Weekly Luscious Blog from Emily and Carla
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.