Sapphira is an international teacher and performer of belly dancing and burlesque. She is an artist who pushes boundaries and championed the union of the belly dance and burlesque communities in Britain, despite strong opposition from conservative circles. Sapphira is a well known face on the international circuit. She has performed under the desert stars at the renowned Burning Man Festival in Nevada, been interviewed on radio in San Francisco for her show & Shimmy Shake UK was filmed for the Belly Dancing MobiDiaries on Nuts TV.
Sapphira is co-producer of the Australian Burlesque Festival and is proud to contribute to a scene she enjoys so passionately. As one who believes in the therapeutic elements of movement, costume and dance, Sapphira teaches women to embrace their curves and move sensually through her courses titled BECOME A BURLESQUE BOMBSHELL. Feedback from her students resonates with positivity around the globe.
Under the banner of burlesque, Sapphira combines all her creative talents as a singer/songwriter, classically trained pianist, belly dancer and avant-garde showgirl. She draws inspiration from her work as both a performer and teacher.
Dolores Daiquiri is co-producer and partner as Shimmy Shake launches in Melbourne. She comes with a wealth of experience as founding member of Australia’s premier burlesque troupe Hi Ball Burlesque who has been at the forefront of the burlesque revival since 2002. As a distinguished member of the first burlesque troupe in Australia Dolores has performed at an extensive range of events and shows, captivating audiences with her glamorous brand of classic vintage-flavoured tease!
In addition to performing Dolores has created and produced a vast array of successful shows and events with Hi Ball Burlesque including Melbourne’s hugely successful regular burlesque revue ‘Red Door Burlesque’. Dolores is co-producer of the Australia’s First Annual Burlesque Festival which achieved sell-out success in it’s debut year, a testament to an established network in the Australian arts community.
Foxtrot India has had a long love affair with burlesque . With over 16 years as a student and teacher of jazz ballet, Foxy began an infatuation with old world glamour and the choreography of dancers such as Gene Kelly and Bob Fosse.
Watching her first burlesque show she was intoxicated by the style. There and then she decided to move to London to become a burlesque performer and began performing within months of her arrival in early 2007.
Since then she has performed on stages around Europe and in the US, honing her skills as an entertainer.She now resides in Melbourne, Australia and is key artist on the scene, recently featured at the Australian Burlesque Festival and can be found at many venues across the city, known especially for her tassel-twirling skills.
With smokin’ curves and facial expressions that would make a silent screen siren proud, Miss Becky Lou cut her teeth performing with Perth’s Sugar Blue Burlesque troupe. Now residing in Melbourne, this pretty goofball looks forward to beguiling her new city with slapstick and striptease.
Lallah is a new kitten on the Melbourne burlesque scene. She is a trained
actress, singer, educator, and a passionate advocate of equality for all
regardless of gender, sexual orientation, cultural identity or socio-economic background. When not shaking her stuff onstage, Lallah works towards pursuing a PhD in sexuality education.
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS...
SMOKIN' MCQUEEN - Direct from the USA!
Smokin' McQueen has been performing his own unique, sexy, and comedic version of burlesque for over two years. He has 'ta
ken it off' in a multitude of burlesque and variety show's across the United
States and Australia and was featured on Season 3 of 'America's Got Talent'.
Smokin' does a variety of boylesque and comedy routines ranging from tame to erotic. His performances are always an appreciated gift at any social gathering.
All the way from the U.K, Miss Alexandra Hofgartner has combined her
contemporary aerial circus and physical theatre skills with her years
of dance experience, and her flawless vintage style to become a unique
and beautiful performance artist. She has graced the stages of many
U.K burlesque and cabaret events including Bath's Coco Boudoir, The
U.K Erotic Awards and she has swung from the roof of Glastonbury
Festival's Big Top. With her inspiration drawn artists including James
Thierre and illustration books such as The Red Tree, Alexandra creates
shows of mesmerising beauty fused with pure honesty.'
OUR HOT NEW BAND THE SHUFFLE CLUB!
Their style is most easily described as a hot blend of
but that hardly does justice to their raw energy and enthusiasm – the kind of energy that will bring you to your feet and onto the dance floor before you even quite know what is happening.
This four-piece line up of sax, double bass, piano and drums, is not the kind of band to sit back on their laurels – all the performers play a vast array of instruments and are singers as well and whilst they work together to create the kind of musical harmony some bands can only dream of, every solo from any player is also pure delight.
It is not only Melbourne’s audiences that have fallen under their spell. The Shuffle Club have spread their influence and fan base by successfully touring in the UK, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and Japan. Regulars on the festival circuit in Edinburgh and Australia, their name on a bill brings everyone from professional swing dancers and curious old timers to overexcited teenagers.
Every performance is pure enjoyment and madness !
Show at 9pm
Notes: Show times are approximate. Most tickets are for General Admission / standing room only - if you wish to upgrade your tickets to a table or booth, please call the Red Bennies office to make a reservation on (03) 9826 2689