I’m excited and delighted to have been mentioned in a review by TheatrePeople.com.au for my role as Mazeppa in Gypsy:
The trio of Wichita strippers (Mazeppa – Racheal Leigh, Tessie Tura – Julia Lefik, and Electra -Shelley Days) was a definite crowd favourite. Their rendition of “You Gotta get A Gimmick” was deliciously competitive, and wonderfully funny. Hats off to Leigh for actually playing Mazeppa’s trumpet – a joyous moment for all.
This show has been one of my favourites (next to Chicago) and I’m so excited to be playing such a fun role! Only playing until this Saturday, 28 November – so do come along if you’re in town!
In other news, I’ve had a bit of a blessing in disguise by recently discovering I’m being made redundant from my full time job… whilst this is a scary prospect, I’m actually looking forward to being able to concentrate on my performing career, as well as make a move into the health & fitness industry – hopefully inspiring and helping others. You can hear more about that on my second blog here: https://youtu.be/NhbQ2D_ARN4
A fair bit has happened since my last post in June. The One Night Only Gig was a sell-out, and we also just did our Latin Carnival de Sol concert which also sold out. I am still currently in the ‘day job’, but things on the dance front have slightly changed – I’m not currently teaching as I’ve been busy between the band; Bollywood dance gigs; and now rehearsals for the wonderful Broadway musical, Gypsy.
I’m excited to be playing the cameo role of Mazeppa, one of three Burlesque dancers who introduce Louise (who later becomes the famous Gypsy Rose Lee) to the risqué art form. There is such a strong cast of all ages, and the leading actors have been wonderfully cast! The show is playing from 13 to 28 November at Beenleigh Theatre (book online and use the promo code ‘rleigh’ to get a 10% discount!) http://beenleightheatregroup.com/booking/
I’ve also decided to start a video blog! It has started initially about my weight loss journey but may develop into other stuff later on. You can view Episode One here. I’m hoping it will inspire others to start looking after themselves so please feel free to share or subscribe. I have been a lot more active the past few months, and the next 12 months will hopefully see new opportunities and change. I hope you enjoy following and supporting me along the way!
Between the ‘day job’ and dance gigs, I’ve been busy lately rehearsing for the Brisbane Swing Band’s ‘One Night Only’ Rhythm & Blues review. This awesome night of music will include a great line up of songs including Footloose, Car Wash, Route 66, Play that Funky Music, and of course a range of popular numbers from the Blues Brothers film. But first, I have a small performance this weekend at New Farm Park with the Brisbane Symphonic Band, where we will be playing a range of classic marches including my favourite – The Washington Post march. I remember this being played in a children’s movie back in the 80s and it was always one I loved to listen to so am very excited.
Dance classes are on holidays now so I do get a little break at the moment, so am hoping to get working on my other websites, plus work on some new routines. I think for July I might have to detox as well – work has been so busy that I’ve not been very healthy lately. I think I’ve only been to the gym about twice this month (and there’s not much of the month left!).
Wow.. I can’t believe how quickly time passes. I have been so focused on work and dance that I hadn’t touched my own website since 2012! So I decided it was time for an upgrade. I have always done my own websites in html but decided it was time to give a wordpress website a go.. and I must say I’m so far impressed. It’s so easy to use and add content and looks good. I am only using the free version so far, but might upgrade to the paid version for my dance websites once I’m sure about it all! In the meantime I’ve transferred all my old ‘news’ posts to here so I can eventually delete the old website.
Nothing overly exciting has been happening since 2012. Mostly dance and work. The dancing has been up and down, and work was starting to take over – so I finally decided this year I would get back into performing and doing the things I am passionate about. So I’ve taken a step back from teaching (I am still teaching but just cut down on classes), did a theatre show, and a student TVC (short film); and also picked up my trumpet which I haven’t played for a while – so am now a member of the Brisbane Symphonic and Swing Bands. I’ve even played a couple of gigs already and played my first solo! Our next concert is coming up on Sat 18 July, so I will put a flyer up on this page for it very soon for those interested in coming along.
Bollywood Dance classes, performances and Bollycise Costume Hire has taken over Racheal’s time over the past year. Her new dance troupe, SARI, has slowly been developing and has performed at many festivals, events, birthdays and more. With her collection of Bollywood clothing growing month by month, it was only natural to offer the beautiful outfits for others to wear by way of Costume Hire. Bollycise is currently the only specialised Bollywood Costume Hire operating in Brisbane, and now stocks Mens, Ladies & Childrens outfits, along with Decor & Theming items.
Bollywood Dance also saw Racheal choreograph a 15min segment for the Sandgate Theatre’s Variety Show, “Time Out” in May 2011, and in October, Racheal was selected to audition for SBS’s new realty show “Bollywood Star“. Sadly, whilst she made it through to the judges round, she was not selected for the Top 20, although Racheal is very happy with how far she did get considering the tough competition in Bollywood (and the fact she is probably the complete opposite of what perception of what a “Bollywood Star” should look like!).
Racheal is looking forward to 2012, and is currently looking into some exciting projects for the new year! Check out the SARIor Bollycise Facebook Pages to be kept updated…
After months of Bollywood Dancing and discovering her love for teaching, Racheal decided it was time to start her own Bollywood Dance Class: Bollycise– Bollywood Dancing for Exercise. Still using basic beginner Bollywood dance steps, Bollycise aims to
keep you moving rather than teaching you an actual dance. Bollycise classes are currently run every Tuesday at Sinnamon Park. Children’s & Adult’s Bollywood Dance classes also available. Click on the link above to find out more.
Racheal also decided it was time to get back into acting – she recently completed filming “By Night” a Griffith Film School Student Production, and is currently looking for a new agent.
In July 2009, Racheal also discovered her passion for Bollywood Dancing, making her debut performance at the Brisbane Exhibition during August with Bollyfunk Dance. After a short break due to a neck injury, Racheal has continued to learn the art of Bollywood Dance culminating in an array of performances at both private and public events. She recently performed with Bollyfunk at QPAC’s Melting Pot Concert; and has also started teaching Beginners Bollywood at Fresh Elements Dance Schoolat Mansfield.
The Star Rae Revue’s inaugral Miss Burlesque Competition ended in December 2009. Racheal has plans to continue the Miss Burlesque Competition later in 2010!
After studying Event Management, Racheal is back with her new events & entertainment business: Star Rae Productions. Specifically aimed at creating unique and themed events, Racheal is pleased to announce the start of the Star Rae Revue and the Miss Burlesque Competition.
The Star Rae Revue is a cabaret burlesque show that will be run over the next six months, starting on 26 July 2009. Check out the website for more information!
MERRYCHRISTMAS! Racheal is currently singing Christmas Carols with the Brisbane City Sounds Barbershop Chorus. If you’re lucky, you can catch her at Indooroopilly Shoppingtown singing with the group in the week leading up to Christmas.
She also recently completed the Intermezzo 1 Burlesque Dance class with Lola the Vamp; as well as received First Class Honours in her Ballroom Medals with Coll’s Dance Studio (Mt Gravatt) where she danced two showcases: Cha Cha Cha (Latin) and Charmaine (Modern).