Bohemian Starlet

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Gorilla Burlesque

Here are some VERY rough videos, first one of my Gorilla act from the Brighton Ballrooms, it is a very new act and needs to be tweeked in a few places, including the music and Gorilla choreography. But this give you a basic idea,
It's a tribute to Marlene Dietrichs Hot Voodoo from the 1930s. A bit of fun really...but the costume was a nightmare and covered me in fluff.

The Original idea.

The Carnie
Performing the Carnie at La Bordello Boheme, it's a bit slow and not the best act ever but I really enjoyed dancing to Tom Waits again.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011


"With her sensational, intricate costumes and her unrivaled artistic flair, Billie Rae pays an exuberant and loyal homage to 1920s burlesque and bohemia. She is an asset to any performance."               -  Lady Alex, Wam Bam Club, Cafe de Paris

'She's Fab!'
             - Richie Warren Fuel Girls

'Staying true to the glamour of the 1920s but with a seductive, teasing edge, Billie Rae is one of the most captivating and mesmerising dancers that I have been lucky enough to watch.'
              - Myles Storey- Brighton Ballroom

'Billie Rae is one of the most compelling performers on the London circuit today - a true carnival spirit, fabulous costuming, exotic and intriguing acts, and fire skills that will blow you away - a true bohemian starlet!'            
             - Missy Fatale - The Swinging Burlesque Boudoir, Volupte

'Billie Rae is one of those rare gems in burlesque someone who performs as well as she shoots, she is a a true enchantress it feels like she has stepped out of a 1920's silent film and sprung to life under a dusty spotlight a definite rising star of vintage burlesque'
              - Neil Kendell

"I first met Billie Rae at London Burlesque Week 2010, where she stood out in a crowd of 150 other international performers for her incredible fire breathing talents, classic vintage beauty and an extremely glittery behind! Having only just begun my photography career at this point, it was a real honour when Billie agreed to visit the studio a few months later for a shoot, not knowing that these images would eventually end up in numerous international magazines over the next 12 months!

Billie is great fun to work with and the studio was full of laughter all day, whilst maintaining a professional attitude at all times. Since the shoot, we've continued to work together on a number of occasions and I can't wait for the next shoot!
             - Tigz Rice - Tigz Rice Studios, London

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

July 30th Bordello

Bordello Boheme June 25th

Howdy Ya'll, what a night!!
We had a cracking show at the Brighton Ballroom with our 4th Bordello, and boy oh boy was it a corker.
Saloon girls, cowboys and plenty of dancing and cheering!!
With a fantastic line up including Tabitha with her amazing voice, The Swing ninjas, Sweet Tease, Annette Bette and of coarse, Coco Deville, myself and Veronica Blacklace.

I performed two new acts I came up specially for the Saloon theme, the first was a Murder Ballad to Nick Caves Wild Rose. (The one with Kylie) I performed a slightly hmm Kate Bush inspired costume and act, but it went down well and had lots of rose petals and sparkles.
I then did a Carnie, rolls into town with the circus, I danced to Clap your Hands by Tom Waits. It was a bit of a hybrid costume from my Gorilla and Ballerina, but that seemed to be well recieved specially with the fire breathing at the end. Here are some snaps from the show.
With Thanks to photographers
Katerina from Light Trick, Peter Kalem, Darren Juggernauth and Micheal from Chameleon.