Betsy Rose

How did you find a passion in Burlesque?

Burlesque had forever intrigued me before I entered its captivating world. As a child I was fascinated by the bygone era – old movie stars, beautiful costumes, the romance in movies. My passion for history, coupled with my dance background led me straight to burlesque.

What is the most difficult aspect of being a part of the Burlesque industry?

There are no negative connotations for me about the burlesque industry itself. The only difficult part of being part of the industry is certain peoples narrow minded opinions of what they think burlesque might be. This, however, is also what the original spirit of burlesque was all about, being risqué, an underground movement. It adds to its allure. It was never intended to be main stream, the fact it has entered into popular culture was a very wonderful mistake. Different strokes for different folks, but I’m sure that if said narrow minded people were to open their mind once in a while their lives would be filled with far more passion and wonder!

What advice would you give to anybody wanting to join the industry?

Always be true to yourself. There are no rules or boundaries in burlesque. It relies so heavily upon individual expression and passion. Unlike other genres, it cannot be defined or taught as easily as other performance styles, so explore your own character. Burlesque is the art of undressing, with emphasis on the art part. To be a burlesque performer means to become an artist.

What is the best aspect of being a part of the Burlesque industry?

I adore the people in my industry. They are wonderful friends who inspire and amaze me every time I watch them on stage. It’s a very supportive world … and one in which much champagne and wine is consumed backstage!

Do you have a Burlesque icon inspiration…why do you like them?

I seek inspiration from all the burlesque greats, Lilli St Cyr, Gypsy Rose Lee, Sally Rand. They are the gals who we have to thank the most! The carved an incredible path for us to follow on from. They were so truly powerful and strong, with more sass than we would imagine.