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Burlesque Hen Party, Edinburgh

Burlesque Hen Party, Edinburgh

The temperature’s in Edinburgh may have been hitting sub zero, but Kirsty and her hen party brought some serious heat to Scotland’s capital in their Edinburgh burlesque hen party!

Edinburgh is the perfect hen party destination at any time of year, and in December, the city has plenty of old world Christmas cheer – and plenty of mulled wine to help keep out the winter chill! Kirsty’s party came from all over the world to join her in Edinburgh to celebrate her upcoming nuptials, with Kirsty flying in from the US back to her homeland of Scotland to celebrate with her friends.  On meeting the party I was pleasantly surprised that I had met two of the members before; one of the ladies, Summer  ’Peepshow’ Spunksalot (as she was rechristened) had booked an Academy of Burlesque & Cabaret burlesque hen party in Aberdeen for her sister back in 2010and I had delivered it.  Summer hadn’t been well during her sister’s hen party session, but she made up for it this time round posing like a burlesque starlet and snapping photos at a rate that would have put Mario Testino to shame. Busty Malone (not her real name) had also seen me before performing burlesque in Edinburgh at the National Museum of Scotland’s Museum Lates in the summer.  She also caught our professional cancan and showgirl troupe ‘French Fling’ performing the cancan at the same event and was blown away at how fantastic they were – we are so proud of our high-kicking ladies for doing such a cancan-tastic job!

It was such a pleasure to put Kirsty’s group through their burlesque paces, and after having a good old natter about burlesque and academia (like myself, most of the group were doing PhDs and post-docs,) they created some fantastic burlesque names at breakneck speed.  Kirsty was rechristened Petal de Pussie, and her troupe was named the Penn State Follies.  Petal was a natural, and her Follies complemented her perfectly – by the end of the posing routine, it very much looked like they were ready to take to the stage!  Summer, who was snapping away throughout the session making sure that every move, wink and bump was documented for posterity, was a natural poser as well, and started a discussion about posing in  photos, which ended with Summer telling me about posing in photos with Prince William. (We trust that our lesson in 2010 with Summer helped make these poses perfect).  Petal was, however, the star of the show.  A little nervous at first, with the backing of her group and the fabulous Daisy (the group’s organiser), Petal shone.  She struck beautiful poses, was the perfect pin-up cutie and twirled with distinction.

The group were a giggle and really put their everything into their Edinburgh burlesque hen party – so a huge thank you to Daisy for making us part of Petal’s hen party.  We would like to wish Petal all the best for her upcoming PhD viva and for her wedding in 2013.

Contact us for your burlesque hen party in Edinburgh!

Gypsy Charms/Academy of Burlesque & Cabaret

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