As you may of seen Little Lady Luscious has handed over the reigns of Luscious Cabaret to two of her recent advance burlesque graduates Bella Rose & Allegra Whispers.  Every student’s burlesque journey is different so we asked them to tell us about theirs and whoa were we blown away by their stories.  We begin with Bella Rose …

Woman sat on chair holding a top hat over her head.  Wear black gloves and black underwear with black fringing.  Picture is in black and white

My first introduction to the world of Cabaret was pretty epic, as it was when I went to watch the Moulin Rouge. The lead dancer at the time had been taught by my Gran who runs her own dance school, so my family and I were lucky enough to go to Paris to watch her in all her showgirl glory. As an awkward 12-year-old I remember initially feeling a bit embarrassed about the number of boobs on show, but I soon got over this and became totally mesmerised by the costumes, showmanship and glamour.

I booked the burlesque beginners course at Luscious Cabaret before I could change my mind and can honestly say it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

Fast forward a few years and I was sitting in a bar with fellow performer, Bootsy Bonafonte, who was my dance school buddy growing up. She was telling me how she’d started taking burlesque lessons with someone called Little Lady Luscious and that she thought I would really love it too. I remember thinking how awesome this was, but that there wasn’t a chance in hell I could be brave enough to put myself out there like that. A few months later I watched her perform at the Luscious Cabaret and was so incredibly proud of how she owned the stage and her body that I nearly signed up to the course there and then. Sadly, the next day I was dancing round my bedroom in my underwear (as you do), caught a glimpse of my body in the mirror and thought ‘who the hell would want to see that?’, so this idea was pushed firmly out of my mind.

 

The turning point for me was getting married… random timing I know! As a self-confessed organisation freak, I’d spent months planning every detail of our wedding so knew I was going to have to get a hobby to fill the ‘wedmin’ void. After a few whatsapps to Bootsy from my honeymoon lounger, I booked the burlesque beginners course at Luscious Cabaret before I could change my mind and can honestly say it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

Woman with blonde hair posing with arm above her head wearing only nipple tassels and large pants

I remember my first lesson like it was yesterday. Donning bright lipstick, a polka dot head scarf and red Jimmy Choos (my wedding shoes), I rocked up to Academy Mews Studio having no idea what to expect. I was then greeted by Emily – AKA Little Lady Luscious – who was so incredibly welcoming and lovely, then I was strutting around the studio like Beyoncé before I knew it, wondering why I hadn’t done this sooner. Over the next few weeks I learned the basics of burlesque, created a stage name (after a drunken brainstorm with my husband) and a routine that I would soon be performing in front of a live audience. As a small-boobed, big-bummed girl I was incredibly self-conscious about my body and had no intentions of doing a full strip, maybe a sexy dance at best. However, after some encouraging words from LLL, a bit of Dutch courage and an incredibly supportive audience, I found myself standing in front of a cheering crowd, sporting red star nipple tassels (and not much else), feeling more alive and fabulous than I had ever felt before.

I feel proud of what I’ve achieved and think to myself,

‘wow you really owned it then.’

My first performance was in November 2017 and I haven’t really stopped since. After taking more lessons, including the Luscious Cabaret Advanced course earlier this year, I’m now performing regularly across London and have been chosen to perform in both the Bristol and Glasgow Burlesque Festivals, which I’m super excited about.

 

For me burlesque is not just about the buzz of performing, it’s about being part of an amazing community and empowering others to feel good about themselves. I’ve met some incredibly inspiring people, made some awesome friends and generally feel so lucky to be part of something so inclusive, creative and special.

 

It’s also really helped me with my body confidence. I used to genuinely hate my bum but have been told by a lot of people it’s one of my best assets on stage, so have learnt to embrace it, along with my other imperfections. Likewise, I look at photos from past shoots and shows and instead of immediately picking faults, I feel proud of what I’ve achieved and think to myself, ‘wow you really owned it then.’

Bella Rose with her bum to camera and hands above her head running her fingers through her hair

My latest adventure is co-producing the next Luscious Cabaret with my burlesque sister Allegra Whispers. We’ve cast some of the best up-and-coming burlesque and cabaret performers across London and have had a lot of fun along the way. The show is on Friday 2ndAugust at The Albany, Great Portland Street and tickets are only £5 if booked in advance. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/luscious-takeover-tickets-62321002797

Bella Rose dressed in Red and Allegra Whispers dressed in black sat on a bar with the words Luscious Cabaret Friday 2nd August across it

So, to wrap up, if anyone is thinking about giving burlesque a go… DO IT!! It’s genuinely the best thing I’ve ever done, and I couldn’t imagine my life without it.  Also, come to our show… it’s going to be awesome 😉x

Bella Rose posing with one arm in the air holding a cowboy and hat.  One hand on hip, wearing red pants and red nipple tassels

If Bella Rose has inspired you to give burlesque a go, head on over to our burlesque beginners burlesque page … https://lusciouscabaret.com/beginners-burlesque/

 

 

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!

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.

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!

Little Lady Luscious met this performer many years ago, at The White Lion in Streatham.  They discussed dance and burlesque and how Scarlett O’Hora wanted to join the family fierce.  After becoming a member of that family she went to perform across London and Europe and three years ago formed the sensational show LADS with fellow family fierce members Lily Snatchdragon & Lolo Brow!  You can can possibly grab a few secret tickets via their FB page to their birthday show on June 19th!

