We're a Colchester Burlesque troupe of local ladies. We shimmy our tassels and whip up our skirts!

About Us

We are a troupe of four Colchester ladies who decided to stick on the tassels and take to the stage. Founded in March 2012, we are:

  • Miss Scarlet Lovealot
  • Holly High Heels
  • Fanny Darling
  • Mademoiselle Emmanuelle

Helles Belles Burlesque host evenings in Essex & London. The belles have also performed for variouns vintage fairs, alternative wedding shows and themed evenings in Colchester, Frinton, Chelmsford, Norwich and London.

In 2016, Fanny Darling hosted the first UK based all video game burlesque show - Show me your moves! at Secret Weapon. 

"(The) Burlesque was very much on video games' home turf, and the idea of something within six degrees of erotic happening on the stage seemed absurd."
Alice Bell, 'Solid Snake Gets Naked' - videogamer.com

"Holly High Heels, Fanny Darling, Mademoiselle Emmanuelle and Miss Scarlet Lovealot have quite a following in Colchester, as well as taking the international LOVE language of burlesque outside of Britain’s Oldest Recorded."
~ Colchester Chronicle

"...the girls differing styles, body shapes and personalities brought different feels to each of their performances- and what was wonderful that none of the girls outdid each other but all complemented each other to bring a fantastic and entertaining show."
~ Lesley's Girls Vintage

"You girls were brilliant, I love how your different personalities come through in your performances."
~ Niki Dedham Bell

Photo: Neil Lewis, Behind Burlesque, 2012


Next Event

Infinitease returns in it's fourth fantastic season, bringing the UK's up & coming burlesque performers together in the competitive quest to be the best.

Fanny Darling will perform alongside:
Demelza Fox
Miss Rainbow Rox
Clare De Loon
Zelda Saint-Wilde

Judge: Miss Sugar Rush

Tuesday 28th April from 8pm
SinBin @ The Plough & Harrow, Leytonstone
419 High Road Leytonstone, London
E11 4JU

Early bird tickets £10: http://www.behindburlesque.co.uk/performer?pid=1393

Hosted by Behind Burlesque


Previous Shows


Computer game burlesque and cabaret was super effective! We held our third night of silly nerdlesque at gaming themed pub Loading

Look at photos here: https://www.facebook.com/257095281068358/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1149099728534571


  • XX Seth - This blossoming boylesque star has a hilarious Resident Evil routine under his sleeve
  • Fanny Darling - Are you a Metal Gear Solid fan? Our Fanny is ;) 
  • Marquissa Darq - She's our sweet Princess Peach... or is she?
  • Ray Rustle - A boylesque babe ready to pull out his Master Sword....
  • Lady Blue Phoenix - Get ready for Lady's Grim Fandango

Console fun supplied by Joypad
Host: The intergalactic Lady Stardust
Thursday 23rd MarchSecret Weapon

Star Watch - East of England Burlesque Festival
Tuesday 17th January, 8pm The Plough & Harrow, Leytonstone, London, E11 4JU

This show presented some of the best rising stars of burlesque in a competition to choose supporting cast members for the EEBF SuperStars show in July.  Catch our Fanny Darling alongside a star studded line up. 

The Krumpet Klub present Femme Fatale
Friday 18th November at Fontaine's in Dalston, London.

Strong female-inspired burlesque performances, live music, and cheekily chic. 

Saturday 26th November
Secret Weapon

We packed in even more interactive games, tantalizing tease, and silly sleaze as our favourite video game characters. 

Host: Lady Stardust
Performances from:

Fanny Darling
Fey Au Lait
Bunty Beauford-Brown
Marquissa Darq
Ray Rustle


The Krumpet Klub presented another sterling evening of burlesque, film screenings and music till late with DJ demondaz.
Saturday 20th August 
New Cross Inn, New Cross, London SE14 6AS


Show me your moves!! returned to present an incredibly silly evening of nerdy tittilation for London’s Geek Culture Festival Nine Worlds.

Lady Stardust has landed in Hammersmith and discovered GEEKS. The best way to entertain them is with video games and burlesque. We hosted interactive games, new Pokemon Go-Go dancers and a half-naked Link, plus MGS and Paperboy came back to play.

