Following her guest appearance in Burlexe, the unique Burlesque show, Fancy Chance, shares with us her burlesque background.
Fancy Chance Burlesque
Name: Fancy Chance.
Burlesque CV: Fancy Chance is a former reigning Alternative Miss World! Hilarious, glamorous, and exuberantly irreverent, the diminutive. Fancy Chance is the undisputed comic spectacle of the UK burlesque/variety/vaudeville circuit and the best tassel twirler east of the Atlantic.
Hailing from a background of cabaret, theatre and performance art, in 2001 she was brought into “nouveau burlesque” by the infamous Miss Indigo Blue, founding member of BurlyQ: A Queer Cabaret.
Fancy’s goal is to perform acts that dazzle and delight with comic characters and satire to the max whether goose stepping as Kim Jong Il or stripping down to a tasselling sensation!
Fancy performs on stages throughout the US, Europe and produced and directed the sell out show BurlyQ Revue in 2005 and BurlyQ Pageant in 2006 (2005 fun was one of the first neo-burlesque runs in UK and Europe).
She has been a member of the Fire Tusk Pain Proof Circus, clowning around with the freaks and French Kicks Can-Can and continues to develop her own infectious mixture of comedic vaudeville and ecdysiast entanglements.
Past shows include (but not exclusive to) official winner of Alternative Miss World 2009 (Roundhouse, London), La Soiree (Southbank Centre/Speigel Tent), headlining the Latitude Festival cabaret stage, Reading Festival cabaret stage, Leeds Festival cabaret stage, La Clique (Edinburgh), The Immodest Tease Show at the Bloomsbury Ballroom, V&A Surrealist Ball headliner, regular guest performer with the Gawkagogo Freakshow, All That Jazz, Madame JoJos, Bonobo Presents, official selection for the newcomers category at Miss Exotic World 2006, Circus, Volupté Lounge, Lounge Lover, the Working Men’s Club, the Tassel Club (Dublin), the Hootchie Kootchie Club (Stockholm), Duckie, Vauxhallville, Cherry Pop Peepshow (Birmingham), Jeepers Peepers (Newcastle), Burlesque Freakout (Amsterdam), Starshine Burlesque (NYC), the Slipper Room (NYC), Skullduggery and Skinshow (NYC), Sweet and Nasty (NYC).
Who’s your burlesque icon? Mae West.
What burlesque means to me? Burlesque has been a door to a world of history, amazing people and my creative abilities.