What is your favourite Artform?
My favourite is Burlesque, it allows me to express the feminine shape and beauty without being sexual. I love being able to dance and move without over complicated tricks/moves.
How long have you been Dancing?
Pole = 3 years. Burlesque = 2 years. Lyra = 1 year.
Did you ever feel nervous when you first started Burlesque?
I was only nervous about starting pole as I had no arm strength. I was excited and eager to join burlesque as embracing your body and beauty can be done by anyone but nervous when it came to starting a stip tease as I know I do not have the slim fit figure most people stereotype as sexy. Lyra was just an extension of my commitment to pole, not nervous but up and ready for the challenge.
How does Dancing make you feel?
Pole makes me feel strong and proud that I have worked hard to achieve moves. Lyra makes me feel beautiful and clever about combining tricks and moves in a fun, beautiful way. Burlesque has allowed me to remember that I am beautiful even if I am not the stereotype figure, I am able to be my own beautiful and celebrate the shape of my body without comparing. It's an empowering feeling to be able to love yourself.
Who is the Burlesque Artist that inspires you the most?
I am inspired by most everyday girls that post on Instagram - burlesque wise I admire Porclein Alice, Sheena Miss Demeanour and Dita Von Teese - each of these women have different shapes, styles and own their bodies - none of them are the same and this is what I want to be a part of.
What advice would you give someone who wanted to give Burlesque a try, but was a little nervous? Everyone is shy in life, being able to let go of what is happening in the world and just look at yourself and love who you are is the most empowering thing you can do. Starting out in a small group allows you to find your style and dressing up in whatever makes you feel good is the key to starting your own beautiful journey to loving and celebrating your body.
Has Dancing changed the way you view yourself?
Pole changed my thoughts on not being able to achieve unreachable goals - hard work really does pay off.
Lyra allowed me to see that I can look good when doing complicated moves - it allow made me feel better about wearing tights and a dance crop, something I didn't do often.
Burlesque - my oh my - it has given me the confidence to love my shape, image and differences. I still have moments of doubt but I love that I have shape and also love seeing others embrace themselves - that's the best about burlesque, each person I have danced with has smiled, celebrated their image and found a way to feel good about themselves.