What is your favourite Artform?
How long have you been Dancing?
Pole dancing for three years and Burlesque for two years, it was a gradual transition from pole dancing in to burlesque.
Did you ever feel nervous when you first started Burlesque?
I wouldn’t say nervous but I was a little uncomfortable and unsure of myself when I first started.
How does Burlesque make you feel?
Burlesque makes me feel a lot more confident and more outgoing than what I really am. I like hamming it up during performances and being slightly outrageous and inappropriate in class when I’m with likeminded women. I really love going to classes, I’ve made some amazing friends and it just makes me a happier person.
Who is the Burlesque Artist that inspires you the most?
Dita Von Teese hands down opened my very innocent 15 year old eyes to the world of burlesque and red lipstick. Watching Dita perform, you see so much grace and confidence in her strip teases. I love her sense of style and her poise. I also really like Perle Noire, she’s a very mesmerising burlesque dancer and absolutely gracious. Of course I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t been inspired to give burlesque a go if I hadn’t watched Miss Katia Schwartz perform.
What advice would you give someone who wanted to give Burlesque a try, but was a little nervous?
Embrace yourself and don’t worry about what anyone thinks. It’s all about you and having fun and you will definitely make great friends along the way that will help take the edge off.
Has Burlesque changed the way you view yourself?
I’ve always been fairly body positive but everyone has their bad days and burlesque has reminded me that there’s no such thing as a cookie cutter body shape. It’s all about embracing yourself and being proud to show it off. It has certainly added to my confidence and my lingerie collection.