On September 15th 2017 Frankly Desire recommended the Luscious Burlesque Course to “Everyone” below is the original blog sharing all of the fun …
The Luscious Burlesque course has been going for longer than Little Lady Luscious cares to admit to, but she is always pleasantly surprised by the diversity of the students and the acts that they create. So whether you are a seasoned professional dancer, an enthusiastic cabaret lover, a complete beginner with no idea of what burlesque is (!), or a total lay person who would like to develop their confidence through a fun and low pressure dance class – this course is probably for you. Today we meet incomparable Frankly Desire!

Why did you decide to do the Luscious Burlesque course?

Burlesque is something that always was in the back of my mind and I never had the dare to do, that is why when my friend Momo said she was joining the course I quickly jumped in!

 Describe the course in 3 words.
 Fun, fun, fun… for real!
What did you learn from doing the course?
 There is more in burlesque than taking clothes off and to enjoy and love my body as it is.
Well… lets say I am more cheeky now than before…
What was the best thing about it?
Apart from the amazing Emily that helped us every step of the way, the people I met during the course is the best thing, being all of us from different backgrounds is an amazing experience to learn and discover burlesque through someonelse’s eyes.
Tell us about the first time you performed. How did you feel?
I felt like a turkey the day before thanksgiving! But thanks to everyone there, the feeling ended up being like an astronaut watching down to earth. Unbelievable amazing!!!!!!
Have you performed since the luscious debut show?
I have performed with some friends in a show but it was not really burlesque, although I was taking my clothes off. Being on the course helped me a lot for that performance as I was feeling more confident with myself and I think that translated on my performance.
Who would you recommend the course to?
 Everybody!!
Do you use any of the skills you learned in every day life?
Well… lets say I am more cheeky now than before…
If you think the course sounds like it might be for you, for more info on the burlesque fun click here! or book your space via the button below.
The new course starts on 16th September – we can’t wait to see you there xx
You bring yourself and we’ll provide the feathers!

September Course Details

Monday 16th September - Monday 4th November. The Academy Mews Studios, 15 Pratt Mews, London NW1 0AD 7:00pm – 8:30pm

£150.00

 

When this application fell into our inbox we got quite hot and bothered while watching the video.  It was both educational and hilarious and an overall perfect fit for Luscious Cabaret.  We are thrilled to have Moon Dragon joining us on Friday 5th July and we think you will be too.  Read on to find out who inspires her and get a sneak peek of what to expect from her act on Friday!

Luscious Cabaret, Moon Dragon, Friday 5th July
How long have you been performing and what inspired you to get started? 
I’ve been performing for a little over a year, but started classes nearly 3 years ago. I’d been interested in burlesque for a while but at that moment in time I needed to do something for me – I’d got a bit lost and I needed a space where I could find myself again. Not only did I find myself but I also found Moon Dragon along the way.
Image of Moon Dragon smiling
What do you love most about performing?
I love the whole process of developing my own concept into a performance so that others can hear my stories.
Who inspires you as a performer?
My burlesque mama is Tempest Rose and I get inspiration from her and a lot of my House of Burlesque family. Outside of the family it has to be the wonderful Trixi Tassels.
What has been your most memorable moment on stage? 
Probably my first performance as a 10 year old playing Widow Twankee in my primary school pantomime. There were so many lines to learn but I loved it.
I’d got a bit lost and I needed a space where I could find myself again
We can’t wait to welcome you to the Luscious Cabaret stage without giving too much away can you tell us a little bit about your act?
‘Changes’ is an act about that time in a woman’s life when it could so easily feel like it’s all falling apart. But is it?? Developed as an educational act for the House of Burlesque Fresh Sex Education Special, this performance combines some of the positives and negatives of menopause, aiming to break the taboo and raise awareness about the topic whilst also delivering a health education message about safer sex.
Are you now inspired to join us on Friday for the Luscious fun times at The Albany Great Portland St?  Book your tickets here for London’s most welcoming cabaret!

