There was fake tan, glitter, ‘ballroom face’ and a touch of burlesque at Donahey’s Dancing with the Stars Weekend at Alton Towers. And I loved it!
This is the second year that Donahey’s have asked us to deliver a burlesque workshop alongside workshops delivered by the professionals from the TV show Strictly Come Dancing and other stars of the ballroom world. Being made to feel like an old friend by the Donahey’s personnel, I arrived early and had the opportunity to watch as the world ballroom champions took the participants of other classes through their waltzes.
And from the beauty of the ballroom classes, I transported the participants into the very different bawdy, raucous world of burlesque with a bump, quite literally. Putting the group of 40 or so ballroom dance students, who were utterly charming, through their paces, the burlesque session was filled with laughter, a dose of sauciness and plenty of burlesque bump ‘n’ grind. The Alton Towers burlesque ladies were particularly good at the classic burlesque ‘bump’ and I requested that if they saw me later in the evening, they strike their best poses and give me a burlesque bump or two.
After watching the sublime ballroom shows of Warren and Kristi Boyce and the breathtaking Latin fever of Darren and Lilia at the Black Tie Ball later that evening, I was subjected to a barrage of bumps by the now-slightly-tipsy afternoon class participants as they channelled the burlesque legends of the past with their new skills. They did me proud!
Later that night, socialising in the Late Night Latin Lounge, class participants Stacey, Tracey, Tracy, Jennifer and Janette, who were definitely leading me astray, had me pulling my best ballroom faces on the floor.
One, two, cha-cha-cha – and bump! Thank you to Donahey’s for having us on board again.
If you’d like us to lead a burlesque class or masterclass at your event, please get in touch.