Green Fairy Absinth: Official Sponsor 2016

21st December, 2015 by Dolores Daiquiri

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The ‘Australian Burlesque Festival’ is thrilled to announce that we are partnering again with ‘Green Fairy Absinth’ in 2016.  Green Fairy have been an integral part of ABF for a few years now and will continue into the new year. They have been incredibly supportive and loyal to the festival and each year tour the country with us presenting their delicious cocktail for audience members to taste and enjoy.

Green Fairy will be joining ABF from 9 June to 2 July 2016. Not only can you sample or purchase the cocktail you can take a photo with your friends at the ‘Media Wall’.

About Absinth

The first legal absinth containing thujone (from wormwood) available since the ban on absinth was lifted in Australia. A great botanical balance makes this the perfect absinth for cocktails or mixed drinks. Produced and bottled in the Czech Republic where they have been making absinth continually since the 1800s. This is the absinth by which all other absinth is judged.

Links

http://www.greenfairy.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/GreenFairyAustralia

@greenfairyabsinth

https://twitter.com/greenfairyau

 

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ABF Applications 2016 – How to be successful with your application

15th September, 2015 by Dolores Daiquiri

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ABF Tips: Dos and Don’ts!

APPLICATIONS WILL BE OPEN 1ST WEEK OF NOVEMBER 2015 AND WILL CLOSE 18 JANUARY 2016. SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED NO LATER THAN 15 FEBRUARY 2016. 

Announcements will be made via the ABF website or social media.

* Fill out each section of the form correctly. The reason we ask for particular information from performers is it assists with the review process.

* Read ALL of the information provided, especially the ‘Terms & Conditions’. If available for download make sure you keep an electronic copy or print.

* Make sure you apply with your best work or acts that are suitable for the show/s you are applying for.

* Make sure you read the show outline so you apply for the right show/s. Some performers are not successful as they apply for unsuitable shows.

* If you are a new performer with less than 2 years experience consider applying for Baby Bombshells. If you think you have a stronger act apply for the most appropriate event. You can apply for more than one show, even if you pick Baby Bombshells as well.

* Your bio should represent who you are as a performer. While you can embellish, bios that don’t really highlight your actual performance history may not contribute to overall success.  Think of it as CV for a job interview.

* Try to apply with at least two solid acts that will enable a higher success rate. It the act is in development you MUST explain in full what the act is. Applying with more than one act in development may cause an unsuccessful outcome.

* Tell us a little bit more about yourself as a performer. It is great that you may have plenty of awards or accolades or you have performed at x amount of shows but these don’t necessarily equate to a successful application. ABF wants to know about your performance style, your most standout shows and ability to shine on stage.

* Footage is extremely important, especially if a new act or the producer has not seen you perform or it is in development. Showreels, while they are fun to watch don’t always capture the act you are applying with. An act can be filmed in a studio if you have not got live footage. Anything will help gain a successful application.

* Pay the administration registration fee as soon as you complete the application form to ensure it is accepted.

* Try not to leave filling out the form to the last minute. You are guaranteed to miss something.

* If you need too please ask questions before you apply. That way ABF can provide as much information to the performer as possible so you complete the form correctly.

* Be diverse with the acts you submit.

* If you have not been successful previously it does not mean you will not be successful this year. Every ABF is different so give it a go as you never know!

* ABF encourages diversity so all genres will be reviewed such as classic burlesque, neo, unique, queer, dark, drag, circus, boylesque, cabaret, variety, comedy, singers, pole, magic and so on. If you have an act that might suit the festival them please apply. Be mindful that acts over 8 minutes cannot be accepted due to time restrictions for the shows.

* If successful upload your music and photos as soon as requested. ABF needs these for marketing and formatting.

* Make sure you respond to all correspondence in a timely manner. ABF may need to query an act or a particular aspect of your application form via email.

Break a leg as they say in showbiz!! All applications are reviewed thoroughly and objectively. 

Questions: dawn@australianburlesquefest.com

 


The Australian Burlesque School

20th April, 2015 by Dolores Daiquiri

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Just a little reminder that Term 11 starts on Monday 20 April for Burlesque Essentials and Showgirl Sensations.

