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/

What better way to kick off the weekend than to have a chat with one of our all-time favourites and queen of tassel twirling – Trixi Tassels! It’s time to meet this flame-blazing performer who will have us all enthralled next Friday…

 

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

Give us a tease about your upcoming act at Luscious Cabaret!

It’s raunchy, it’s hot, it’ll make you sweat!

 

We’re definitely excited to see what this lady has up her sleeve!  Luscious Cabaret is on next Friday at the Albany, with tickets available here

 

Photo credits: Matchless Snapshots

It’s only been a week since our last Luscious Cabaret, but we’re so excited about June’s lineup that we just had to share it with you! We’ve got a fantastic mix of Luscious favourites and brand new faces you’ve yet to meet, so we’ll get right down to it!

 

 

Making us gasp in wonder and amazement, the supremely skilled Symone!

Photo credits: Peggy Pollock Photography

Luscious alum and boylesque superstar, the incomparable Dickie Dalliance!

Demonstrating the perils and pitfalls of immigration, the hilarious Veronica!

Photo credits: Veronica’s friend!

Helping us time-travel to bygone eras, queen of vintage classic Odelia Opium!

Photo credits: Vintage Rebels

Flying in with gin in hand, the esteemed Lady Lylith DeHaviland!

Photo credits: Tigz Rice Studios

Astounding us all with her exquisite tasseling skills, the gorgeous Trixi Tassels!

Photo credits: Matchless Snapshots

And naturally, no show would be complete without our very own Michael Twaits lighting up the night!

Photo credits: Stephan Burn Photography

Luscious Cabaret returns on Friday, June 2nd at the Albany – you can book your tickets here.

We’re still hoovering up all the glitter and feathers from last Friday, but we simply had to take a break to share our amazing line up for the next Luscious Cabaret! We will be back at The Albany on November 4th for a very sparkly Round Two, but until then feast your eyes on our dazzling array of Luscious performers!

 

Delightfully deranged Lolo Brow will be showcasing her sideshow talents…

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Credits: Rich Newnham Photography

Velvet-voiced vixen Vesper Fontaine is ready to delight us all with her exquisite fan dancing…

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Credits: Plainview Media

Delectable neo-vaudevillian duo Gimcrack Productions will be taking us back in time…

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Credits: Andrew Tottenham

Making their highly anticipated debut will be Gentlemen’s Relish, the newest all male troupe to hit the cabaret scene…

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Credits: Plainview Media

Comedy burlesque star Miss Luci Furr is ready to make devout believers of us all… 

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Credits: Emma Ronay Bower

And lethal lady Carmen Mon Oxide will be wrapping up the show with her signature operatic bang! 

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Of course, the line up wouldn’t be complete without our inimitable compere Michael Twaits, who will once again be supplying the glitter and glam to what promises to be a fabulously Luscious night!

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Credits: Eliana Pelaggi

Tickets for the November show are now live on the Luscious website! Book yours here

 

 

This lady’s tassel twirling abilities have to be seen to be believed!  Here she is telling us a little bit more about herself…

 

What does a typical show day look like for you?

Uber-glamourous pink sponge roller wet set, carting around a huge suitcase, not eating anything that might make me feel bloated, worrying that I might have left something behind, looking forward to the post-show wine.
What is the best and worst thing about being in the spotlight?
Best thing: Holding the audience in the palm of my hands and creating a wonderful energy between us.
Worst thing: If you’ve had a bad day or are unwell you can’t just call in sick or do a half-arsed job.  You have to try to push everything to the back of your mind and focus on doing a great show which can sometimes be very difficult. 
 
Do you have any special pre-show rituals?
I listen to my tracks on my iPod to refresh everything and do some stretches to limber up.  If there is space, downward dog always seems to get me in the zone for some reason.
 
Tell us about the main similarities and differences between “everyday” you and your on-stage persona.
My silly, cheeky, feisty nature is part and parcel of Trixi Tassels.  I’m also very comfortable in the buff, or as close as I can get to it!  There isn’t much difference, Trixi is just a slight extension of everything Helen is.  
Craziest moment you’ve experienced as a performer?
I think it would be in Rome for the Caput Mundi Burlesque Award in 2014.  For the Saturday night show all of us showgirls and showboys were ferried through the city from our hotel in a fleet of vintage Fiat 500s to the show venue where a red carpet and paparazzi were waiting for us.  The Fiats had sun roofs that we stood up through and waved to everyone from as we were driving. I don’t know who the locals thought we were but we felt like superstars!
What is your all-time favourite routine you’ve done?
I think I like The Cowboy because it has such a slow, tense build to it.  I love the costume as well, as I’m quite obsessed with country-western imagery and of course it’s got my signature fire strip where I burn my corset and chaps off before setting my tassels ablaze! 
Without giving too much away, what can we expect from your act?
Twirling, whirling and a bit more twirling. 
Who are you rooting for on Bake Off?
The rhubarb. 
To see the Twirling, Whirling and a bit more twirling book your tickets via the below button!

