The Glastonbury Of Burlesque

Afterparty Afterglow

 

TO THE PERFORMERS & CREW OF HBBF 2017


Just a great big HUGE thanks to you all - it was a blast, I had the best little legends to be with, was blown away by acts in the other shows (I saw every one!) and am so thankful to have been at the premier of Et Moi and be taught by Jack and Jett - thanks guys. The hugs, the laughs, the party atmosphere was as wonderful as ever.

Old friends and new - my heartfelt thanks for welcoming me to this world 


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Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2017

I'm on my way!

Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival is in its 5th Year and

was winner of Best Festival 2016 (Burlesque Magazine)

I am beside myself with pride at being selected to appear in the opening show of the festival on Thursday night:  Legend in the Making!

I will be there for the whole weekend and seeing ALL TEN shows.  Grab a ticket - I hope to see some of you there!  Say hello!

[Fabulous image by Miss Beretta]

 

Act 2: And Then Came Woman

 

It's been an odd long weekend.  Believe me I couldn't look more different from this photograph at the moment!  I have a rather swollen face and been stuck indoors - BUT it means I have had an extremely productive weekend.  With my hand and arm back to full working order I can stitch again and the rain has meant choreography has also taken a massive leap forward - I love it when a plan comes together!

I would like to thank a few very talented friends here:

sensational photo credit - Nicola @ MyBoudoir Photography

perfect bespoke pasties - made for my by Anna @ Tassels and Trinkets

headdress:  this beautiful arrangement was put together by my friend and neighbour, a talented florist and creative, April Hanger

 

Thanks to all of you for bringing my ideas to fruition x

What have I been up to lately?

I have been creating of course! Sometimes you feel very "out of the loop" - but doing one thing a day still takes you a step closer to your next dream or destination. I have been using post-op recovery (just a couple of little arm ops, nothing traumatic!) to get on with the development of my second act and I am VERY excited by it....here's a promotion picture taken by the talented Nicola at MyBoudoir Photography (make-up by Sarah Elliott MUA). Bless them both, they are magicians!

One-handed workings!

 

Well recovery from the nerve ops to my arm is going well and I am still productive if not performing!  Thank you ALL for your well-wishes (I think they're working).

 Sneaky peak of act 2 in progress....theme is green !  There's a really big clue in there if you can spot it....

That "difficult second album"!

I meet so many performers who have an abundance of ideas and lack the one thing you really need to get through them - TIME!

The "difficult second album" applies for many of us newcomers.  Which do you do next?  If your debut act went so well - how do you make it at least as good?  Or much better?!  Will it be as good....is it enough?

Over time I narrowed my selection down and put in order my ideas for acts and am working on the next two. Like most they evolve over time - improving, tweaking, choreography and costume.  As a perfectionist I had to learn that the important thing was not to finish it to perfection, but to finish it...or you could go on forever, never quite satisfied or up to your own standards.  Having said that - don't rush it!  Many of the greatest performers take at least a year to develop an act before it debuts.  I have learned so much since being involved in burlesque, not least that nothing can replace passion or rehearsal.  I go where my heart takes me so I don't have to fake it - and I practise.

The question "is it enough" brought me back to the reason I decided to perform myself.  To take that step from seating to stage.  It was not a desire for limelight or a cry to "love me".  I have the greatest love and I always shied away from the limelight.  By choice I am always being the woman behind the figurehead, the person working to get others where they want to be - and most definitely the girl BEHIND the camera!

However - I am both a dreamer AND a do-er.  I mean what I say and I cherish life.  There is so much to do and see in the precious unquantified time we are blessed with.  We must make the most of it. 

I had finally learned to banish that voice we all seem to begin to hear at some point in our lives.  The one which says "you can't, because"... Well I want you to know YOU CAN.  Who says you are too old, too big, too skinny, too flat chested, too short/tall etc....??  That voice in your head - or anyone who actually tells you that - is wrong.  YES YOU CAN.  I perform to teach this by example, not merely rhetoric.

Burlesque is certainly empowering and many of the people within it are borne of this.  This force is strong in my "Burly Momma" Lady Wildflower.  She does teach technique and history and movement...but beyond this she promotes strength, confidence and loves to empower. The most wonderful thing about Burlesque for me is its complete and utter acceptance of people.  People of all ages, sexes, persuasions, sizes.  No, it's not Utopia - but it's a truly special place.

I have always said I am not there to get in the way of the dreams of those I love - I just wanted to help make them come true.  It is a beautiful thing to watch someone flourish, to be a part of someone Living their Dream.  The next step is to do it for yourself.