Performances from: 
Marquissa Darq 
Ray Rustle 
Fanny Darling 
Fey Au Lait 

Host Lady Stardust

Friday 12th July, Novotel Hotel, Hammersmith

Photos on facebook here.

Feel the summer sun! Grab your bikini and get into that party feeling! Fanny Darling performed for an evening of Tropicana fun, professional performers, DJs, a right good laugh, and not to mention the cocktails.

With performances from 
Brazen Bijoux
Fey Au Lait
Fanny Darling (that's our belle!)
Pinkie T'boo
Marquissa Darq
Ridley Du Haze

Miss Cherry Bomb

Friday 17th June 
Three Wise Monkeys
60 High Street, CO1 1DN

Show me your moves! 

We hosted an evening of computer game burlesque and cabaret at London’s top computer game and board game themed pub - Loading Bar Secret Weapon.

Burlesque performances from:
Fanny Darling (Helles Belles)
Fey Au Lait
Holly High Heels (Helles Belles)
Marquissa Darq
Ray Rustle

Host: Lady Stardust
DJ: Oliotronix

Lady Stardust has travelled back in time from the year 6016, where we mostly live in a VR state, to find out about the earliest computer games. The show featured interactive games from our host and tantalizing tease from the performers as their favourite video game characters.

Secret Weapon
25 West Ham Lane
E15 4PH

Poster by Connor Fowler


Krumpet Klub
Friday 25th March from 7pm
Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester, Essex

Marquissa Darq has invited us to perform at the Krumpet Klub! It was an evening of Disco/Cabaret with an "At the Races", Women's Liberation, and Women of the Music Hall theme.


Queen Street Brewhouse Cabaret Night
Saturday 5th March from 7pm
Queen Street Brewhouse, Colchester, Essex

10% of the bar went to Cancer UK

Krumpet Klub
Friday 27th November from 8pm
Curve Bar, Colchester

The wonderful Marquissa Darq invited us to perform at the KrumpetKlub!
An evening of burlesque acts, comedy, and a live music with a Trotsky vibe.
Performances from:
Miss Cherry Bomb
Fanny Darling (that's our Helles Belles babe!)
Marquissa Darq
Mixy Matosis
Ridley du Haze


Fling Festival
Saturday 28th June @ Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Voices and limbs are warming up and costumes and props are being dusted down as dozens of fabulous acts prepare themselves for the return of The Fling Festival once again on Saturday 28 June 2014. New faces will mingle amongst acts back by popular demand as they fill the huge tented village of adults-only amusements. We'll be performing burlesque with Tea & Sympathy. This unique festival of assorted amusements offers a magnitude of wonders including music, poetry, silent disco, cabaret, burlesque, circus, dance, fancy dress, and a beach all aiming to bring out your playful side.





Acid House Party
Saturday 19th July @ Hythe Light Ship, Colchester

Tea & Sympathy ask you roll up in day glow with your whistle. It's an acid house party down at the Hythe. We'll be performing 90s themed burlesque! Expect stand out performances from Fyreflies, Nothing up our Sleeves, plus our resident compere Miss Alice D'Lumiere. Tunes to keep you dancing from Sneakers. Jam Jar Cocktail Bar.

A little bit Quentin
Saturday 15th March @ Colchester Arts Centre

The Helles Belles burlesque and friends performed Tarantino themed routines for a ‘Quentin’ themed evening with the best party hosts in town, Tea & Sympathy. Attenders took the inspiration from Crisp, Tarantino, or Blake.

Pin Ups & Sailors
Friday 21st February @ Gods bar in Liquid Colchester

We performed for a Pin Ups & Sailors theme at Pheonix, Colchester's biggest LGBT nightclub. Our beautiful belles Holly High Heels & Scarlett Lovealot performed on the night.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Saturday 1st February @ Hythe Lightship

We went DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE for an Alice in Wonderland themed evening with Tea & Sympathy. With DJ Fettdog and performances from: Helles Belles Burlesque, Nothing Up Our Sleeves, Fyreflies
Off with her head! It will got curiouser and curiouser. Holly High Heels transformed into the Queen of Hearts and Miss Fanny Darling was the smoking caterpillar. 
"You're entirely bonkers, but I'll tell you a secret...all the best people are"

Helles Belles present Christmas Belles
Saturday 21st December @ St Botolph's Waiting Room

HO HO HO! Ring them belles, Helles Belles Burlesque took over the Waiting Room for an their second Christmas evening of yule time tease.
We had performances from: Miss Scarlet Lovealot, Holly High Heels, Fanny Darling and Mademoiselle Emmanuelle. There were vintage tunes from the 1920s to 50s, and electro swing throughout the night. Cocktails at the bar and a RIP ROARING crowd!

