Interview with Shannon, Belles Burlesque student

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Shannon’s Interivew

 

How long have you been doing burlesque for?
Since Feb 2017.

Why did you originally join ?
I wanted to do something out of my comfort zone and prove to myself that I could try something I’d never done before. Plus the glamour & flair of burlesque has always appealed to me so I thought why not give it a go.

Did you have any dance background ?
Zero dance background.

What makes you carry on ?
It’s really good fun, our Monday classes are a great way to kickstart my week and I love how inclusive burlesque is – it’s not about looking a certain stereotypical way, it’s about exuding confidence, embracing your own beauty and wanting to show that off to the world.

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How did you feel the first time you stepped on stage ?
I was incredibly nervous until the music started. Then everything fell into place & I felt like I was in my element!

What has been your favourite burlesque moment so far ?
The first show I performed at because not only did I get to perform two fabulous routines with my friends but we got to watch the gorgeous solo performances which gave me something new to aspire to. Also we had a brilliant time picking our burlesque names & outfits!

Would you recommend burlesque to others ?
100%. It can seem daunting when you first look into it but don’t let that stop you. It’s easy to pick up with a little practise, a genuinely fun workout & makes you feel fabulous about yourself. Plus how many other opportunities will you get to dress up with glitter, sequins & feathers – go for it!

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Has burlesque helped you feel more confident ?
Absolutely. If you can get on stage and take your clothes off in front of strangers you can do literally anything.

 

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Still thinking you can’t do it? Of course YOU CAN!!!
If you would like to join Belles Burlesque, contact helene-phillips@hotmail.com