It is Your Life.  Live it.  You are unique - only you can do You

 

So, Yes - YOU ARE ENOUGH x


A word from the Whipp

What just happened?!

OH MY!!  I am so very proud - and utterly shocked - to announce I was awarded 3rd place at Burlesque Noir's Next Rising Star show tonight!

It was an honour to have been shortlisted by the legendary Raven Noir to appear as one of the 22 acts that night - and to share a stage with such quality performers.  Everyone was lovely and that includes the unsung heroes, stage manager, kittens, compere...

I am SO pleased to have been voted through to the top 4 by the audience (who were wonderfully appreciative of all acts) and am truly astonished by the third place award given to me by our esteemed judges: Neil 'Nez' Kendall, Trixie Blue, Velma Von Bon Bon, Alice Allarse and Cece Sinclair .  They must have had a tough job and gave great feedback.

The first place winner Albah Bernaux is exquisite in his appearance and performance and is truly deserving of his place at Burlesque Noir at the Tower Ballroom in October.  Go if you can - it is a magnificent production!

Second place Didi Derriere is the epitome of elegance and beauty and her classic fan performance was mesmerising.

Dickie Dalliance was a joy to watch, making everyone laugh and smile.

Congratulations to all of you.  It was a privilege to share the stage with ALL acts tonight.

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Photo credit:  Neal Rylatt

[Left to Right:  Didi Derriere ~ Dickie Dalliance ~ Vanity Dare ~ Raven Noir ~ Albah Bernaux]

This has turned into a big week!

WHAT AN HONOUR!

I have been selected by the industry's legendary Raven Noir to be one of her Rising Stars!

 

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This is 100% audience vote so if you can come along to support me,

scream your lungs out and have a thorougly entertaining night to boot

- please do!!


A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

WOOHOOO!!


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So how would you react to making it through to a world-renowned show?

To being selected to be a part of an Award-Winning Festival?

In fact THE WINNER of Best Event/ Festival - The Burlesque Awards 2016

See, dreams do come true.

Having been an audience member of these shows, it was there I made my decision to pursue my fantasy of becoming Vanity Dare....and here I am, selected for


Legend In The Making 2017

 

So many wonderful performers apply annually, make the short-list, just miss out - and the numbers grow each year with the popularity of the Festival (which last year managed for the first time to be approved Arts Council funding - and in the prestigious Burlesque Awards 2016 WON Best Event/Festival.  It is indeed an honour to be chosen.


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Have you met....Bobby Pinn?

If you do ever get the opportunity to see the other-worldly Bobby Pinn, please do go!

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Last few days for Earlybird Tickets - London

5 DAYS LEFT for Early bird tickets!

Join me in the Sin Bin (Leytonstone High Road, London)

on 31st January and let us raise the temperature


Burlesque Hall of Fame - UK Fundraiser Show!

Being a burlesque artiste is about so much more than the on stage performance. Whether it's a part of your life, your lifestyle or livelihood, it's about the ongoing craft, creation, diversity, celebrating legends (living and past), honouring the art and supporting other artistes and events - and we all start out as an audience member somewhere along the line!

Without the audience there would be no stage! So my fabulous fella and I will be at this event again (last year was a quality show!) - any of you fancy it, it's a Saturday night in Birmingham and plenty of not-too-pricey accommodation around. It's essentially a fundraiser to help some of our UK Performers with their BHoF costs (those lucky enough to go!) and a donation to BHoF itself, so you will be supporting the art just by being there.

It's a hell of a show! Lili La Scala , Lady Wildflower, Havana Hurricane, Rusty Von Chrome, Raven Noir , Lilly Laudanum, Rubyyy Jones, Tidy and Tips, Lilly Snatchdragon, Lou Safire, Knock Out Noire, Ruby Wednesday, Pi the Mime and Lydia LScabie's <3

Hope to see some familiar faces at the bar with me!

 

CLICK THE POSTER TO BE TAKEN TO THE TICKET SITE!


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Great Western Burlesque Festival!

 

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!

I am performing on the Friday night - 17th February!

Click through the picture to buy x


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Early Bird Tickets - Infinitease, London

Now then: Who wants to join me in the Sin Bin?

Oh yes.....I am taking part in Infinitease 4 at the end of this month!

Tickets are available as Early Bird bargains at the moment so if you want to support me/the event or are just up for a great night out in London click through the link to grab one at a discounted price! HELL YEAH!


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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

TONIGHT - LIVERPOOL!