The classes are filling up so if you have not enrolled please book your spot soon.

For those that are starting or wish to start or continue please go to the booking links below for the ‘Class Description’. No experience necessary. All welcome!

Burlesque Essentials: This is a beginners class for those that are keen to learn a fun classic burlesque routine. Ideal for beginners.

https://tickets.myguestlist.com.au/…/burl…/evs54f38d150e2a5/

Showgirl Sensations: This is a beginners class for those that are keen to learn some burlesque but with a showgirl exercise component.

https://tickets.myguestlist.com.au/…/show…/evs54f3caf0134f1/

Please make sure you wear something easy to move/dance in.

Students who book into Term 11 will have the opportunity to perform the routine in front of a live audience on the 14 June at The Australian Burlesque Festival. There is no obligation at all. You can just attend the class if you do not wish to perform on a stage.

This is the show.
http://www.australianburlesquefest.com/eve…/baby-bombshells/

Hope to see you on Monday. Please email me if you have any questions at all.

Cheers Dolores

PS: For those that refer a friend that enrols in the 6 weeks course, you will receive a 10% discount. To redeem you must email the details of your friend who you referred.

 


Burlesque Hall of Fame! Go Aussies!!

4th April, 2015 by Dolores Daiquiri

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The Australian Burlesque Festival would like to congratulate all the Australian performers who were excepted into The Burlesque Hall of Fame Competition coming up early June 2015.

BHoF is a prestigious burlesque event held in Vegas that showcases and highlights exceptional performers from around the world. We are lucky that five of our Aussie guys and gals will be participating.

You can see these artists performing in a number of ABF Shows across Australia in June 2015. Check out the ‘Performer and Events’ pages on the ABF website  for details.

Sina King: Miss Exotic World

Alyssa Kitt: Debut

Charlie D Barkle: Boylesque

Zelia Rose: Debut

Imogen Kelly: Icons & All Stars

http://bhofweekend.com/

To help get Sina King to BHoF she needs our help. Check out these amazing prints she has up for sale. All proceeds will go towards her costs.

http://misssinaking.com/shop/all-product

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Imogen Kelly: Miss Exotic World 2012

9th March, 2015 by Dolores Daiquiri

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ABF Directors Cut!!

Imogen Kelly Caveboy Studios queen smileThis is my very first post on The Australian Burlesque Festival blog page and I want to aim high with a tribute to Imogen Kelly. I will be posting a blog on artists who inspire me each week.

I have known Imogen Kelly for a number of years now and can safely say she is my friend, colleague, mentor, confidant and ally. We have shared the stage so many times, giggled backstage, had passionate discussions about burlesque and confided in each other from time to time. I respect Imogen for her commitment, professionalism, community spirit and dedication to the arts. She is an exceptional artist, a wonderful mother and a shining light to many, even when she has had personal struggles.

Known across the world as Miss Exotic World 2012, the first and only Australian Burlesque Star to win the prestigious ‘Queen of Burlesque’ BHoF award. Such a well deserved accolade for the years of hard work and dedication to burlesque. Our Queen of Burlesque!!

Imogen is well respected, loved and admired across Australia and internationally. She represents our community through her talented stage shows, her commitment to preserving our history and her strong values. She is a valuable asset to burlesque and the arts in general.

ABF is lucky enough to have her support all these years. She is performing again in 2015 and its such a honour.

Catch Imogen Kelly in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra.

Cheers Dolores Daiquiri


Salon Boudoir – Burlesque & Cabaret Revue!

6th November, 2014 by Dolores Daiquiri

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Produced by Dolores Daiquiri

Date: 7 December

Venue: The Eureka Hotel 1 Church St Richmond

Time: 8pm

Price: $20

 Salon Boudoir – Burlesque & Cabaret Revue!

Salon Boudoir is an exciting burlesque and cabaret revue consisting of burlesque showgirls, cabaret divas and vaudeville vamps!! A vintage-flavoured, glamorous and decadent showcase of classic burlesque, comedic antics, songstresses and cabaret delights. The cast is star studded with some of the best in the country.

