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

 

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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

 

Stormina

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

 

Well Hello There …

Summer is well and truly in full swing but we’ve got some awesome things to look forward to in September!  Double trouble in the form of Little Lady Luscious & Trixi Tassels. Plus Luscious Cabaret has not one but two residencies!

Luscious Cabaret – Private & Confidential

We are back at Privee of Knightsbridge every Thursday from 20th September and we are going to be bringing you a tantalising taste of 1940s Hollywood glamour.  Femme Fatales, dandy fellas, gangsters & much more.   Descend the stairs to the intimate Privée of Knightsbridge for a very private and confidential evening of cabaret. Think trilby’s, feathers, sequins, private detectives and a little bit of suspense …

Luscious Cabaret @ The Albany

We also return to our beloved Albany, Great Portland St from Friday 7th September. But not just that we have a very FAB-U-LOUS new host Paulus!  You know the one from the Telly, BBC One’s All Together Now!  Along with the TV glitz we’ll be bringing you more  enchanting burlesque, daring drag, magical magic, charismatic comedy and tempestuous tasseling, you can rest assured that there will be something for everyone!

For more info on both shows head to littleladyluscious.co.uk/cabaret

Luscious Classes – Luscious & Trixi Tassels are it again.

Since teaming up in February for the Luscious Showcase Course the Luscious Tassels collaboration is continuing this Autumn too!  Have you ever wanted to learn the art of burlesque and get yourself up on stage?  Join Trixi and Luscious from 12th September and we’ll have you bumpin’ & grinding and dancing your way on to stage in November!

For more info & bookings head to littleladyluscious.co.uk/classes

 

We’ve been so excited over at Luscious HQ about our brand new cabaret night at Privée in Knightsbridge. It took weeks to handpick the most delectable melange of luscious lovelies. Luckily all of Little Lady Luscious’ hard work paid off and the end product was a really interesting mix of clown, circus, singing and burlesque.

Privée, Knightsbridge is specially designed for people to enjoy delicious food with amazing entertainment and seemed like the perfect spot for a little bit of Luscious magic.

As it was a first, It had to be special and so guests were serenaded on arrival by the stunning Vesper Fontaine accompanied by Aaron Clingham on keys. Considering they’d only met that day they provided a really stunning soundtrack to the night and set up a really enchanting atmosphere in the venue. Vesper was back later with her phenomenal fan dance and performance of Sinkin’ Soon. We were looked after lovingly by the delightful Mercury, who oversaw proceedings marvellously and steered us through the evening with a lot of charm and joy. Little Lady Luscious, our benevolent leader also treated us to two fabulous performances from Tiina, and spoiled us with performances from the incomparable Kiki Lovechild and from the Lady herself.

Obviously, while Little Lady L brought the fabulous entertainment. I didn’t have time to eat all night (obviously I was hard at work) but I am reliably informed that the food was really tasty as guests were served a 3 course meal before and during the show. I was particularly jealous of the aubergine main course and I’m told that the salmon was delicious. I did manage to steal some Baklava from someone and it was particularly tasty. (Please note that if you come to Luscious Privée in the future, the stage manager does not usually steal dessert from guests – I promise).

 

Stage Manager Mention: She was fabulous. That is all (It was me).

 

Stormina’s top 3 moments of the night:

3.Vesper and Aaron started the evening so beautifully with their selection of jazz hits. It set the whole evening off perfectly.

2.After a long period of focusing on her producing and teaching, it’s such a delight to see Little Lady Luscious performing again. Her reverse strip to Paulo Nutini’s Pencil Full of Lead is perfect evidence that Dynamite really does come in Small Packages.

1. Mercury’s cameo in Kiki Lovechild’s Butterfly act. That entire act was amazing and while the childlike delight in Kiki’s eyes was totally infectious; Mercury’s cameo as a floaty butterfly was almost too perfect.

Watch this space for more Privée news in the future!

So this month we’re looking back at a Luscious family show starring my very own self; Stormina Teacup and other members of the Luscious family.
Our story begins one cold and nippy evening last winter when Little Lady Luscious had the idea for a collaborative show with Gentleman’s Relish (a boylesque four-piece of former Luscious students) and a group of her former female students. We put on our first, sold out show in July and then we were back on 1st december with a winter warmer of Christmas Cabaret.

The show itself was a ridiculous mixture of Christmassy acts, with burlesque from the delectable Bootsy Bonafonte who took us on a magically naughty sleigh ride; the charming Dickie Dalliance who took us down under for a saucy Santa strip and the remarkable Vince Moon who scandalised the whole audience with his deviant Santa act. The lucky audience were serenaded by adorably obscene Igor Maniac and the Tempestuous Stormina Teacup. They were treated to fire by the Blazing Sandy Fishnets and a sneak preview of the Queen’s speech with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the regal Chalkilicious. There were also collaborations from everybody’s favourite boyband who gave us their own form of festive sass and a delectably cheeky finale number starring the whole cast and choreographed by our very own superstar; Bootsy Bonafonte. Holding the whole show together was our stunning host: Onyx Fatale. Hilarious, gorgeous and always an absolute gift. She gave us exactly what we wanted for Christmas. (This all alludes to stuff she did on the night; namely bursting out of a giant box and dancing to Maria Carey).

Stage Manager mention:
I love a good stage manager and Gigi Moonshine was so good at her job that our photographer didn’t even manage to get a picture of her. Fabulous work!