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We are off on a Luscious adventure this week and we’ll tell you all about it in next week’s blog. This week we spoke to our last guest teacher for the summer workshops, Trixi Tassels. This lady is one of the world’s top tasselers, she taught herself to tassel before she even knew what burlesque was! By the end of the class she’ll have you tasseling like a pro. Here’s what she had to say about how she began and what is the most Luscious thing about tasseling …

 

 

Do you remember the first time you performed as burlesque dancer?  How did it go? 
My first time was really before I had ever seen burlesque or even properly understood what it was.  It was in New Zealand in 2005 when there was no burlesque scene at all, but a good friend of mine had lived in London and seen it there and performed herself.  I had taught myself to tassel twirl just for the hell of it after seeing Elvira Mistress of the Dark do it in at the end of her film and then taught my friend too.  I guess we were stuck with this random skill and decided to to put together a striptease routine for my then-boyfriend’s birthday.  We were both already quite adept with costuming and performing, coming from the bellydance world, so we made our own custom emerald green burlesque costumes and choreographed a duo act to Minnie The Moocher.  We performed in the middle of a decadent cocktail bar in Auckland full of antique furniture and decorated like a Victorian opium den.  Our friends were well impressed although some didn’t quite know where to look when we started spinning our tassels!  I absolutely loved it, but there was nowhere to perform in Auckland in those days so that was it for me until I moved to Perth, Australia and got into the burgeoning scene there.  My first performance at a proper burlesque show was in January 2008 at my Sugar Blue Burlesque graduation show, and I’ve been performing ever since!  
How did you choose your burlesque name?
At first I started out as ‘Volupta La Rouge’, for fairly obvious reasons, but it never really clicked with me and felt a bit cliched.  One day, after 6 months or so when I was getting known in our little scene as a pro-tassel twirler who could do lots of tricks, I fell upon the pun of Trixi Tassels.  I felt unsure about changing my name, but knew it had to be done early if I was going to do it.  And Trixi felt far more me than Volupta.
What is a typical day for Trixi Tassels like?
My typical day is always focused around when I have to leave to get to the gig and how many hours I will have for my wet set to dry.  Assuming it’s the weekend and I don’t have to leave early to catch a train or a plane, I will head to the gym as soon as I wake up for about an hour. After I’ve had my shower I will make a pot of strong black coffee and get to work on setting my hair in a wet sponge roll set which takes around 25-35 minutes.  My hair is really long now and it’s the only way it holds a curl for more than half an hour, although it needs 8-10 hours to dry depending on the weather.  I’ll then potter around the house and have a small breakfast and then set to packing my case for the show.  I’m a pretty slow packer and usually it takes me two hours to pack when I am going to a gig abroad.  I double check every element of costuming before I pack it and cross check everything against my costuming spreadsheet which lists every item for every act so I don’t forget anything.  I always bring spare stockings, spirit gum, extra jewellery & pasties ‘just in case’.  I’ve saved the skin of other performers as well as my own more than once with my arsenal of spares! I try not to schedule any social activities the day of a show but will sometimes head out to get my pedicure or manicure done or pick up anything I’ve run out of.  I eat lightly on the day of a performance and don’t drink alcohol until post-show.  Occasionally I will have a sip of bubbly backstage but definitely not if I’m doing any fire.  I normally begin my make-up at home about an hour before I need to leave, although I leave my giant lashes until I get to the venue.  I like to arrive to the venue early and hang out with the other performers and take my time getting ready rather than being rushed.  I don’t like being stressed out!  After I’ve performed I’ll normally have a large glass of wine as soon as I can get to the bar, followed by another swiftly thereafter. I like to chill out and mingle with the audience and other performers in the bar if there is time before I have to pack all my stuff away into my suitcase.  Then it’s home on the tube to remove all my makeup, wash my face and hit the sack!
Which Burlesque performer has inspired you the most?
Michelle L’Amour.
What is about them that inspires you?
Michelle L’Amour creates this insane energy between her and the audience which pulls you right in, even only on video footage.  She has such elegance and poise, but with this insanely strong sexuality. I love seeing originality and people who know how to use their body, their costume and the space. I am drawn to performers who can truly bridge the gap between the stage and the audience and pull everyone right into their field of energy. 
You have many different acts which is your favourite to perform?
I love Emerald Dreams.  I enjoy it because it’s really high-energy and has a mix of my favourite performance dance styles of the bellydance drum solo and isolation technique, and a super sultry and intense bump n grind.  I like to visually connect with the audience and this act really keeps the punters on their toes as there are so many visual and aural elements to the track, plus everyone enjoys the huge double Isis wings.  I always utterly exhaust myself in this act. It’s just under 6 minutes but I come off stage drenched in sweat and panting like I’ve just sprinted a mile. It’s the best feeling.
What to do you think is the most Lusicous thing about Tassel Twirling?
The silliness of it!  It’s so fun and absurd and I love watching people’s faces as they watch me go through my repertoire.  
If you would like to learn how to twirl your tassels join us on Wednesday 17th August at Academy Mews Studios. Bookings via the classes page.  Check out Trixi on her website trixitassels.com