Say hello to our newest Siren Instructor, Miss Eva Devore! Enchanted with old world glamour and bygone eras, this burlesque beauty creates dramatic visual feasts with acts to titillate and tease. With her black flapper bob and luscious curves, Eva evokes the glamour of sultry sirens of the silver screen. This term marks her first foray into teaching burlesque and she couldn't be more excited! Read on to find out more about what makes this sultry Siren tick.
Photography by Etienne Reynaud
Miss Eva Devore
"Art Deco Darling"
How long have you been dancing and how did you start in burlesque?
I've been dancing, performing and creating for most of my life! I started dancing at age 5, doing ballet, jazz and tap dancing in the little country town I grew up in. From there I went on to do a few years of physical culture, and at age 15 I started learning belly dance, which I studied for the next 6 years. I also performed quite a lot, and was always involved with various drama classes and productions. About three years ago I decided to finally try a burlesque class, and I fell in love. I soon began developing my very first act, and I started performing publicly at the start of 2016!
How long have you been teaching at Sky Sirens and which styles do you teach?
I'm so excited as this is my very first term teaching at Sky Sirens! I've been part of the Siren team for a couple of months now and have mostly been working behind the scenes on the social media, website and marketing, however this term I am joining our instructors and teaching burlesque. I love classic, vintage burlesque, so this term I am teaching Fan Dancing classes and 1920s Charleston burlesque!
How would you describe your dance style?
Sensual, dramatic and vintage. I'm a huge history nerd - I love wearing and collecting vintage, and burlesque lets me bring to life the glamour of the twenties, thirties and forties. I love the fun, flirty and wild Charleston, and I can't go past a classic bump and grind! I also just adore using crazy costumes and props, like feather fans, boas and giant silk robes.
What advice to you like to give to your students?
Burlesque is such a creative artform, and you can really embrace your own unique skills and qualities in your performance! Everyone has something to offer and something to bring to the stage, and that's what makes it really beautiful. Don't be afraid to let your light shine!
What do you do when you’re not being a Siren?
As Mistress of Aesthetics at Sky Sirens, I'm pretty much always a Siren! However, I'm also a trained seamstress and costume-maker, and I love channelling my creativity into amazing wearable creations! On the weekends, you can usually find me digging for treasures at vintage markets or heading out for brunch with friends. I love taking the chance to get out into nature too, whether its a bush walk or road trip!
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to visit Europe, as their history is so rich! I've also always dreamed of visiting Egypt, Japan and South America. It's such a wide, exciting world out there! I'd love to go back to New Zealand as well, as I had such a beautiful time when I went there!
What does this term hold for you?
This term I am teaching Deco Darlings, a 1920s Charleston-inspired burlesque class, and Babydoll Burlesque, where we will be learning how to twirl feather fans. Keep an eye out as I'll also be hosting another Sparkle Soiree costume workshop this term!