Now this is one Lady we have been trying to get to the Luscious Cabaret since around 2017!  And she won’t be alone, she will be joined by Honest John.  This is both an inspiring and uplifting piece of cabaret and we can’t wait to bring it to you our Luscious audience …

Luscious Cabaret, Lady Blue Phoenix, Friday 5th July

 

How long have you been performing and what inspired you to get started? 
I have been performing now for 3 years. I have to say that I was at first inspired by a show I saw in my local area of Southend on sea, but was further inspired by Violet Blaze when she was a guest judge at Burlesque Idol. Her confidence and presence wowed me and just overall made me realise that everyone no matter what is beautiful. I went to a few more shows and overall what hooked me was how unique and individual the performers where in the industry and how there were accepted. 
 
What do you love most about performing?
Being able to tell a mini story that tells the audience a bit about me. Each time I perform I feel as though I am showing the audience the world through my eyes and they get to gain a perspective that they might not be familiar with. That with each foot step, reveal, or facial expression I connect to them and they to me and get to understand more about the world as I see it. 

Her confidence and presence wowed me and just overall made me realise that everyone no matter what is beautiful.

 
Who inspires you as a performer?
I have a few people who inspire me. Rubyyy Jones for their fierceness, mentor ship, friendship and sisterhood  and her acts make you think and challenge the audience views on lots of things. L’amour Le Monde for her stunning drag acts and her journey with burlesque that she tells with her burlesque act breath of life. Onyx Fatale for her acts that blend comedy and dance together and those that are just amazing hip hop dances that are out of this world. 
I feel as though I am showing the audience the world through my eyes
 
What has been your most memorable moment on stage?
Prior to burlesque I hadn’t really done anything on stage, but my most memorable time on stage would be the moment I actually had my first violin solo. I was scared, but when I got over that fear and played it was such an exhilarating experience for me.I honestly used to be scared to go on stage, but this moment helped me get over this fear and burlesque has just helped me even more by building my confidence on and off stage. 
Lady Blue Phoenix and Honest John
 
We can’t wait to welcome you to the Luscious Cabaret stage without giving too much away can you tell us a little bit about your act?
Columbia is a double act that presents a scathing political satire of the current state of the USA.  
Are you ready for some inspiring acts coming your way this Friday?  We are all good and ready for Friday Funtimes at Luscious Cabaret.  Go ahead and book your tickets to London’s most welcoming cabaret!

Queen Aubrey Jean has been on our radar for a wee while.  We have finally managed to coax her away from her grocery store and educate you all in the ways veganism and aubergines.  We can guarantee you will love this act as much as we did when we first saw it.  Grab your greens and book yourself a ticket to the most welcoming cabaret in town.  Read on to find out how Aubrey came to life and discover her most memorable moment on stage …
Aubrey Jean at Luscious Cabaret Friday 5th July
How long have you been performing and what inspired you to get started? 
I have been performing in am-dram since the age of four. I moved to London to go to dance school and then on to drama school and live amongst the excitement and buzz and artistic world of the city and to pursue a performing career. I was inspired to perform because I was quite a shy introverted chap growing up and this was a way of expressing myself and getting myself out there. Once on stage I caught the acting bug and now I can’t stop! In terms of what inspired me to do drag I love Drag Race, and watched it from season 1. I guess it kind of gave me permission and I saw how fun it could be, and it reminded me of my four year old self who’d dress up like Geri Halliwell and dance on the coffee table for my Grandma whilst she did her crossword in the paper. I’d suppressed him a little and it’s time he came out and made a comeback as something fabulous – voila! Aubrey Jean was born! Performing in Netflix’s ‘The Alienist’ last year as a boy prostitute in feminine clothing also made me think if I can do it on screen the next step is to get on stage and REALLY do it – so I did! With The Art of Drag course. Do it! Best course ever!
What do you love most about performing?
Making people laugh and smile. Best feeling ever. The feeling of being accepted too, that people are genuinely enjoying your performance and interested in your funny little sketch and what you have to say, and the enjoyment you feel in entertaining people and bringing them some joy and happiness. The uplifting buzz it gives you when you’re out there on stage and you catch the sparkle in people’s eyes from their smiling faces and you know you’re on the ice and the audience are right there with you going along for the ride! ‘ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH DEAR FRIENDS!’

