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 …

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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.

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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

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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/

 

 

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

 

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!

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 …

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 sun is shining as we write and we can’t wait for the next round of fun and fabulousness of the Luscious Burlesque Course. We’ve been catching up with some Luscious graduates to find out what they are doing now and what impact the course had on them. The course has been going for longer than Little Lady Luscious cares to admit to, but she loves 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.
This week we’re catching up with Sissi Emerald who is an actress as her day job and found that the course gave her more confidence in her performance and her day to day life.
 
Why did you decide to do the Luscious Burlesque course?
As an actor I have had massive body confidence issues and after seeing one of my friends performing and just wanted to give a try to gain some confidence 
Also the universe of cabaret and burlesque has always fascinated me and it is a skill that I always wanted to have 
 
Describe the course in 3 words.
Friendly, liberating, Chill
 
What did you learn from doing the course?
I learned that being sexy is not about your body type but more a state of mind. The size doesn’t matter. All women an men have the sexy side in them. You just need to own it
 
What was the best thing about it?
My confidence is so much higher now. I feel better in my skin. You are also surrounded by other people that support you and sometimes they become your friends.
 
Tell us about the first time you performed. How did you feel?
Before going on Stage, I was shaking. Once on it though, I felt in control and it was so empowering. I didn’t want to leave the stage! Being cheered by the audience is also a big plus. No judgement, just fun and pleasure. 
Have you performed since the luscious debut show?
Yes, I performed a second time with Luscious cabaret and also had my first performance at the Edinburgh fringe. I will perform again in October 
 
Who would you recommend the course to?
I would advise every  girls or guys who has confidence issue or has difficulty to look at themselves as sexy, to do this course. 
You will leave this class with a changed and more positive opinion of yourself
Do you use any of the skills you learned in every day life?
I use it a lot in my actor life, for audition, I walk with confidence in the room. 
 

Sisi’s experience inspired us to begin the Advanced Course.  If you’ve taken a course of burlesque you can now continue your burlesque journey, where you can continue to grow and soar.

Check out our Workshops and Classes page to find out more.  The next beginners course starts Wednesday 1st May.  Bring yourself and we’ll provide the feathers and fun!

Bookings and More info click here

 

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 …