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!