RIta Ravell: vintage 8x10 photo
Rebecca Penalver, born of Mexican parents, would become a well-know burlesque dancer and pin up model of the 1950s. Rebecca would be a natural to enter show business, as her father was employed as a show promoter. Under the stage name Rita Ravell she was billed as either the “Mexican Spitfire” or “The Latin Temptress”, and on occasion “The Hot Tamale”. She had been trained originally in traditional Mexican folk dance and reportedly, she appeared as a folk dancer in a few films in the Mexican film industry. When developing her burlesque acts, Rita would use themes from her traditional latin dancing experience to create a dance she would refer to as a “fantasy on Mexican numbers”. Initially Rita danced in clubs in Mexico and Puerto Rico, and then toured with the USO for 3 years, before becoming a feature dancer in the United States.
Yolanda Moreno: vintage 8x10 photo
Yolanda was one of the headlining dancers in the 1965 off-Broadway show: The Wonderful World of Burlesque. This was just one of many shows that tried to profit off the popularity of Ann Corio’s This Was Burlesque.
This is a great little doc/art film about one of my burlesque idols, Dirty Martini! She is so badass and inspiring!
As a fun side-note, she is wearing a Toronto Burlesque Festival t-shirt when they show her running showgirl errands. :)
My birthday’s almost here, and you’re invited! Bring your sassy self down to Lee’s Palace on Thursday, March 28th and shake your tail along with me and the ladies of Nerd Girl Burlesque, as well as our good friends Ginger Rigby and Lucky Fremont. We’ll have some fantastic live bands helping to keep everyone moving.
First off, Toronto’s sexiest English handbell ensemble, Pavlov’s Dogs will whet your appetite with covers of your favourite pop and rock tunes like you’ve never heard them before.
Next up will be the Cocksure Lads. You’ll recognize Reg Topping and Dusty Fosterboard (aka Mike Ford and Murray Foster) from iconic Canadian folk bands Moxy Früvous and Great Big Sea, but tonight they’ll be channeling the spirit of the sixties from across the pond with British Invasion-style pop tunes that will have you feeling Ticky-Boo and craving bangers & mash.
And then to kick the party up a notch we’ll be joined by High Heels Lo Fi. Imagine if Joan Jett was kicked out of the Ramones’ Rock n’ Roll High School for being drunk and acting like the class clown - a madcap cocktail of rock, booze, and hilarity. Want to hear brilliant rock music? Go see AC/DC. Want to be bullied into singin’ along, drinkin’, dancin’ and laughin’ yer arse off with your friends? Come see High Heels Lo Fi.
Don’t let our burlesque dancers hog all the fun! Come and keep that dance floor moving, and see if Bella can still pronounce everyone’s name by the end of the night! A party like this only comes along once a year! Get yer tickets online at BrownPaperTickets, or in person at the Silver Snail. More info on our Facebook page.
Come one, come all - this is going to fun! :)
Amber Ray, burlesque star extraordinaire, is a beautiful individual, inside and out.
If you have a chance, go see her in a show and take her workshops. Her costuming workshop is so inspiring and useful.
Bella’s Burlesque Birthday Bash: DIRTY THIRTY DANCE PARTY
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Doors at 8:30pm, show at 9pm
Our very own Bella Fox has almost completed yet another lap around the sun, and you know what that means: It’s time to watch her get trashed while she makes her friends dance for you! This year’s a big birthday, and the party is going to be bigger than ever.
Featuring burlesque performances by: Ginger Rigby, Lucky Fremont, and The Lovely Ladies of Nerd Girl Burlesque: Delicia Pastiche, Kenickie Street, Loretta Jean, Ruby Pixel and of course the birthday girl, BELLA FOX!
Nerd Girl Burlesque will be performing some of our usual nerdy repertoire, in addition to new acts accompanied by live music that will have you up out of your seat, making sure that the folks onstage don’t hog all the fun: The Cocksure Lads, High Heels Lo Fi, and Pavlov’s Dogs Handbell Ensemble.
Hope to see you there! ♥
Sideshow performer Elly del Sarto, circa 1910
I love this image, I’d love to find out more information about this woman but so far my Google-fu is failing me.
More custom corsets by the talented Ms. Bella Fox!
The first is from her nature inspired line, the second is her Ginger Spice inspired corset for NGB’s Spice Girls tribute number, and the last one “Booba Fett” is modelled by Kenickie Street.
Bella is having a sale on custom underbust designs - read more here.