Having spent a couple of burlesque-choreography filled days in London I stopped off on the way back home to Edinburgh in picturesque York to deliver our trademark brand of burlesque to a gorgeous hen party.
The 17 strong party descended upon the Graduate (a favoured watering-hole in York) with a little apprehension, unsure of what they were letting themselves in for, but left two hours later as bona fide burlesque divas! As burlesque virgins, the group fairly quickly worked out that the genre has more to offer than feather boas and their inner actresses rapidly took over as they slinked and strutted their way through our session.
The group soon overcame any anxiety as they learnt how to bump, grind and ‘boom’ – and I am fairly sure they will be unleashing those on the general public tonight. In a lesson full of cheeky winks and suitably dodgy innuendos they took to being pin-up cuties with aplomb. And as to the tassel-twirling, well, there were certainly some natural twirlers amongst them.
After posing like professionals in a shoot at the end of the class – see the attached photo – they made their way back out onto the street with a new sway in their hips.
Update, 17 April: Lovely feedback from the party today: “I just wanted to write to thank you for our brilliant introduction to burlesque in York. Gypsy was really good fun and by the end got us all doing our glove stripping with a little bit of her finesse! She made the whole thing relaxed and fun, even for the mums who thought they were too old to take part (one has vowed to use her glove peeling skills next time she does the washing up). The skills Gypsy taught us in posing are going to be invaluable for the wedding photos! The hen, Suzanne, wanted me to thank you too, she and the whole group had a really great time. The Graduate was a great venue too (welly boot pitchers of cocktails!). Thanks for all your organising”
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