Aubrey Jean is the worlds first Vegan Drag Superstar! With a passion for the eggplant and saving the environment one humpback whale at a time

Who inspires you as a performer?
Madonna. I know some people aren’t keen but I love her staying power, she’s intelligent, she’s artistic, her finger is on the pulse. She’s fearless, I love her ‘you say I can’t do it but I’ll do it anyway and succeed’ attitude. And she does. Hyacinth Bucket because she reminds me of my Grandma. My Grandma. Violet Chacki – her aesthetic and her level of drag and insane beauty. Pina Bausch – Tanztheater Wuppertal, Shangela, Courtney Act, The Spice Girls, Lady Gaga, Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus, Meryl Streep as Madeleine Ashton in Death Becomes Her.
Picture of Meryl Streep in Death Becomes her
What has been your most memorable moment on stage? 
Probably dancing on a table in a brothel in nothing but ostrich feathers in front of Luke Evans. That was pretty memorable. And it’s when I thought to myself I want to seriously do Drag.
We can’t wait to welcome you to the Luscious Cabaret stage without giving too much away can you tell us a little bit about your act?
Aubrey Jean is the worlds first Vegan Drag Superstar! With a passion for the eggplant and saving the environment one humpback whale at a time, she’s abandoned her Organic Greengrocery store and has wheelbarrowed herself into the heart of London to spread her message of Veganism to the queers all over the world!
So milk your oats and pour yourself a glass of Cinzano, pack your rice cakes and for the love of God don’t forget your nut butter! Aubrey‘s here and she’s ready to party – ITS TIME TO GO VEGAN BITCHEZ!
And book you tickets to Luscious Cabaret this Friday!

After performing her drag stand-up at Luscious Cabaret back in April, Ms Larissa Thorne decided to give burlesque a spin. She went ahead and signed up for the Luscious Burlesque Course and is soo excited to present Raven Divine to cabaret world.  This sexy and sultry minx will be getting you all hot under the collar on Friday night.

Ravine Divine, Luscious Cabaret Friday 5th July

It’s been a joy to teach Raven Divine.  The whole class had shoe envy through out the course.  Seriously when she comes on stage on Friday check out the gorgeous boots that will be on display!  Not only has she been a divine student she is a divine person too.  Read on to find out more …

Have you ever been on stage before?
I’ve performed in drag on the Luscious Cabaret stage, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Comedy Pub and Two Brewers. However, I was fully dressed at the end of those performances. Overdressed even.
Oh, and I was in panto as a teenager. Peter Pan. I was a Lost Boy called Slightly Soiled. It could have been a prediction…

By Day security Manager by Night drag queen and burlesque artisite

Are you excited about getting on to the Luscious Cabaret Stage?
Somewhere between excited and terrified!

How different is your day job from burlesque?
By day I’m a security manager. By night, drag queen and now burlesque artiste. Poles apart! I have been practicing my shimmies at work though.

Larissa Thorne looking at the audience asking for agreementWhat did you enjoy most about the Luscious Burlesque Course?
Little Lady Luscious and Trixi Tassels are so warm and supportive! I feel my creativity has been nurtured. And the other students have been great!

Come along to London’s most welcoming cabaret this Friday and show the lovely Raven Divine some Luscious love with whoops, cheers and plenty foot stamping.

Aah the lovely Gigi Vin Rouge, a recent graduate from the Luscious Burlesque Course, was recommending the course to a friend and in the process decided to do the course a second time. This time re – working her first routine into something more daring, with an extra bit of razzle dazzle and a few giggles for the lovers of 90’s music.

“Do you want the short, simple answer, or the much more complicated one that will play out like a therapy session?”

