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Jac Bowie (born 3 December 1979) is an Australian entrepreneur and former burlesque agent, theatrical promoter and producer. Previously a flight attendant, she created The Burlesque Ball, a contemporary burlesque event following the worldwide burlesque revival.
Bowie staged the first burlesque ball in Sydney in 2006. It is now a defunct event,. The burlesque ball toured Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Past international performers include Julie Atlas Muz, Roxi Dlite, Catherine D'Lish, Tigger!, Amber Ray, Peekaboo Pointe, Ophelia Bitz, Lola The Vamp, and Rachel St. James.
Burlesque was popular in 19th century US because of its rebellious nature, gender-confusion and overt sexuality, but its wider appeal never died, resurfacing in many forms over the years.[dead link] Bowie’s burlesque ball was designed to entertain, and not to offend.
She is also on the advisory team for Sydney Mardi Gras, and in July 2012 was appointed Producer of Short+Sweet festivals (the biggest little play festival in the world) in Sydney & Canberra.
In 2013 Bowie launched Business in Heels where she has franchised almost 50 branches of Business Networking Events for women across Australia, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Thailand, Spain, New Zealand and the USA.
Born Jacqueline Eleanor Carmichael, Jac Bowie was a child actor from age eight. Since 1987, Bowie has appeared in television, theatre and short films. The Australian TV shows include Home & Away, Heartbreak High, GP, and the television commercials include Wonderland Sydney with Johnny Young and Pat Cash.
At age 14, Bowie was a drama student at the prestigious Newtown High School of The Performing Arts. At the school, she took on her first role as Assistant Director. She has also been a singer / model. She starred in the Tropfest film "The Unsound."
In 2005, Bowie sang vocals for the single 'Where Did You Come From" which achieved airplay on FBi Radio and several films. The song was produced by Michael Pearson Adams of Shakaya fame. She also was the face of Sarah Jane Boutique in Sydney for many years.
Bowie freelanced in events and production for over two years after previous career choices as a flight attendant, a drama teacher, and in cosmetic sales and management, hospitality management, and cruise ship work. She was also the NSW State Manager for an international promotions & marketing agency. But in 2004 she started thinking about running a business based around burlesque—a performance art form that includes song, dance, comedy and acts of daring, with lush costumes, dramatic music and lighting, and a saucy and satirical edge.
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