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10 Years of Mae de la Rue!

By May 24, 2022No Comments

Ta-da! Before I knew it, my 10 year burlesque anniversary came and went! Thanks to Facebook memories, I was reminded I made my solo burlesque debut 10 years ago (give or take a day).

Of course my time in burlesque started much earlier, 4 years earlier in 2008 (or was is 2007?!). I discovered burlesque and became an avid fan and audience member at shows across Sydney.

Today I started thinking about the differences between then and now. So much has changed and yet so much is still the same. At the time I did a 4 week course with Sydney Icon Danica Lee. And from there I developed my first burlesque act, a Sing ‘n’ Strip! My first performance was at a staple of the scene, The Peel. I had been going to the Peel since it’s inception, so it was fabulous to make my debut there.

These days it’s far more common to be able to attend classes at a Burlesque School. In fact it’s more common to participate in group classes, work up to group performances, and then after a time, move on to solo performances. There’s nothing to say you can’t go straight to solo like I did – it’s just less common.

It’s probably less common because Burlesque Schools are now very common and accessible. Back in 2008 – 2012 performers taught in side rooms at pole dance and other dance schools, but there weren’t dedicated schools. It’s amazing to see so many schools across Australia bringing new people to the scene.

It’s also fantastic that so much more history is accessible as are performers and influences from around the world. There are plenty more differences, and lots of stories to share. I’ll have to make sure to start sharing them more often – stay tuned!

Achievements in the last 10 years

I also got thinking about all the things I have achieved in the last 10 years. It’s also International Tiara Day (24 May) so I’m just going to indulge for a moment!

Co-Producer Hot n Fresh Burlesque, Wollongong – 2021

Producer Burlesque Muse Showcase – 2021

National Director of Burlesque Muse (formerly Burlesque Idol) – 2021

NSW State Finalist in Mx Burlesque Australia (formerly Miss Burlesque) – 2015, 2018, & 2020

Master of Tasselsoff and Master of Singing – BurlyPics Australia – 2020

Co-Producer of Burlesque Muse (formerly Burlesque Idol) Darwin – 2020

Producer of DIY BurlesKoala competition – 2019 & 2020

Miss Deeds and Runner Up – Australian Burlesque Beauty – 2019

Golden Stripper and Golden Hustler 1st Runner Up – Golden Legends Champion Challenge – 2019

Winner – Australian Burlesque Beauty – 2018

#Community Award Winner – Sydney Burlesque Gala #MyAwards – 2018

Duchess of Festival – New Zealand Burlesque Festival – 2018

Became Owner of Muse School of Burlesque (formerly Risque Bizniz)

Best Classic – Burlesque Muse (formerly Burlesque Idol) – 2016

Co-Produced 5 Secret Hideaway Shows – 2015

Runner Up – Burlesque Muse (formerly Burlesque Idol) – 2014, 2015, & 2016

Debut at The Peel, 23 May 2012.

Here’s to another 10 years, plenty more adventures, and stories to share!

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