Festival Director

Dolores Daiquiri

Director and co-founder of the worlds largest touring burlesque festival, producer of a vast number of successful events & shows, a burlesque mentor & teacher, well-established and respected burlesque artist.

Dolores is in demand and is an Australian Burlesque Star! She is a consummate performer, a doyen of the industry, an in-demand producer and a mainstay within the burlesque community.
Dolores Daiquiri began her career at the forefront of the Burlesque ‘explosion’ over nineteen years ago and is considered a pioneer of the revival of burlesque in Australia. Starting her journey as a founding member of Australia’s longest serving burlesque troupe and then as a soloist in 2009, Dolores continues to perform and star in a vast array of showcases in Australia and internationally which encompasses local & corporate events, private shows and media launches. Dolores regularly performs at popular burlesque and cabaret venues.
As a producer she has launched and produced many exciting and hugely successful events including ‘The Australian Burlesque Festival’ which tours nationally every year to sold out audiences. Her current project ‘Bubble Glamour Productions’ launched in early 2017. Combining her performance, production and event management experience to deliver a ‘Boutique Entertainment’ service.
Headliner & Featured Artist in many shows and festivals including the Australian Burlesque Festival, Perth Burlesque Festival, Paris Burlesque Festival, New Zealand Burlesque Festival, Noumea Burlesque Festival & New York Burlesque Festival.
• Director of The Burlesque Cruise (Australia & USA)
• The Australian Burlesque Festival Director
• Burlesque Teacher
• Event Manager
• Graduate Diploma in Event Management
• 21st Century Magazine: Top 10 Australian Burlesque Performer 2014 & 2015
• ‘Guinness World Record Holder 2014 – Burleskathon’
• ‘The Australian Burlesque Museum’ ICONS Exhibition 2015, 2018
Media & Marketing

Camilla Cream

Known as 'Fairy Floss Incarnate' – sticky, sweet and certainly bad for you! Camilla Cream has been crowned Miss Burlesque Tasmania 2018 and voted #9 Most Influential Burlesque Figures in Australia.

Known as 'Fairy Floss Incarnate' – sticky, sweet and certainly bad for you! Camilla Cream has been crowned Miss Burlesque Tasmania 2018 and voted #9 Most Influential Burlesque Figures in Australia. An established performer, producer and coach she has peeled off her rhinestoned gloves and shimmied her way into audience's hearts all over the globe.
Whether it be flourishing her feathery fans, teasing with a fluffy boa, or singing a Peggy Lee classic, Camilla will make audiences all over cream with excitement, unexpected cheek and joy. Her signature prop is her large feather fans. She has wowed audiences all over Australia with these floating beauties. Camilla also has her own World Record: The Most Fans Used Simultaneously in a Burlesque Performance and has headlined shows interstate numerous times; including headlining shows for Fringe Festivals (Adelaide and Melbourne), Big Bang Burlesque (East Coast), and performing in the Australian Burlesque Festival (Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney).
She produces successful burlesque shows such as 'Le Grande Cabaret' in Melbourne and interstate (plus has co-produced several shows). Her professionalism, strive to provide high quality events and care for fellow performers is what makes her stand out in this field.
She's a solo performer and producer powerhouse known all over Australia for her fan twirling abilities, marketing tips, connection with the audience and a whole lot of fun!
AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS
-Created the Profitable Performer Program to help artists develop Brand, Marketing and Business Skills 2020
-Ranked #9 Most Influential Burlesque Performer in Australia 2018
-Miss Burlesque Tasmania 2018
-Nominated for 'Most Glamorous' and 'Most Classic' at the 2018 Busties Awards
-Burlesque Idol Victoria - Runner Up 2017
-World Record - Most Fans Used Simultaneously in a Single Burlesque Performance 2015
-World Record - participation in Burleskathon (24 hr show) 2014
Design

Red Pepper Graphics

50's Vintage Dame is an illustrator and designer who specializes in retro-themed illustrations and design. She loves all things vintage and particularly loves the style of midcentury advertising design and artwork.

50's Vintage Dame is an illustrator and designer who specializes in retro-themed illustrations and design. She loves all things vintage and particularly loves the style of midcentury advertising design and artwork. Areas of specialty include Pinup and Burlesque, Vintage Western, Vintage
Previous clients include Schylling toys, Atomic Swag tee shirts, Original Penguin, Viva Las Vegas and The Rockabilly Rave festivals, editorial illustrations for Australian and international publications including Men's Health magazine, AFR magazine and St Louis magazine.
Artist representation by The Illustration Room (https://www.illustrationroom.com.au/)
Visit her at 50svintagedame.com (https://www.50svintagedame.com/) or Instagram at @50s_vintage_dame (https://www.instagram.com/50s_vintage_dame/)
Website

Dan Beard / Go Modern Creative

Dan has been working with Dolores and the team since 2016 designing and maintaining the Australian Burlesque Festival website.

Dan has been working with Dolores and the team since 2016 designing and maintaining the Australian Burlesque Festival website.

With over 10 years of professional experience, Dan has worked alongside corporations, small businesses and musicians to help develop their online and offline presence.

His business, Go Modern Creative offers a range of website and design solutions from online stores, reservation systems, email newsletter marketing and online portfolios.
Go Modern takes a consultative approach, first developing an understanding of your business and customising solutions to suit your needs.

Feel free to get in touch to discuss your next project.

Cherry Velour
Tour Manager

Cherry Velour

Cherry is excited to once again be leading the charge to find the perfect roles for our volunteers whilst ensuring a smooth journey for all of our wonderful performers.

