The Luscious Burlesque Classes restart in less than a month. In the next few weeks, we’ll be talking to some previous students about their experience with the course. Today we’ve asked Stormina Teacup to give us her reflections on the Luscious Burlesque Class. Stormina is a former student who now performs (occasionally) and works backstage with the House of Burlesque and Little Lady Luscious. This is what she had to say about her time on the course:
Having never seen a burlesque show before, it may have been quite a rash decision to take a burlesque class. My love of 19th century costume and lingerie brought me to burlesque and I decided that I wanted to wear corsets and bustles and to be able to move in them. Considering that I am quite introverted – this may not have been my most sensible decision in my life, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Little Lady Luscious immediately burst my bubble, by dispelling me of the idea that burlesque was all moulin rouge. I realised how huge the genre of burlesque could be and that I could really explore my own character through burlesque performance. The way that the course is broken down each week with different skills and staples of burlesque makes it seem much less daunting and fun. Learning booty shakes, shimmying and how to walk (in heels) in different personas is a real boost to everyone’s confidence and the group is normally a big mix, meaning that there is a very friendly atmosphere. LLL is also the least scary teacher you can imagine, with limitless patience and the ability to really bring you out of your shell (mostly using giggles and cuteness).
Developing my own stage name and burlesque persona (which has continued to grow since finishing the course) was really exciting and learning different routines and developing choreography was a really fun project. Having a performance at the end of the course makes your first routine into a real labour of love and while I felt incredibly nervous before hand, it felt amazing being on stage in a costume I had put together myself which included, of course, a bustle.
Since finishing the course I have chosen to get more involved with backstage preparation and costuming more than performing. I’ve met and worked with so many amazing performers and am now part of the most empowering, friendly and supportive burlesque family I could imagine. I’ve also got together with some of the other girls I was on the course with to create a troupe – we’ve performed together a few times, and we recently put on a show with the Luscious boy’s troupe: Gentleman’s Relish. Burlesque is such a varied and beautiful art form, with such amazing creativity and flexibility that you can take it as far as you want to. Learning important life skills, like how to bend down and pick something up coyly, or how to do something as simple as removing a glove while inspiring the most lustful thoughts imaginable have made me feel more confident in my day to day life and have hugely improved my sense of self and made me a lot more accepting of my body.
But don’t just take Stormina’s word for it. The first class is on 1st May
Book your place here: lusciouscabaret.com/classes