Photography by Justjaq

Tea & Sympathy Present Gypsies Tramps and Thieves

Saturday 16th November 2013
@ The Colne Lightship

We boarded the Colne LightShip again with Tea & Sympathy to perform burlesque for their themed evening.
There was live music from Band of Fools playing a heady upbeat mixture of Balkan, Gypsy and Swing. Tunes from DJ Fettdog with some toe tapping gypsy inspired mashups, DJ Simonovich playing Electro Balkan and Swing.
PLUS freshly cooked Curry from the RedHotChiliFella, Projection and Sound in the Engine Room, Creative Gypsy Craft with Mae Kandoo, Body Painting with Tilly Falls topped off with Jam Jar Cocktail Bar.

Tea & Sympathy present A Nautical Adventure
Saturday 28 September @ The Colne Lightship

Burlesque on a boat! We set sail with the wonderful party hosts Tea & Sympathy for their nautical themed adventure on board the Hythe Lightship. There was the usual mix of jam jar Cocktails, performances from Fyreflies, new nautical acts from the belles, magic from Nothing Up Our Sleeves and excellent tunes from DJ Fettdog. FULL STEAM AHEAD!

Lucha Libre & Day of the Dead Night

Friday 12 July @ Tea & Sympathy

We joined in on a Mexican themed bonanza at our favourite tea den and secret watering hole Tea & Sympathy.
There was Mexican (thumb) Wrestling, chillie eating contests, burlesque from the Belles and plenty of tequila.


Fling Festival
Saturday 6 July @ Central Park, Chelmsford

We performed in the Circus & Burlesque tent for the Fling Festival. The Fling offers an intriguing alternative to the usual night out and alongside playful activities, stars a fabulous cast of professional artistes and Chelmsford talent who will explore, seduce and surprise your senses through performances, sideshows, poetry, a huge silent disco and much more.

Great Gatsby Bar Night
Saturday 15 June @ Tea & Sympathy, 113 Crouch Street, CO3 3HA
8pm - midnight

Our favourite vintage shop and tea den Tea & Sympathy held a night for all the Sheiks and Shebas, a Gatsby inspired decadent bar night.
We performed our very best 1920s, art deco inspired burlesque.

Helles Belles!
Friday 17 May @ Red Lion Hotel, 43 High Street, Colchester

The Burlesque Belles returned to host an evening of titillation and vintage tease at the historical Red Lion Hotel with new performances from each of the Belles. Red Lion Hotel is a Grade I listed building dating back to 1465. We will be took over the Parliament Restaurant with our new compare Baby Berlin. Blasting out vintage tunes from the 1920s to 50s from Miss DJ Sukie. Over 70 cheeky souls joined us for cocktails (one named after each of the Belles!) and candle lit cabaret seating.

View photos by Justjaq

Colchester Chronicle - Red Lion Burlesque Bonanza
Grapevine Live - Burlesque is Historic Red Lion Hotel
Colchester Circle Magazine - Happy Birthday to Helles Belles
Press Cutting from the Gazette - Burlesque is a form of escapism

The Night Circus - Bar Night
Friday 26 April @ Tea & Sympathy, 113 - 115 Crouch Street, CO3 3HA

Our favourite vintage shop and tea den Tea & Sympathy hosted their infamous Bar Night themed on the beautiful, mysterious, magical, and cabaret inspired book, The Night Circus. Miss Fanny Darling from Helles Belles Burlesque performed her spooky and alluring act 'The Crow' during the evening event alongside magicians, fire breathers, and other wonderful circus and sideshow themed acts.

View photos by Deborah Cosgrove

Ducking Fabulous - Stepping into the Night Circus
Twoninethree - Le Cirque des Rêves
Adventure with words - Have you visited the Night Circus?

A Most Curious Wedding Fair
Friday 19 - Sunday 21 April @ Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London

We performed and hosted a stall at the original East London Wedding Fair. It returned with a bigger, slicker outlook and we were there for the whole weekend! The design-led fair helps creative, expressive, fashion-aware and trend loving couples unite with like-minded suppliers.

