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Performer turned pro-
moter, Jac Bowie's earliest
theatrical memory involves her
embarrassing her mum, whilst singing
Madonna's 'Like A Virgin', at the age of six,
in the middle of Franklins supermarket in
Cronulla. She also remembers "putting on
concerts and fashion parades when my par-
ents had dinner parties -- I'd put up posters
in the house and charge guests for tickets!" Is
it any wonder a career in show biz was on the
Bowie runs Jac Bowie Entertainment and as
such is a booker and promoter for vaudeville,
cabaret and Burlesque artists in Australia and
on the international scene. She's the brains
hind the hugely successful
Burlesque Ball and her
latest project sees
her in search of a
artist to don the
crown of Miss
ie, a self
described lover of all things 1940s, says she developed an interest in Bur-
lesque and vaudeville a er researching what was happening overseas.... "Al-
though I enjoyed the very early local scene, I associated Burlesque with high
end glamour, expensive costumes and elaborate props. It didn't exist then in
Australia, so I came up with a crazy little one-o event called e Burlesque
Ball. It's grown to become the premier high end production in Australia
and one of the most recognised in the world."
From that rst event, an Aussie industry was born and according to Jac,
"the phone started ringing about booking my girls, and the rest is history!"
Passionate about spreading her love for Burlesque to Australia and the
world, Bowie has decided the time has come to nd an ambassador for the
local scene. Hence the search for an Australian Burlesque ueen, - it's time
for Aussie artists to step up to the plate...but winning the competition will
require more than simply baring your esh for the punters. For Bowie is
adamant that Burlesque is an art form and that a true Burlesque routine
involves "elements of striptease, high end costumery and stylings, parody
and a narrative."
Whilst Burlesque has seen a huge resurgence in recent years, Bowie la-
ments most performers' lack of knowledge of the art and its famous practi-
tioners. She'd love to see homage to those gals of yesteryear.
"I'd be thrilled to see the use of moves from the "Golden Age" such as
e Bump, e Grind, e Burlesque Walk and e Shimmy. It's a shame,
with the art form being so popular now ; a lot of these elements seem to be
lost with the new performers. ere is a lot more to a routine that a match-
ing set of underwear and apping some fans. at's not burlesque!"
She truly believes Burlesque allows the performer to be "con dent, sexy
and entertaining, in a positive way". Stating , "it's bringing back the apprecia-
tion of old world glamour".
Still Bowie confesses that whether it's because of a lack of history or men-
torship in Australia that the Australian girls are losing sight of the "com-
munity" of burlesque, and the actual key ingredients of a real burlesque
routine". She hopes the Miss Burlesque Australia competition will not only
enlighten them to these elements but enliven that good old Aussie sense of
competition too. So what is she expecting from contestants?
"All contestants are required to utilise narrative, Golden Age moves and
high end costumes and styling to accurately deliver impressive and authen-
"We have also involved as many key bodies and individuals in the
scene as possible to really bring the community of Burlesque in Australia
together in this project. So all the main teachers, schools, promoters, per-
formers will be participating and supporting in some way or another. is
is the rst time this has happened in Australia."
For more info visit www.missburlesqueinternational.com
State nals begin in July.
Jac Bowie's search for an Australian Burlesque Queen begins. By Cec Busby
The Jewel In The Crown
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