Picture, scarlett o'hora posing in a white sparkly outfit with Friday 7th June and Luscious Cabaret logo

We know you’re here to find out more about this amazing Qween!  Read on then book your tickets for Luscious Cabaret this Friday!

When you have a day off, what do you do for fun? 
I like to go for a hike or a walk, eat well with family or friends, read my book. Love having days off when the weathers good and I can be outside!

How did you choose your stage name? 
So I used to work in a pub when I was first starting out and one of the locals and I were talking about the character and he brought up gone with the wind, and we joked about the emphasis being on the ‘whore’ and it just worked and i loved it.

What’s the craziest moment you’ve experienced as a performer?
There’s been a few. One of my faves was backing dancing for Peaches, with my wonderful family fierce at yo! sissy in berlin!

What do you love most about the cabaret community?  
I love how diverse it is and that everyone totally owns what they are doing!

Come along and enjoy the diverse and wonderful world of cabaret at The Albany Great Portland Street this Friday.  

Book your tickets right here!

As we write the sun is breaking through the cloud so it seems a very apt moment to introduce you to this up and coming ray of light on the burlesque scene.  Celeste Étoile’s application video brought a smile to our face.  The cheeky winks and wistful wiggles got us moving and grooving to her routine.  We knew she would get our wonderful and glittery audience doing the same.  Which is why we booked her for our upcoming show on Friday 7th June at The Albany Great Portland St (you can book your tickets to the most welcoming cabaret in London here.).  

Celeste Was born on the W7 bus on my way home!
Photo Credit © Tigz Rice 2018. http://www.tigzrice.com

Celeste Étoile’s fall to earth with a bump and a grind in 2018 has set the stage for a glittering career in burlesque.  We wanted to get to know a little bit more about the sparkly Celeste, and find out the important things like what she does on her day off.  Read on and learn what she loves about the cabaret community …

When you have a day off, what do you do for fun?

I love going for walks around London! There’s so much to see of this fascinating city by foot, and recently I’ve been using a “hidden walks” guide, that gives you loads of fun facts about different areas and hidden locations, most of them right in the heart of Zone 1! If the weather is bad I love curling up with a good book.

How did you choose your stage name?

For the longest time, I thought I was going to be called “Hazel Halliday” – I thought she sounded like a glamorous 1940s Hollywood Movie star. As I began to learn who I was as a burlesque artist, that definitely wasn’t who I was! I wanted something playful, as my character seemed to be this fairly innocent ingenue on the surface, but could be cheeky and a little outrageous. That started me thinking about the angel/devil dynamic, and then I just started google translating a lot of heaven based words into French (as I was very inspired by Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge in the beginning). I googled so many different combinations, and then like that, Celeste was born on the W7 bus on my way home!

 

What’s the craziest moment you’ve experienced as a performer?

I am still a fairly new performer, but I think one of the craziest unbelievable things was being a 2019 finalist in the Legend in the Making competition at Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival. From what I understand, it is an extremely popular competition to apply for and the standard is really high, so to be asked to perform at the festival was a pinch me moment. Lady Wildflower and Heidi Bang Tidy are run an amazingly tight ship, and it was one of warmest and supportive shows I’ve been part of.

What do you love most about the cabaret community?

The warmth and support I feel from other performers when I go to shows. One of my favourite things about going to shows is seeing what other people are creating, there are always such creative and beautiful acts that I could never dream of devising, so it is really amazing to appreciate someone’s craft. It’s also really inspiring too!
If you too would like come and be inspired by the cabaret community join us on Friday 7th June at The Albany Great Portland St.  They’ll be plenty of fun for everyone as we kickstart your weekend!

We are loving the sunshine here at Luscious HQ and we can’t wait to jump into June and have more Luscious fun and games with our wonderful audience.  This Luscious Line up is all set to entertain and delight  Get ready for the giggles at the “loveliest cabaret in town!” on Friday 7th June …

June Line Up with words

Proving age is just a number is the awesome Lynn Ruth Miller

Falling from above with a bump and grind is the enchanting Celeste Étoile 

 

This one is giving us a tooth ache she’s so sweet it’s the sensational Miss Sugar Rush

Bringing a bit of controversy to Luscious is the fabulous Dinona Pussay 

First runner up in Aprils Burlesque Idol heat and all set us alight is Felina Onyx

We’ve got a veritable vixen in the form of Victoria Rose.

Strumming on her Uke and getting you all hot and bothered is Olivia Jannesson

Luring us in with her prolific song is Shirley the Middle Aged Siren

Bringing the sass and the sultry together is the epic Scarlett O’Hora

All hosted by the person who likes us all to think they don’t have a heart but they really do its TV’s Paulus!

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The May bank holiday is coming up and what better way to celebrate than booking a ticket or two to Luscious Cabaret!  There will be fun in abundance, plenty of friendly faces, fabulous food and booze all under the roof of the marvellous Albany Great Portland Street.  Leave your worries behind and let London’s most welcoming cabaret embrace you in a hug of glitter and giggles.

Carrying you away this month is …

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Agent Chlamydia Jones and their secret mission.

Pupin De Vert with a bit of pride and prejudice 

The Sensational songstress Ember  

Sensual and coy Rose Demure

Taking us on a ride is Juliet Peaches 

Out of this world Phoxy Qurvy 

Electra Valentine with her intricate web

Loris and Lee will be getting us giggling

The boss Little Lady Luscious will be getting up on stage

And if that isn’t enough Paulus will be back and drinking all of the wine!

Get ready to feel the love with us and book your tickets …