Why not celebrate with Salon Boudoir during the festive season. Bring your friends, colleagues or anyone who likes there entertainment stirred with a twist of sophistication. Perfect for Xmas events, work functions, Hen’s Nights, Special Occasions or just a night out with friends.

Cast: Sheena Miss Demeanour, Kelly Ann Doll, Dolores Daiquiri, Poppy Cherry, Zelia Rose & Bettie Bombshell, Caterina Vitt

Mistress of Ceremonies: Aurora Sheehan

Stage Darlings: Lucky Dip, Eden Savage

Fabulous menu available in the dining area. They have a fabulous selection of food.

Dine before you eat then see the show.

03 9429 1978

http://www.eurekarichmond.com/eat/

Show enquiries: doloresdaiquiri@gmail.com

TICKETS HERE

FACEBOOK

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The Australian Burlesque School!

25th March, 2014 by Dolores Daiquiri

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ABS Postcard Flyer

Principals: Dolores Daiquiri & Scarlett

www.australianburlesqueschool.com

The Australian Burlesque School (ABS) is the premier school for professional and developing burlesque performers. It is also a school that promotes the education of burlesque to those off the stage, bringing burlesque to the wider community.

In a refreshing approach for Australian burlesque, ABS weaves together Professional Development and Mentoring for new and established performers, Casual Classes including ‘Burlesque Essentials’, ‘Boudoir Burlesque’ (Over 40 years), and ‘Yummy Mummies’, Weekend Intensives, the ‘On The Hem’ Lecture Series, the ‘Golden Beaus and Beauties’ program in Aged Care, Hen’s Parties, and links to three highly successful production platforms – the Australian Burlesque Festival, Salon Boudoir and Scarlett Productions.

Principals Dolores Daiquiri and Scarlett invest their years of performance, production and educational experience in programs that spur their passion for the expression of the female body. This is why ABS is not a school solely focused on burlesque for the stage. We are a school that celebrates sensuality, beauty, movement and creativity for all. Bringing together vaudevillian, golden era and modern burlesque expression, ABS generates multiple platforms to engage with its history, understanding, practice and performance.

ABS is currently based in Melbourne with the view to expand nationally in 2014.

 

Professional Development Course!

Event Information:

When: Term II 2014: Wednesdays, April 9 until 11 June
Time: 7.00 – 9.30pm
Where: Maison Burlesque, Level 1, 54-56 Bridge Road, Richmond, VIC

The Professional Development Course is designed by burlesque performers, for burlesque performers. It is unique in its approach to industry specific development of routines and personas for the stage.

Each week students attend a 2 ½ hour workshop by one of the Principals or a guest teacher, focusing first on a discussion of the previous week’s work, a skills workshop, their application directly to their routine, and guidance on what to develop on further in the week to follow. Classes are kept small in order to encourage networking and close interaction, more akin to mentoring that a typical class size.

Principals Dolores Daiquiri and Scarlett are there to guide as well as challenge student, to get students ready to approach the burlesque community. We cannot guarantee that students will walk straight into paid performance work or a prolonged place in the industry, but we can give them the tools to solidify their stage personas,

Students receive a Course Workbook to guide each week’s class including information, links, contacts and examples of work to be covered. The final week is dedicated to performing finished routines, providing photography and videography (where appropriate) to aid in the students’ growth beyond the course.

Payment plans available via: PROFESSIONAL COURSE ENROL NOW

Casual Classes!

Boudoir Burlesque – commencing Tuesday 2nd April

Introductory Offer here: 50% OFF

Are you looking for a fun and flirty class in a safe environment? Do you want to learn vintage-flavoured, sophisticated burlesque reminiscent of the ‘Golden Era’ ?
This burlesque class is aimed at woman over 40 who are looking to put a little spark into their day. Designed specifically with your needs in mind.
You will learn some fabulous and glamorous burlesque dance moves such as The Shimmy, The Bump n Grind, The Wiggle, The Burlesque Walk and so on. We will even teach you how to flirt with a feather boa, peel some gloves, and use small fans.

Dolores Daiquiri, who has over 13 years experience as a burlesque performer, producer, mentor and teacher, will conduct this class. She is a valuable resource of information and believes that ALL woman should be able to put a little ‘tease’ into their lives. Dolores is Co-director of The Australian Burlesque School and The Australian Burlesque Festival. Producer of Salon Boudoir.