Cherry returns to the team for 2019 bringing with her a wealth of theatre knowledge both on and off stage. She is excited to once again be leading the charge to find the perfect roles for our volunteers whilst ensuring a smooth journey for all of our wonderful performers.

Working with some of the leading names in the industry she is forging her path across the stages of Melbourne and looking forward to taking on the rest of Australia soon.

With decades of experience in team management and event coordination both in and away from the theatre Cherry is relishing her role as the teams Girl Friday.

Social Media Coordinator

Mikki Michelle

With over 5 years experience working with clients in Canada, Mikki has moved back to her hometown of Melbourne, where she has forged lasting relationships with new clients.

You may have seen Mikki Michelle do her thang on stage in cabaret and burlesque shows, but many don’t know she is also a social media manager. With over 5 years experience working with clients in Canada, Mikki has moved back to her hometown of Melbourne, where she has forged lasting relationships with new clients.

Passionate and dedicated, Mikki specialises in working with performing artists and small businesses, where they can vouch that she has vastly increased their likes and following, and gained them more post engagement overall.

Mikki is currently studying Marketing and Communications and is thrilled to be a part of the Australian Burlesque Festival team.

Festival Liaison & Development Manager

Sarahlouise Younger

Sarahlouise has a 25+ year career as an Artiste and Creative practising in the UK, Singapore and Australia.

Sarahlouise has a 25+ year career as an Artiste and Creative practising in the UK, Singapore and Australia. She is the Co-Founding Artistic Director and Resident Director/Choreographer of Salty Theatre a company that leads-the-way in providing the culture of “workshop-musicals” and is a Writer-In-Residence at Theatre Works.

As Producer, she co-curated Salty Theatre’s successful first season, Directing and developing the concept designs for People Suck – A Musical Airing of Grievances Seasons 1 and 2, Top Gun The Musical, which was ranked in the top 15 shows to see for the Melbourne Fringe Festival and most recently Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody. Her dedication to her company’s ethos (grass-roots, global-collaboration) has seen her connect and debut the works of International Playwrights and Composers as well as mentor and develop the works of Mid-Career Australian Artistes. Sarahlouise is the Co-Creator of “The Hatch Lab” a unique Musical Theatre Residency Program conceived by Salty Theatre and supported by Theatre Works which is dedicated to the development of Australian Voices within Musical Theatre.

Coming from a proud family legacy in Circus, Music and Theatre she is a seasoned Performing Artiste. Sarahlouise is an Alumna of The Arts Academy 2005 graduating company with a BA in Musical Theatre and a scholarship recipient of Danceworld Studios. She has performed for festivals such as The Melbourne Cabaret Festival, The Sydney Cabaret Festival, Midsumma Festival and more. Select Theatre credits include The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Variety), The Cat Stevens Story (Hit Productions), Nothing to Lose (Force Majeure) and City of Angels (Just Pretending Co). She is also an Educator in Dance, Audition Technique and Performance Repertoire having taught for institutions such as The Arts Academy, The Australia School (Singapore) and Pineapple Studios (London).

Sarahlouise is committed to be an advocate for Women, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ representation in Creative Leadership and Performance spaces and focuses on the development of Conscious Casting to change the visual landscape of live performance.
Festival Liaison & Development Manager
Sarah will be bringing a vast background of experience to the festival in this new role as the Festival Liaison & Development Manager.
The role encompasses but is not limited to artist liaison, artistic and cultural development, championing BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and minority groups, assistance with show curation and the development and coordination of the Scholarship Program.
Our goal is to make sure all cultures, races and genders are treated with respect, tolerance and equality.
We look forward to our continued relationship with Sarah as this role develops.

Artistic Curator

Zelia Rose

One of the most recognisable faces of Australian burlesque, Zelia Rose was voted 2019's worldwide top performer by 21 Century Burlesque.

2019’s #1 burlesque performer of the top 50 worldwide (21st Century burlesque) was awarded to Zelia Rose, a well recognised leader & visionary in the burlesque, cabaret and drag world. From working alongside Dita Von Teese, and touring the world as a solo artist Zelia has established herself as Australia's most in demand showgirl.

"Rose steals the stage" as written by The Age news paper, and this illustrious talent has graced many from theatres, festivals and productions worldwide. In 2015 she won "Best Debut" in the reputable Burlesque Hall of Fame, Las Vegas to a standing ovation. She is also the title holder of Miss Burlesque Australia 2014. Her extensive skill in Dance & Vocals and choreography compliment her big stage persona and repertoire of highly conceptual acts that are sexy, dynamic and truely compelling.

Zelia is the first and only Australian to join the iconic Dita Von Teese in her worldwide touring burlesque review. She has been part of 5 sold out tours with Dita as a solo artist in 30 cities throughout the U.S., Nationwide Australia and in over 14 European cities.

Along with the plethora of performing work Zelia also teaches & choreographs having taught her own brand of dance workshops worldwide and having created choreographic works for the likes of Clairy Browne and Dita Von Teese.

Some of Zelia’s anthology include - Blanc De Blanc - Strut & Fret, Strange Fruit, Yummy the Show, Dita Von Teese’s - Art of The Teese, Dita von Teese’s - The Copper Coupe, MidSumma Festival, Holy Ship, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fashion Week, Australian Burlesque Festival, Empire Strips Back, Falls Festival, Virgin Australian Fashion Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Noumea Burlesque Festival, Big Sound, Melbourne Music Week, & more.