Join us TONIGHT for a festive show like no other with burlesque, music and loads of fun!

*LINE UP*
Diva Hollywood
Rock Hart
Ruby Derrière
Joanne Dennis
Vanity Dare
Queenie Von Rene
Scarlett Adelaide
Tilly Mint Burlesque
Minxie Coquette
& Cin De-Lite as our kitten!

We will be holding a raffle with some fantastic prizes to raise money for St Columbus Hospice.

Tickets on sale now for just £6 from www.thesparerib.co.uk/shows.html or £8 on the door.

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Twixmas in Liverpool?

 

Tickets on sale now for just £6 from www.thesparerib.co.uk/shows.html or £8 on the door.


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Memories of Prague

Shots from Sheffield!

This weekend - back across the Pennines!

TICKETS JUST £10 FOR A GREAT SUNDAY EVENING

OF ADULT ENTERTAINMENT! 

Available HERE or on the door:    Over 18s ONLY!

Next show: DONCASTER!

 

Great weekend lined up at The Hallcross, Doncaster!

See me at 4pm on the Sunday

 

Sheffield tickets on sale now!

A word from a little bird

There's nothing like a few lovely words from a fellow performer to lift your spirits!

If you love it - use it!

 

If you love the arts - if you are part of it - if you want to see it continue;

PLEASE SUPPORT THE SCENE!

There will be no future without You, the Audience, the participants x

 

 

The First Bohemian Burlesque Festival

The whole world is a stage!

Hello Prague!

In the early hours of this morning I fly to Prague.  I am honoured to have been given a place as an international artiste at the Bohemian Burlesque Festival Market Day.  Performing within the Marble Hall of Palace Lucerne, Prague and given the opportunity to see perform two of the great burlesque artists I have trained under - Dirty Martini and Lada Redstar.  It's amazing what can happen when you set your path to it.  Hold on to your dreams, people, and work hard for them; belief is the key x

One for the warhol lovers

I love to meet interesting people

This Saturday - Revelation Burlesque

Being a Bambi for the Frou Frou Club

Halloween Weekend Hots Up!

Tomorrow Night - 28th October: Manchester

 

TOMORROW NIGHT I'm performing in Manchester again!


Cherie Bebe's Burlesque Review is back at the Richmond Tea Rooms and it's a HALLOWEEN SPECIAL!  Come see the lovely Luna Diosa and Lily La Fox and be entertained by our host Jay Hampson - and the beautiful Cherie Bebe!

There's even a Best Dressed competition courtesy of their lovely team, so grab your ghoulish glad rags and get in on it for a chance to win a prize!

Tickets available HERE if you haven't already got them!



Dust off the Halloween Outfits!

Well, that was fun!

Thank you Bella Besame for your superwoman efforts putting this together;

what a fun night it was!  Look out for these performers in future!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

I am thrilled to be able to confirm I have been offered a performance spot by the beautiful Angelica G. L Amour at this year's Bohemian Burlesque Festival. I am to appear at the fabulous Lucerna Marble Hall in Prague on Saturday 12th November. What a privilege!

Furthermore, two of the performers I have previously admired and had the privilege of taking workshops with, the wonderful Lada Redstar and sensational Dirty Martini are both headlining....what a dream!

Congratulations to Freida Nipples for also making it through - my fellow "newbie" who also made her début in the same show as me at the Frou Frou Club just one month ago. Proof indeed that Lady Wildflower is an excellent teacher and mentor - thank you

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Fiercely Fabulous - thank you!

NEXT SHOW IS THIS SATURDAY!

Bookings coming in!

How exciting! Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield coming up in the next two

months! Event details will be shared as they come along! Watch this space!


Live Your Dreams

The Burlesque Awards - special mention to...

Woooohoooooo!!!!!!!!


- HEBDEN BRIDGE BURLESQUE FESTIVAL -



I voted for this because it is a weekend like no other and IT ROCKS!!!

Heidi and Lady Wildflower you earned it and you own it!! Congratulations!!


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A few words on my début

My burlesque debut as Vanity Dare 

Made possible thanks to my talented teacher (and Producer of the Frou Frou Club!) Lady Wildflower

Made special for me by all those involved (special mention to Kinky Krayola, Lilly Laudanum and Heidi Bang Tidy).  Congratulations to Freida Nipples on her début - well done you little tigress!

Too many to list all those who surprised me by joining the audience in support (and are mostly hooked and intent on coming to more shows - wooohoo!) - but HUGE thanks for your messages, love, hugs and encouragement.