Bonnie Fox lives and breathes jazz. Australian born, she now calls the cabarets of London home, and can often be found fluffing her feathers around the globe. This swingin' lady won the World Burlesque Games and was awarded “Most Dazzling” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Known for her fancy feet and joyful smile, Bonnie brings all the exuberance of hot jazz to the burlesque stage.
Bonnie was born and raised in beautiful Australia. After discovering jazz music as a teenager, she turned all her attention to learning how to dance to this infectious music.
Bonnie was blessed with the chance to study under jazz age dance legends Frankie Manning, "Queen of Swing" Norma Miller, "Queen of the Soundies" Mabel Lee, Dawn Hampton and others who introduced her to burlesque with their memories of Harlem nightlife in the 1930s and 40s. Not only did they educate her feet, but inspired her to a life of courageous movement and jazz expression.
The late great Frankie Manning gave Bonnie her first videos of original Harlem burlesque dancers and (then in his late 80s) sat in the front row of some of Bonnie's earliest shows shouting, "Shake it but don't break it, girl!"
From red hot Charleston, to swinging' Lindy Hop, to blues-drenched Burlesque, Bonnie lives and breathes jazz. She considers it her mission in life to pass on the knowledge, courage and beautiful spirit that she learned from her teachers. She believes in the power of burlesque to help us face adversity, find our tribe, love ourselves and spread happiness.
In 2006 Bonnie co-founded Australian burlesque company Sugar Blue Burlesque with legend A'dora Derriere. Shortly thereafter she embarked upon an international career of swing dancing and burlesque.
Bonnie Fox has now performed in over 40 countries. Bonnie was the winner of the 2013 World Burlesque Games in London. In 2014 she made her debut at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, and was awarded both "Best Debut" and also "Most Dazzling".
Bonnie Fox is now based in London and can be seen performing in and hosting burlesque and cabaret shows around town, as well as nationally and internationally.
Bonnie's burlesque style is rooted in the jazz age, strongly dance based, upbeat and highly theatrical. Bonnie's aesthetic is glamorous and classic, drawing on her love of art deco, vintage choruslines, flappers, 1930s showgirls and the Silver Screen. Her inspirations include her teachers, the legends Mabel Lee, Dawn Hampton and Norma Miller, as well as Josephine Baker, Gypsy Rose Lee, Eleanor Powell, Sandra "Boogie" Gibson, Carmen Miranda, Marlene Dietrich, Sally Rand, Marilyn Monroe, Cyd Charisse, Eartha Kitt, Judy Garland and Vera Ellen.