I love Burlesque! Having always wanting to photograph a show I was more than happy to be able to capture the Silken Burlesque Show, organised by the lovely Mina Von Vixen & Co. There is something about the world of Burlesque that makes me smile, women of all ages, shapes and backgrounds are welcome and celebrated for who they are. Hooray!
I asked Dancer ‘Mina Von Vixen’ & Compere ‘Miss Cherry Lace’ about why they became involved with Burlesque…
“I was approached by the manager of the foxlowe about putting on a burlesque show in January and I immediately fell in love with the idea. Leek needed something to shake things up! My interest in burlesque started when I was 14 and I started to choreograph acts. My ‘I put a spell on you’ act is the oldest one. I created this when I was 14 and debuted it when i was 18. Some of my inspiration comes from of course Dita Von Teese, but alot of my inspiration comes from performers I’ve seen myself. They have more of an impact when you’re in the audience. I have had confidence issues which have held me back from performing for nearly a year. I’m insanely happy to be back on stage. You get such a buzz! I tend to add a little bit of vampire into my acts. I love the old vampire films, hence how my name came about. – Mina Von Vixen
“Burlesque first came into my life whilst sat outside an exam hall at the University of Manchester. There was a poster of a gorgeous blonde lady provocatively holding her bra out to the side, up on the wall advertising weekly burlesque style fitness classes. I was intrigued, and jotted down the website to investigate later. My first thoughts were, this is amazing, I really want to be involved in this, and then my second thought was, oh my god, could I ever actually do this?! I am not a slim person, and my confidence in my body at that time was not very high at all, being a size 16, so I got in touch with the teacher of the classes to see if I would be fit enough to join in the sessions. Four years later, I have never ever looked back! So much was my love for how fit, fabulous and feminine classes made me feel that after two years of training I bit the bullet and trained to become a teacher myself. I was desperate to share with every single woman just how fabulous burlesque can make you feel, and wanted to fill every self-conscious lady with the confidence I have found from burlesque. After 18 months of teaching I have several busy classes full of students. There is NO greater feeling than helping someone be the best they can be. It is amazing how much of a boost burlesque can give you, and how many doors it can open up wide with regards to fitness, making friends and getting that self-esteem we all deserve. I have performed in countless shows, both as part of a Troupe and as a solo dancer, and recently have taken to the next step – talking to the audience as a show Compere. Had it not been for burlesque and taking that very first step, I would never have been able to stand in front of a crowd of strangers and act as a hostess as I did on Sunday at the Silken Burlesque Varietease.” – Miss Cherry Lace.
I love to hear what drives people to follow their passion, reading the girls stories I see so much of my own, having battled with low confidence all my life I can see why Cherry feels as passionate as I do about helping women feel sexy and beautiful. We all deserve that feeling.
For your pleasure…I have posted some of my favourite moments from the show below, I will post more another time, there were so many…;)
Amazing? I think so…
If this has inspired you to create your very own Private Peep Show in front of my camera. Get in Touch!
Or if you would like to try Burlesque but want to build some confidence first, I would love to hear from you.
Remember “Happiness is just outside your comfort zone”
Have a great week!