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Burlexercise - The Ultimate Showgirl Workout

By S TWIST 06 Jun, 2017
Tell us all about yourself Ceza...

I had never intended on becoming a fitness instructor, having chosen an engineering degree, but while looking for a job after uni, I fell in love with Pilates.  The Pilates studio owner planted the idea of me training to become an instructor.  I've always loved fitness, having tried different types of exercise, capoeira, trampolining, volleyball, aerial hoop, etc. and therefore realised a career in fitness really resonated with me.

A year and a half later, I found out about Burlexercise. I had previously tried Burlesque classes and loved them and I have always loved dancing, so this really appealed to me. I love how Burlexercise combines dance cardio and resistance training, because you don't often get the two together in a class. I love the music and I love how fun it is!

One thing I really love ( yep, there's a whole lotta love in this section ) about teaching fitness is seeing the difference it makes to people. They leave feeling better about themselves, their bodies are improving, they are becoming stronger, fitter, healthier and more confident! All of that makes me happier, knowing I'm making a difference to someone.


What's your favourite Showgirl move?
My favourite Showgirl move is the bum shimmy! Oh, but I also love the cancan! There are too many moves I love. Those two make me feel extra Showgirl and sexy and they are lots of fun to do!

Who is your favourite Diva and why?
My favourite Diva is Cher. I had her cassette as a kid and used to listen to her album a lot. I loved her outfits, even the very daring ones! I think she's had an amazing career, and a woman who demanded a separate room for her wigs while on tour deserves Diva status!

If you were sat around a dinner table with Elvis, the Rat Pack, Marilyn Monroe and Johnny Cash, what would you ask any of them and who would you sit next to?
I would sit next to the Rat Pack and Marilyn Monroe. I would ask them about their amazing journeys to get to where they got and also ask about all the nitty and gritty details behind the scenes, because I'm sure there are lots of amazing stories that aren't known.

Eating healthy daily is important, but when you're treating yourself, what is your most deliciously naughty favourite food?
I love eating healthy food but my weaknesses are bread, I could just eat loads of bread all day everyday and chocolate peanut butter, I just love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate! I believe everything in moderation is OK, occasionally you have to treat yourself and there's nothing wrong with that!

Do you have any cool tips on how we can keep active outside of class too?
I think keeping active is all about doing what appeals to you. If you enjoy walking, walk, if you like swimming, swim, if you like dancing, go dancing or dance around the house ( I do this way too often, hehe ). The most important thing is that you enjoy it, so it doesn't feel like something you have to do!
By S TWIST 25 May, 2017
So Lucy, tell us about you...
I am about to finish my degree in Health, Exercise and Physical Activity and am REPS level 2 qualified with level 3 qualifications in Clinical Exercise Referral for disabled and special populations and older adult exercise.  I fell in love with burlesque about 3 years ago when I found classes and experienced the complete empowerment and body confidence that burlesque promotes.  I have performed burlesque but not professionally, when I found Burlexercise I felt as though this was the perfect outlet to combine my passion for wellness with my love of burlesque and performing!  I wanted to share the self confidence, sassiness and sexiness that I found from practising burlesque and taking care of yourself!  I thrive on helping people realise that exercise is fun if you find the right outlet!

- What's your favourite Showgirl move?

My favourite showgirl move is 'Shiiiimmmmyyyy!!!'

- Who is your favourite Diva and why?
My ultimate diva and absolute icon is Joan Collins! She epitomises class, poise and strength without compromising femininity!

- If you were sat around a dinner table with Elvis, the Rat Pack, Marilyn Monroe and Johnny Cash, what would you ask any of them and who would you sit next to?
I would ask Marilyn about her secrets, I bet she had so many tales to tell! I'd sit between her and Johnny Cash, that would be an interesting sandwich!

- Eating healthy daily is important, but when you're treating yourself, what is your most deliciously naughty favourite food?
My favourite 'naughty' food is homemade extra spicy chilli with sweet potato fries, guacamole and lots of cheese! I don't necessarily believe any foods are naughty tho, if you eat moderately and make sure you move enough, nothing is naughty!!!! 

- Do you have any cool tips on how we can keep active outside of class too?
I believe that physical activity should not have to be a chore, do what makes you happy! Dance, walk, run, swim, just move your body and you'll feel good!
By S TWIST 07 Apr, 2017

Hi everyone, yes we have Burlexercise in Cornwall!

I have always loved dancing and many types of music from Jazz and Swing, to whatever is playing currently on the radio. I am a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing, glitz, glamour and of course anything in shocking cerise pink - it’s actually my favourite colour!!  I have recently taken up Salsa dancing and am regularly caught trying new moves around my kitchen, at work whilst teaching, or at the photocopier and well pretty much anywhere, but you’ve just got to move when you want to…..right?  I love the Jive, Quickstep and many others but Burlexercise is what I do the most (even when not in class).  My biggest hobby has always been fitness, I enjoy anything from running to Yoga, so I qualified as a fitness/Spinning instructor in 2015.

Intrigued by my Aunt’s Burlesque career, I did some homework into the art of Burlesque, joined a dance group, developed my confidence and have performed on stage as a Burlesque dancer and have been a stage kitty too.  When I found Burlexercise I knew it would be a fab-u-lous class to deliver to my ladies, and it was something a different to the other dance fitness classes on offer.

I love the showgirl elements and I really enjoy adding those little touches of sass to my class.  I am coming up to almost a year of teaching Burlexercise and the feedback is always brilliant.  I love watching my ladies build in confidence and have fun and get fit!  It is a glamorous alternative to the gym and is accessible to all ages and fitness levels.  I have the most wonderfully inspiring and supportive showgirl troupes (both in Burlexercise and Burlesque) we sing, do 'accidental solo’s’ and we always remember that it’s not what you’ve got, it’s the fun you have shakin' it!!

Your favourite Showgirl move- struuuuuuutt!

Who's your biggest musical influence?    Jazz and upbeat, Sonny Lester and his Orchestra, Lament is a great burlesque tune (first one I ever performed to, in fact).

If you were stranded on a desert island in the 1950's with the Rat Pack, Elvis and Marilyn all there together, what 3 Showgirl essentials would you have with you?   My Gold sparkly heels, Red dress and some champers of course!

Eating healthy daily is important, but when you're treating yourself, what is your most deliciously naughty favourite food?   I eat healthily most of the time, however I am partial (like most girls) to some chocolate (dark-salted or vanilla to be precise).

Do you have any cool tips on how we can keep active outside of a Burlexercise class too?  I am very active, I walk, run or wiggle everywhere, exercise every day and track it all on my Fitbit.  I regularly set myself and my colleagues/Burlexercise classes little challenges – you’d be surprised what you can do in a small space and in a small amount of time to get more active! Challenge yourself, don’t be afraid to be a beginner!

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