It’s been quite the journey for Gigi, slowly but surely she’s been stepping from the back of the classroom towards the front.  We’ve loved having her in class, she brings both joy and honesty to each session. The new version of her act is brilliant, she decided to challenge herself this term and we can see an amazing cabaret character blossoming.   We are most looking forward to her having her “fuck it!” moment on stage.  Read on to find out the difference between her day job and the burlesque life and her very honest and beautiful review of the Luscious Burlesque Course …
Picture of Gigi with Luscious Cabaret Friday 5th July
Have you ever been on stage before?
Before my Luscious debut a couple of months ago, the only thing I’d done recently is write and perform in the teachers’ panto at school! It was an altogether more clothed and less sweary performance.
Are you excited about getting on to the Luscious Cabaret stage?
Excited. Hmm. It’s hard to pinpoint an exact emotion. Definitely nervous, yes, probably a bit excited. Slightly repressing the fact that it is going to happen. I’m looking forward to the night as a whole though. The audience, the energy, the buzz of being part of something so special.
How different is your day job from burlesque?
I’m a SEN teacher, so at first glance, totally different. In actuality, there are a lot of similarities. I spend a significant portion of my day performing, trying to engage people and making them laugh. As yet, none of my burlesque experiences have involved separating squabbling children, interactive white boards or spending hours by the photocopier, though, they are both glitter heavy professions.
Gigi on Stage showing off her record collection
What did you enjoy most about the Luscious Burlesque Course?
Do you want the short, simple answer, or the much more complicated one that will play out like a therapy session? I’ll give you both.

The simple answer is that I enjoyed the people and the atmosphere. I go out a lot in London, and I’ve never felt so welcomed into an event as I have been at Luscious Cabaret. It’s warm, inclusive and so, so much fun, as are all of the people involved <3

“do you know what, fuck it! I’m still going to get on stage and dance and take of my clothes. And I will do it to fucking cheers!”

The longer, more rambling answer is that I haven’t always enjoyed the course, but what I have gained from it is utterly immeasurable. As a chubby/plus size (pick whatever synonym you like that doesn’t make you cringe or cry) person, I have had the constant, repeated message that my body is wrong, disgusting and worthless, that it should be hidden and something to be ashamed of. And I have spent my life believing this to my core. And I still believe it, but, do you know what, fuck it! I’m still going to get on stage and dance and take of my clothes. And I will do it to fucking cheers!

Picture Quote: This has been on of the best experiences ever

And hopefully, if I continue to celebrate my body, at some time in the future, the shame will be lessened. So, I haven’t always enjoyed the course. I’ve avoided the mirror at all cost, but I’m still doing it and each week is slightly easier than the last. I’ll keep going, and I’ll enjoy the wonderful people, the creativity and the buzz of the live show. Lots of love Luscious. This has been one of the best experiences ever. 
Gigi Posing at the end of her routine showing off her body to the crowd
Are you ready to cheer on the wonderful Gigi Vin Rouge?  Come along to Luscious Cabaret this Friday to whoop, cheer, and show the incredible human that is Gigi Vin Rouge some Luscious love.

With Paulus away there’s only one host in town who knows how to get the Luscious party started in their absence.  It is the awesome Carmen Mon Oxide.  In April she had our audience singing penis at the top of their voices, back in 2017 she tried seducing Little Lady Luscious’ partner, Mr Delicious by hiding him under her skirt.  We love it when Carmen comes to play as we are never quite sure what is going to happen next.  Read on to find out a little bit more about this cabaret powerhouse …

Luscious Cabaret, Friday 5th July Carmen Mon Oxide
How long have you been performing and what inspired you to get started? 
It feels like a lifetime! I’ve been doing cabaret for more than ten years now and singing since before I can remember! I had a really terrible job in a call centre and had already been doing a bit of busking… but having to call people who were already giving and ask them to give more per month to Medicine San frontier made my stomach crawl. I knew I needed to become a singer and I had a diva strop after someone spoke to me in a patronising way and never looked back.
Carmen posing on a log
What do you love most about performing?
Haha! Everything apart from dragging a massive suitcase around. When I was younger I always thought being a singer would be super easy with no double bass or anything heavy to hump around. Little did I know I would end up having multiple costumes, my own microphone, amps, mic stands and a huge amount of make up.
Who inspires you as a performer?
Alice Cooper’s stage show, the costumes of disco and the fabric shops of Goldhawk Road!
What has been your most memorable moment on stage?
My first appearance on stage as Angel Gabriel in the Nativity play (age 5).
Book your tickets for Luscious Cabaret this Friday to find out what mischief Carmen Mon Oxide gets up to this month!