No dance or burlesque experience necessary. Beginners welcome!

When: Weekly, commences Tuesday 1st April 2014
Where: Maison Burlesque, Level 1, 54-56 Bridge
Road, Richmond VIC
Time 10.00 – 11.00am

What to wear: Something comfortable to dance in.
Shoes to move easily in. Props provided.
Bring some water and a towel.

NB: Please arrive 10 minutes before class so we can start on time.

Casual class: $20
4 Week Pass: $76 ($19 a class)
6 Week Pass: $108 ($18 a class)
8 Week Pass: $136 ($17 a class)
10 Week Pass: $150 ($15 a class)

All bookings attract an online booking fee: Boudoir Burlesque BOOK NOW

Burlesque Essentials – commencing Monday 7th April  

Introductory Offer here: 50% OFF

Are you looking for a fun and flirty class to entice and excite your inner seductress each week? Do you want to learn vintage-flavoured, sophisticated burlesque reminiscent of the ‘Golden Era’ ?
This burlesque class is for students of all ages who are interested in introductory burlesque skills and a weekly dose of the Art of Tease.
You will learn some fabulous and glamorous burlesque dance moves such as The Shimmy, The Bump n Grind, The Wiggle, The Burlesque Walk and so on. We will even teach you how to flirt with a feather boa, peel some gloves, and use small fans.

Dolores Daiquiri, who has over 13 years experience as a burlesque performer, producer, mentor and teacher, will conduct this class. She is a valuable resource of information and believes that ALL woman should be able to put a little ‘tease’ into their lives. Dolores is Co-director of The Australian Burlesque School and The Australian Burlesque Festival. Producer of Salon Boudoir.
Other guest teachers will take the class occasionally, including Co-director Scarlett and other established and accomplished burlesque artists.

No dance or burlesque experience necessary. Beginners welcome!

When: Weekly, commences Monday 7th April 2014
Where: Maison Burlesque, Level 1, 54-56 Bridge
Road, Richmond VIC
Time 7.00 – 8.00pm

What to wear: Something comfortable to dance in.
Shoes to move easily in. Props provided.
Bring some water and a towel.

NB: Please arrive 10 minutes before
class so we can start on time.

Casual class: $20
4 Week Pass: $76 ($19 a class)
6 Week Pass: $108 ($18 a class)
8 Week Pass: $136 ($17 a class)
10 Week Pass: $150 ($15 a class)

All bookings attract an online booking fee via: Burlesque Essentials BOOK NOW

Yummy Mummies – commencing Tuesday 6th May

Introductory Offer here: 50% OFF

Are you ready to get back into moving in your confident, pre-baby body? Do you need to juggle your high heels and baby wipes at the same time?

This burlesque class is aimed at women who need to bring along their little bundles to class. You will learn some fabulous and glamorous burlesque dance moves such as The Shimmy, The Bump n Grind, and The Burlesque Walk. We cater for mums and their bubs in a safe environment. Children under 3 years are welcome to play at the back of class and all sessions are designed to allow you to look after them as needed. The supervision of children is the responsibility of mums, but we do ensure that classes are flexible and fun to ensure everyone has a good time while managing their little ones.

With over 20 years of performance experience and a passion for all things sensual and languid, Scarlett will bring out the dancer in you; even if you don’t have any experience at all! She is a performer, producer, teacher and a new mum – who will bring along her little man to classes just like you. Scarlett is Co-director of The Australian Burlesque School and Producer at Scarlett Productions.

When: Weekly, commences Tuesday 6th May 2014
Where: Maison Burlesque, Level 1, 54-56 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC

Time 11.30am – 12.30pm

Casual class: $20
4 Week Pass: $76 ($19 a class)
6 Week Pass: $108 ($18 a class)
8 Week Pass: $136 ($17 a class)
10 Week Pass: $150 ($15 a class)

All bookings attract an online booking fee via: Yummy Mummies BOOK NOW

 


2014 Applications now open!

27th November, 2013 by Rosy Rabbit

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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.

APPLY HERE!

 

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.

Volunteers

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 dawn@australianburlesquefest.com