View photos by JustJaq

Jess Collective - A Most Curious Wedding Fair
Unique Bride Magazine - A Most Curious Wedding Fair
Snipping from Stylist Magazine
Elle - A Most Curious Wedding Fair

The Secret Vintage Fair
Saturday 30th March @ Colchester Castle

We featured at Colchester's biggest Secret Vintage Fair on Saturday 30th March. Strutting our stuff in some of the finest threads from the towns best purveyors of retro clothes in the Fashion Catwalk. A huge crowd braved the queues and watched us at 12pm and 2pm.

View photos by JustJaq

Secret Vintage Fair Blog - Castle Fashion

A most Curious Wedding Fair
Saturday 23rd March @ The Halls, Norwich

We performed at Norwich's 'A Most Curious Wedding Fair' showcasing our twirling and whirling for all the blushing brides to be. Visitors had the chance to meet the belles at our Helles Belles stall and to find out more about our performance packages and nipple tassel workshops!

View photos by JustJaq
View photos by Charlotte Powles Photography
View photos by Joe Black Photography

Uniquebride Magazine - A Most Curious Wedding Fair
Kiss My Wedding - A Most Curious Wedding Fair Today!

Hanger 39's Vintage Dance
Saturday 2th March @ The Bunting Rooms, Colchester

Two of our belles, Holly High Heels and Mademoiselle Emmanuelle showcased their burlesque best at Hanger 39's Vintage Dance.There were cocktails, retro tunes and a performance from the Jonny Hepbir Trio. It was a blast from the past!

Tassels for my Valentine
Thursday 14th February 2013 @ Curve Bar, Colchester

We held a special Valentine's Night event for all the sweet hearts and cheeky singletons. On Thursday 14th February Curve Bar Colchester transformed into a rip-roaring night of burlesque with performances from the Belles, music from DJ Sukie, all brought together by our host Vanessa Storm.

View photos by JustJaq

V and Oak - Burlesque Treat on Valentine's
Colchester Chronicle - Burlesque and Valentine Beaus
Colchester Circle - Get ready for a night of burlesque


Helles Belles Jingle Belles
Saturday 22 December 2012 @ The Minories, Colchester

We got into the festive spirit with a Christmas themed show at the local art gallery, The Minories. It was our biggest event to date and ended with a bang!

View photos by JustJaq

Colchester Chronicle - Burlesque and Baubles

The Colchester Scratch Night
Thursday 29th November 2012 @ Slack Space, Colchester

We hosted our first Scratch Night. It was opportunity for other local ladies (and gents) to take to the stage and showcase their fledgling acts, concepts or ideas to a supportive crowd.

Colchester Chronicle - Scratching the Burlesque Itch
Event listing in the Gazette

Helles Belles Burlesque
Friday 19 October, 2012 @ Judge & Jury, Colchester

Our second night launched with a bang in the Judge & Jury basement. All new dances and a raucous crowd cheered us on!

View photos by JustJaq

Colchester Chronicle - Burlesque it's back
Lesley's Girls Vintage - The Belles are back in town

Friday 28 September, 2012 @ Judge & Jury, Colchester
We were invite by Stuart to perform at Engima, Colchester’s hottest gay night for their 5th birthday alongside a burlesque themed evening.

View photos by JustJaq

The Big Bear Festival Fundraiser
Saturday 18 August, 2012 @ Judge & Jury, Colchester
Fanny Darling and Mademoiselle Emmanuelle performed for the Big Bear Festival Fundraiser,  a very special festival in memory of Sam Bearman. Raising funds for Meningitis UK.

Helles Belles Burlesque
Thursday 2 August 2012 @ Judge & Jury, Colchester
Our first event! We took to the stage at the Judge and Jury to perform our brand new routines to a fantastic audience.  There were two for one drink offers, vintage tunes from DJ Suki and our wonderful compare Joe Allen.

View photos by JustJaq

Colchester Chronicle - Burlesque in Britians Oldest
Lesley's Girls Vintage - Helles Belles part 1

Lesley's Girls Vintage - Helles Belles part 2
V and Oak - Rapid return of Burlesque
Colchester Circle - New Night of Burlesque from the Belles


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