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 eighteen 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.

• Co-Director of The Burlesque Cruise (Australia & USA)
• The Australian Burlesque Festival Director
• Maison 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

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.

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.

Media & Marketing

Angel Leggas

Angel has worked in the Melbourne professional & independent arts scene for over twenty years as an actor, writer, director, producer, photographer and videographer.

Angel has worked in the Melbourne professional & independent arts scene for over twenty years as an actor, writer, director, producer, photographer and videographer. He founded his own production company – 3 Fates Media in 2011 and has since produced numerous theatre works including the sold-out season of ‘Triage! A Nursing Cabaret’ as part of the 2013 Melbourne Cabaret Festival, the silent comedy ‘Last Mime Standing’ for the 2014 Melbourne International ComedyFestival and the Box Office smash, the 2013 Green Room Nominated Cabaret – ‘The Yummy Burlesque Hour’, the 2018 Cabaret Smash hit Subtle starring Sally Bourne and Susan Ann Walker and the 2019 cabaret ‘Not Quite Right’ starring Susan Ann Walker.

In 2014, Angel wrote, directed, produced and filmed 2 advertising campaigns for AFL Victoria and in 2015 his production company – 3 Fates Media provided multimedia services for the acclaimed, sell out season of ‘The Living Museum of Erotic Women – Written and Directed by Willow J Conway and produced by Bernzerk Productions.

In 2016, 3 Fates Media was brought on as an official partner of the Australian Burlesque Festival, providing photography, videography and marketing services showcasing performances over the month-long event and this proud association has continued through to in 2020.

Angel has also placed in the world’s Top 10 most influential non- performing artists in the prestigious 21st Century Burlesque Awards in 2016, 2017 & 2019 and is honoured to be continuing in his role as the 2020 Australian Burlesque Festival’s Media/Marketing Manager and official Photographer/Videographer.

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.

Zelia Rose (Artistic Curator)
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. She is well recognised as a leader and visionary in burlesque, cabaret and drag. 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.

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.

Design

Just Call Me Cat Design

Just Call Me Cat is the boutique illustration and graphic design practice run by Catherine Berruer, or Cat for short!

Just Call Me Cat is the boutique illustration and graphic design practice run by Catherine Berruer, or Cat for short! A keen aficionado of Burlesque, pin-up art and all things vintage, Cat’s work draws inspiration from a by-gone era to create elegant, custom-made and carefully crafted brands and illustrations.

With more than 10 years of experience creating visuals for the Arts, Cat’s approach to new projects is tailored to the individual. Offering valuable design advice, creative sensitivity and attention to detail, Cat makes collaborations with clients smooth and enjoyable, so that the end result is of the highest quality.

If you enjoy what you see, please feel free to contact Cat to discuss commissions.

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.