque Dance!: 6.00pm – 7.00pm BOOK NOW
Banbury Cross – Fan Dancing!: 7.15pm – 8.15pm BOOK NOW
12th June 2013
29-33 Peel st sth (Corner of Peel and Eastwood) Ballarat
Indigo Blue – The Art of Tease!: BOOK NOW
13th June 2013
Tasmania’s Pole Dancing & Burlesque Academy
57 Main Rd Moonah TAS 7009
(03) 6278 7785
Perle Noire – Burlesque Dance!: 3.00pm – 4.00pm BOOK NOW
Banbury Cross – Fan Dancing!: 4.15pm – 5.15pm BOOK NOW
13th June 2013
Shop 4a, 258 Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton SA 5063
Indigo Blue – Tassel Twirling!: 3.00pm – 4.00pm BOOK NOW
14th June 2013
Metro Arts Studio – The Whitlam Studio
Address: 109 Edward St Brisbane QLD 4000
(07) 3002 7100
Perle Noire – Burlesque Dance!: 3.15pm – 4.15pm BOOK NOW
Indigo Blue – Tassel Twirling!: 4.30pm – 5.30pm BOOK NOW
16th June 2013
Darwin Entertainment Centre Rehearsal Room
Mitchell Street Darwin NT 0800
(08) 8980 3333 93
Perle Noire – Burlesque Dance!: 2.30pm – 3.30pm BOOK NOW
Indigo Blue – Tassel Twirling!: 3.45pm – 4.45pm BOOK NOW
Banbury Cross – Fan Dancing!: 5.00pm – 6.00pm BOOK NOW
22nd June 2013
Blush Dance Studio
372 Princes Hwy St Peters
Perle Noire – Burlesque Dance!: 12.00pm – 1.00pm BOOK NOW
Indigo Blue – Tassel Twirling!: 1.15pm – 2.15pm BOOK NOW
Banbury Cross – Fan Dancing!: 2.30pm – 3.30pm BOOK NOW
20th April, 2013 by Rosy Rabbit
We are absolutely pleased as punch that Melissa & M Dreams Australia are sponsoring the Australian Burlesque Festival National Tour this year!
Make sure you keep an eye out as the producers will be wearing gorgeous styles from the new range at all ABF2013 events.
If you are in Melbourne or Sydney make sure you check out the delicious retails stores for the latest styles!
M DREAMS – MELBOURNE
QV MELBOURNE | ALBERT COATES LANE
Cnr Swanston & Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne
M DREAMS – SYDNEY
WESTFIELD SYDNEY CENTRAL PLAZA | SHOP 24G
188 Pitt Street, Sydney
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