I grew up watching a lot of cabaret shows, filled with showgirls! I think I always loved the glamour and escapism of it all, and eventually figured out that as a lifelong dancer I could be one of those girls.
Once you start learning and performing it takes over your life!
On the whole, probably people being judgemental and looking down at burlesque, usually without ever having seen it.
Do it! See as much burlesque as you can, talk to performers, find ones you like and respect and take classes with them.
Be prepared for the adrenaline rush of performing and that you will be forever covered in glitter!
The people. Audiences, performers, tech crews, stage managers are generally fabulous and we couldn’t do what we do without them. I’ve met some fantastic friends through burlesque.
The charity work is hugely rewarding and a way to do some good in the world. And to hear that you have made a difference to someone, that you have helped or inspired them.
So many! The performers I work with regularly are the best inspiration, because we constantly encourage and support each other. I have a huge amount of respect for anyone involved in burlesque, from the biggest names to the newest performer and we can all learn something from each other.