Cleo Rapture is a divine deity of Aerial and Stage Pole, Chair and Burlesque dance, who hails from Eora / Sydney and Mulubinba / Newcastle, Australia. Rumour has it that her legendary fringe has never had so much as a hair out of place in all its years. She is a performance artist, event producer, roving entertainer, and teacher of Pole dance and Striptease. An expert in all things spinning and sparkling, Cleo is a unique piece of wholesome Queer hellfire.
Ms Rapture is a regular fixture in Sydney Burlesque, Cabaret and Variety shows, and the Nightlife scene of Australia. The fire in her hips was ignited when she took her first ever Pole dance class in 2018, and since then she has transformed into a Category Five "Human Herricane of Sensuality" (according to one generous viewer). In 2022, Cleo has developed and unleashed her very own THUNDERCLACKS Pole and Dance workshops, which focus on using stripper heels to create soul-quaking bangs and clacks. She currently teaches classes at Sydney Pole - the biggest pole dancing studio in the southern hemisphere
BESPOKE DADDY OF POLE DANCE
2023 has been a whirlwind for Cleo; she spread her lust - and legs - all over Sydney and Newcastle stages as part of the historic Sydney WorldPride 2023 celebrations. She launched herself onto the international stage in March, touring to London and Manchester (UK), where she performed alongside pole dance royalty Kitty Velour at THE PUSSY PARLOUR CABARET. Since returning down under, she has toured the Australian festival circuit, including Adelaide Fringe, North Australia Festival of Arts and Sydney Fringe and Newcastle Fringe. Notably, her pole dance prowess appeared in the legendary Wonderland Spiegeltent, and she featured in award-nominated late night rock n roll variety romp WILD SIDE and Best Cabaret Show winner RED LIGHT CONFIDENTIAL.
THE RAPTURE is Cleo's very own intimate and unique variety experience, featuring the finest Queer and gender-diverse excellence. The show is spectacular mix of Magic, Art, Sex and Soul, and delivers a heartstopping ride through divinity and beyond. Featuring the finest displays of Pole Dance, Circus Arts, Sideshow, Burlesque, and Drag, THE RAPTURE leaves audiences equal parts caressed and corrupted.
Under the full moon of August 12th 2022, THE RAPTURE debuted at The Rogue Scholar, Newcastle, to a scorching hot sellout success. The second coming of THE RAPTURE took place on December 9th, where over $700 was raised for Share The Dignity's #itsinthebag campaign. 2023 kicked off with a very special 'Queer Rebirth' edition to celebrate Sydney World Pride, and over $500 was raised for The Gender Centre throughout the night. The June 2023 edition saw another spiritual evening and generous fundraising support for What Were You Wearing. After consecutive sold out shows since its inception, THE RAPTURE descended upon Sydney in September at legendary cabaret hub,, The Vanguard, for a sellout evening in the 2023 Sydney Fringe Festival season. The sensual supernatural Halloween special edition saw a magical night of tricks and treats, where generous donations flew thick and fast for ACON Health NSW.
You can catch Ms Rapture flying in the air or burning the floor in a city near you soon.