Stormina’s Favourite bits:

3. The amazing barista in Bootsy Bonafonte’s Sleigh Ride act. Bootsy is always a stunner and that act is EVERYTHING – but the Barista. The Barista was fire. (Played by Stormina Teacup)
2. Sexy Santa in the finale number “Man with the Bag” – was undoubtedly the most convincing and definitely didn’t make any mistakes in the choreography. We’ll never know who played “sexy Santa” except that we do – it was me, lovers – Stormina Teacup!
1. Stormina Teacup’s amazing performance of Louis Armstrong’s ‘Zat you Santa Claus? With a voice like Caramel and a beautiful sheer couture gown, made by her very own fair hands; Stormina gave an amazing performance of an outrageously attractive woman who really wants to meet Santa Clause but is afraid that it may actually be a monster coming to get her. Her performance was an absolute tour de force. Amazing.

OK, OK, you may have noticed a discrepancy in our normal impartiality here. Little Lady Luscious has very stringent standards for her blog and takes bias very seriously. As a result I’ve asked our lovely and very Luscious photographer, Stephan Burn for his Top 3 moments of The Great Christmas Spread;

3. Now we’re off to a bad start with number 3 but I swear this is legit; Stephan’s third favourite moment of the show was Stormina Teacup’s “’Zat You Santa Claus?”
For context – Stephan is always at every Luscious event and has been witness to all of our graduations and early performances. Stephan said (I promise) that it was really good to see such a confident performance from someone who is normally more than a little bit timid (who me?). This is all Stephan’s own opinion and has nothing to do with the suitcase of cash I gave him before the show.
2. Everyone loves a transitional moment – Stephan’s second favourite moment of the night was one such. He’s chosen the glorious Vince Moon’s transition from Doris Day’s Here comes Santa Claus to something altogether more sinister and bestial. I don’t want to ruin the reveal too much – but let’s just say that Santa has a little more in his sack than you were possibly anticipating. For the record – Stormina was not involved in this performance at all. She wasn’t even one of the hot babes who came on with feather fans at the end. Hot babes were played by Bootsy Bonafonte and Sandy Fishnets.
1. Stephan’s favourite moment of the night was another transition. Gentleman’s Relish’s change from 4 Wise Men from the East to 4 men from East 17. Who doesn’t love a boyband act? And the boys gave an amazingly authentic performance of this classic thugs need love too track. I won’t tell you about what they did with their socks because I think you should go and see this act next Christmas and I don’t want to spoil it for you.

The next in our series of Guest Teacher Blogs is a long time friend of all things luscious – It’s Trixi Tassels! Trixi is going to be guest teaching a tassel twirling class and if you have ever wanted to improve your tasseling technique- this is the class for you. This time we get 

 

What is your first memory of performing?

When I played one of the Three Billy Goats Gruff on stage with an amateur kids theatre group – I must have been 6 or 7 or something.

Tell us about the best and worst parts of being on stage.

Best parts are when you get that magical connection with the audience and they’re completely in the palm of your hand.  You can be doing absolutely nothing on stage but they are totally enthralled.  The worst parts are when you’re not feeling the act, not in the moment for some reason, and then that translates to your energy and that prohibits you connecting with the audience.

Do you have any traditions or rituals on the day of a show?

I try to eat lightly and I don’t drink until after I’ve performed.  I go through my costuming spreadsheet to check I have every little item from the big costume items right down to the little things like spirit gum and jewellery.

How do you develop a new routine? Tell us a bit about the creative process.

I tend to connect with a song first.  I may have a broad concept, but it will only start to come together when I have found the perfect song which provides the inspiration for the feeling, the costume, and the pacing of the whole thing.  The song is absolutely integral. Once I get the song, I play it several dozen times over and map out the act and design the costume in my head before it starts to come to physical life.  Often I re-cut it to extend or shorten it or repeat particular parts that work really well.

Whats’s your favourite way to relax after a show?

With lots of wine or gin!  It’s nice to hang out backstage for a bit away from the crowds to chill out a bit before the hustle bustle of heading out to the public space.

Do you have any secret talents?

Apart from being one of the world’s best tassel twirlers, I make a mean risotto.

Song you’re currently listening to on repeat?

Dead Radio by Rowland S. Howard.  It’s got the best opening line to an album ever.

 

We’ve got our tassels on ready to enjoy this class on Saturday 26th August. Book your place now to avoid disappointment:  http://littleladyluscious.co.uk/summer-workshops/

Dilemma: how do you answer interview questions if you’re a mime? Well, our next Luscious teacher certainly figured out a way to get around that! You’ll have to use your imagination,  but we promise you it’s worth it – and you can learn the ways of the burlesque clown in our summer workshops this summer. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to meet the absolutely delightful Pi the Mime!
1. What’s the ideal way for you to start off your day?
*Pi lies flat on the ground, raises both arms in the air and sits bolt upright.*
2. Are you more of a morning person or a night owl? 
*Pi looks out of the window, sees sunlight and squints before holding eyes firmly shut.*
3. Where do you get the inspiration for your acts?
*Pi looks around, points at a book and a radio. And then taps his head, his stomach and his heart.*
4. What’s your favourite way to unwind after performing?
*Pi jumps up, runs around the room, skips, laughs and then collapses in a heap.*
5. Tell us about your most memorable moment on stage. (Can be good or bad!)
*Pi falls of his seat, stands up, looks left and right and then stops. Mimes removing trousers and grinning, then looking down and realising that their are no mime pants on!!!*
6. What show are you currently binge-watching?
*Pi shakes his head in shame and turns the nearest lightbulb on and off a few times, before beginning to trace the alphabet in the air above him.*
7. Who would you most like to perform for, and why?
*Pi scratches his head. Shrugs. Looks up. Looks down. Looks left. Looks right. And then points at you. YES YOU! And nods enthusiastically.*
8. Any New Year’s resolutions?
*Pi grins, spins around, draws a circle in the air and holds it close.*
Pi will be teaching our Clowning in Burlesque course on 19th August.
Photo credits: Plainview Media