We literally cannot wait for the summer workshops. Today we’re looking forward to the Fan Dancing on the 12th August is going to be taught by the incomparable, Miss Tempest Rose. You should absolutely come down and check it out. Tempest will bring the fans, you just bring yourself and your most comfortable heels.
Here’s what you can expect:
Learn the beautiful art of the fan dance with Tempest Rose. Popularized by Sally Rand in the 1930s, the classic ostrich feather fan dance is an iconic burlesque act full of elegance and tease. Learn the skills and techniques needed to fan dance gracefully – how to hold your fans, transition seamlessly between poses, move elegantly and classic fan moves and tips, – the class will end with a choreographed routine for you to try out your new skills. If you do not own a set of fans let us know when you book and we will bring a set of fans for you to use during the workshop. Tempest Rose has performed fan dances in some of the No.1 UK touring theatres in the country, at The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House, The Hippodrome Casino, in New York and Paris Burlesque Festival and on BBC 1 on the prime time TV show Heir Hunters.
There are full details here http://littleladyluscious.co.uk/summer-workshops/
Here’s the interview tempest did with us last summer…
Do you remember the first time you performed as burlesque dancer? How did it go?
It was at Volupte for the Kitten Club in 2007 and I had to prepare two solo’s and learn about 4 group numbers so I was running around so much I barely had time to take in the experience! I think I did ok – I remember being on a huge high after and thinking that I had finally found my thing.
How did you choose your burlesque name?
I chose my name as a tribute to Tempest Storm and Gypsy Rose Lee – in hindsight the juxtapositioning of the two words is also a perfect description of my personality.
What is a typical day for Tempest Rose like?
I wake up and check in on my emails and social media on my phone like most people. My inbox usually dictates whether I can a) go back to sleep, b) post some pictures and schedule some fun posts or c) have to get up immediately to deal with some awesome opportunity/complete disaster/something I forgot to do the day before. Running between 1 to 3 shows a week usually means I spend a lot of my day online either organising or helping customers. Sometimes I’ll get the chance to do some costuming work which is nice, then if there’s not too much to do I’ll go to the gym( aka to meet friends and drink wine) or leave to perform or teach in the evenings.
Which Burlesque performer has inspired you the most?
Gypsy Rose Lee.
You have many different acts which is your favourite to perform?
At the moment my Vanishing Showgirl act as its my latest or I also always love doing the Ice Queen act – the music is just so beautiful.
What to do you think is the most Lusicous thing about fan dancing?
Fan-dancing makes you feel like a real showgirl – its so beautiful and glamorous, whilst leaving you space to put your own personality in to it.
Tempest Rose’s Fan dancing workshop is on Wednesday 3rd August. For more information and bookings click here