Meet Juliet Peaches Neo-Burlesque artist, drawing inspiration from vintage and contemporary fetish. She oozes confidence with her sultry, and sweet attitude. A former Luscious Burlesque student and performer at Luscious Cabaret. We asked Juliet to tell us about her burlesque journey …
I used to share my first ever London home with a girl who was obsessed with 1950s fashion. She introduced me to the world of Burlesque by taking me with her to shows. Being obsessed with fashion, stage costuming and music from a very young age, I was really fascinated at how these things were complementing each other in Burlesque. To tell a story on stage, but most of all I infinitely admired the performers’ confidence.
A few months later, encouraged by my new years’ resolution of trying something completely outside of my comfort zone, I decided to join a short Burlesque course. I enjoyed it so much that I kept going and reached the advanced level, which terminated in my first ever stage performance.
It immediately felt like a positive and supportive space where I could really bring my ideas to life without fear of judgment or them not being “enough”.
I don’t think I have ever been more terrified in my life as in the moment I was standing backstage waiting to go on. But once the spotlight hit, it was a completely liberating experience. So I started craving more and more!
I decided to keep doing Burlesque side by side with my day to day job but wanted to find another course I could enrol on that would boost my technique a little further. I heard about Luscious Classes through common friends and decided to join – it was the best choice! It immediately felt like a positive and supportive space where I could really bring my ideas to life without fear of judgment or them not being “enough”. It really felt like being part of a family. This is one of the main things I enjoy about Burlesque.
I love how all the performers I met have their own unique way of telling their stories, either through choreography, comedy, drag, or one of the endless styles this art form branches out in.
Every day I feel extremely lucky and grateful for all the new friendships I have made through burlesque, and for being part of such an inclusive community. I love how all the performers I met have their own unique way of telling their stories. Either through choreography, comedy, drag, or one of the endless styles this art form branches out in.
I used to be an extremely shy person, I dreaded other people’s judgment of either my appearance or my creative ideas. I felt extremely uncomfortable in my own skin for a large part of my life. Since starting out in Burlesque, I finally found the creative outlet I always felt was missing: having a judgement-free zone where I could express my true self through art suddenly made me aware of how much I was capable of. It has hugely helped in me finally stepping into my power. Even in everyday life. I am not afraid of speaking out when something is wrong anymore, or of making people uncomfortable.
On a lighter note…I am also finally confident enough to go to the beach in my swimsuit without desperately trying to cover up!
My Burlesque journey has taken me to places I would have never imagined. At the end of last year I performed internationally at my first headline gig in Belgium, and at my first Burlesque festival in Glasgow. I love travelling as much as I love performing, and doing it while getting to do what I love at the same time truly feels amazing. Most recently, I have co-founded my own bespoke latex clothing business with my dear friend (and Cabaret stage manager extraordinaire) Felina Bush, The Bushy Peach Latex.
I have truly enjoyed my Burlesque journey so far, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me in 2020!
You can follow Juliet Peaches on Instagram here.
Allegra Whispers account of how she came to join Luscious classes and how she continues to grow and flourish has truly humbled us here at Luscious HQ. Get yourself a brew and enjoy this beautiful journey through burlesque.
I signed up to Luscious Burlesque Beginners course in 2018. It has been one of the greatest things I’ve ever done. In all honesty, I got out of a toxic, abusive relationship a few years back and since then its been a journey to find myself and my confidence again. It left me feeling lost, alone, and with a lot of emotional baggage as well as an incredible amount of self-doubt, and a lot of issues with myself.
Emily and Trixi really invest in each individual and you can clearly see Burlesque is their passion
However, getting out of it also left me with an exciting notion that I could do what I want, and an immense sense of freedom. I remember one-day thinking, I needed to find a creative outlet but also something to empower my femininity and sexuality. I happened to stumble across the Luscious Cabaret site and signed up to it on a whim and very last minute. Because why not?
Going into it I was very nervous, but Emily and Trixi were such inspirational women who really helped with every single silly question I had. The group was lovely, and I’ve made really great friends from it.
There were some classes which I missed and thought to just give up on the whole thing, but seeing and experiencing how welcoming Emily, Trixi, and the rest of the class were just inspired me to see it through and carry on!
Since doing the Beginner and Advanced course I’ve performed in many cabarets, even a festival in Barcelona!
What I love about Luscious Cabaret itself and the courses is that it is, without a doubt, the most welcoming and accepting cabaret I have ever been to. Emily and Trixi really invest in each individual and you can clearly see Burlesque is their passion. They really care about teaching it and are always excited to help you.
Since doing the Beginner and Advanced course I’ve performed in many cabarets, even a festival in Barcelona! I teamed up with Bella Rose to produce the Luscious Take Over and it has been so exciting, as well as a lot of admin, which Bella Rose has helped an incredible amount with. It has shown me a different side to burlesque which I’d like to continue to pursue.
Its been a year and a few months since my Burlesque Debut and I’m still very much learning a lot but I know that Luscious Cabaret will always be there to support me, and more importantly have unknowingly been a very important factor in my life, helping me become me again!
Begin your own burlesque journey like Allegra Whispers by signing up to the next Luscious Burlesque Course which shall begin on Monday 16th September at the Academy Mews Studios in Camden. Bookings can be made via our Beginners Burlesque Page Here
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 …
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.
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.’
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
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
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/
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!
Well… lets say I am more cheeky now than before…
September Course Details
Monday 16th September - Monday 4th November. The Academy Mews Studios, 15 Pratt Mews, London NW1 0AD 7:00pm – 8:30pm
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 …
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 …
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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Also the universe of cabaret and burlesque has always fascinated me and it is a skill that I always wanted to have
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!
It will take a superhero to save us from what is happening in UK politics. With this in mind we decided we needed some superhero powers to inspire us and get us ready for Luscious Cabaret next week. Our performers are already heroes on stage but if they had a super power what would it be? Little Lady Luscious would want the power to transport from one place to the next. The four flights of stairs up to her flat would be much easier manage, and think of all of those people she could save from oncoming London traffic. The possibilities are endless. Enough about Luscious what super power would our Magnificent Ten performers want …
Bolly Ditz Dolly
I love this question! I ‘d want the power to build, kind of like in the lego movie when everyone starts creating with objects around them and everyone has a good time! I’d love to build the bridges that a toxic world has tried to break down, I want to build glitter shelters, crazy sculptures, espresso machines and a 4×4 box wall around Trump, sealed with maybe a letterbox to post facts . The possibilities are endless!
Zee Zee Stardust
My power would be Mimicry (why have one power ,when you can take everyone else’s powers)
Ms Larissa Thorne
I’d like the power to speak with animals because, to be frank, people really get on my tits.
Carmen Mon Oxide
Superpower? Not bothered about a superpower but I do love a good cape! Actually I’ll have flying please. Always wanted to arrive onto stage by air!
Miss Suzy Saucepot
If I had super power it would be to literally save the planet from the human race who are destroying wildlife, nature and other human beings!
The power of Mind Control so I could make Theresa May cancel Brexit, any idea how I can develop that?!
I already have a super power Bibshkis! I defy the law of nature. I’m ageless Darlings – that’s the best super power to have. That and a psychic nipple!
We seem to be missing a few superpowers. We’ll be chasing them up and updating the post to complete our Magnificent Ten. In the meantime you can book your tickets for a ‘Super Powered’ Cabaret in London on Friday 5th April via the button below …