It’s time to meet Debbi Delaware. A rock and gospel singer of a certain age who has found (stumbled?) her way into the Cabaret circuit through a love of singing (belting out) heart-wrenching ballads and venues that serve booze. A born survivor of the slings and arrows life has thrown at her, she is here to tell her story. Occasionally using the stage name ‘The Lady Miss D’ (if it’s a classy venue) and also part of rock duo LaBelle et Le Beast.  It was part of rock duo LaBelle et Le Beast that Little Lady Luscious encountered Debbi, but who is she really?  Who inspires her and what does she have in store for us at Luscious Cabaret …

Debbie Delaware, Luscious Cabaret Friday 5th July

 

How long have you been performing and what inspired you to get started? 

All my life I believed I could not sing – and had been told so many times I gave up trying – then two years ago I went into the Amazon Jungle to do an apprenticeship with an Ayahuasca Shaman and part of the work was to learn healing songs, or icaros, that are performed in the ceremonies to help people ‘purge’ and assist the healing/cleansing process. I was given a cd with recorded Icaros on and a lyrics sheet (which was pretty useless as it was in the native tribal language Shipibo – and what was written bore no resemblance to the sounds) and was left alone in the jungle to get on with it. By repeated listening and copying the sounds I found that I started to get the hang of it, then got quite good at it – according to others – but the real test was when I had to sing then in ceremony – and I had hardly got through the first verse and everyone was projectile vomiting (a good thing!). I knew I wasn’t able to hit some notes or get the breathing right so when I came bac I was determined to learn them properly so I was recommend a singing teach – short story – she informed be I could actually sing – and was quite good never having had a lesson – and she suggested I join the Gospel Choir she MD’d. Singing in the gospel choir introduced me to a wealth of very emotional songs and I would often find myself moved to tears – which was an inspiration in itself – so I wanted to share some of this with others – so I began trying for solos. It the solos I found I was very nervous so looked for something to do that might help with my nerves and stage presence and I came across Michael Twaits The Art of Drag course – which sounded fun so I did that and made my Drag debut at the student showcase at the end – that led to the heats of Prides Got Talent and then on to the semi-final. I love singing and love sharing song with people that I find moving (and often they do too).

 

What do you love most about performing?

Connecting with people, when the stories in the songs resonate.

Who inspires you as a performer?

I love women who don’t give a shit – so Cher, Debbie Harry, Polystyrene, Siouxsie and Wendy O’Williams.

What has been your most memorable moment on stage? 

When I sang at The Power of Love World AIDS Day Gala in memory of Tony, the love I lost to AIDS.

We can’t wait to welcome you to the Luscious Cabaret stage without giving too much away can you tell us a little bit about your act?

Expect some big numbers on dark themes.

 

Join us on Friday 5th July for some to class singing, drag, burlesque and Friday Fun Times …

The countdown is on to Joyous July with Luscious Cabaret and it is time to get to know our performers a little better.  Lady Perez caught our eye while Little Lady Luscious was working with the Folly Mixtures last year.  Then lo and behold her alter ego works at The Academy Mews Studios where the Luscious Burlesque Course is run.  Well we thought with all of that in common we need to see Lady Perez on the the Luscious Cabaret stage and find out a bit more about the whaacking queen of burlesque …
Lady Perez posing with Luscious Cabaret logo Friday 5th July
How long have you been performing and what inspired you to get started?
I’ve been performing professionally for the past 6 years. The first time I stepped on stage when I was younger was the first moment I felt I could truly “be seen” – I’ve been performing ever since!
What do you love most about performing?
It gives me a voice and allows me to tell my story.
Who inspires you as a performer?
Rosie Perez hands down! I’ve watched her footage from Soul Train at least a million times!
What has been your most memorable moment on stage?
Winning a battle at Supernova in Taiwan last year. They gave me a champagne bath tub as a prop – needless to say I had fun!
We can’t wait to welcome you to the Luscious Cabaret stage without giving too much away can you tell us a little bit about your act?
This one is a little more classic than my usual but expect just as much musicality, character & charm!
If you’re as excited about Lady Perez coming to Luscious Cabaret as we are you can book your tickets for the most welcoming Cabaret in London!