“There’s an old joke that strippers work for money, and burlesque dancers work for applause.”

Eric Hall

There’s a reason why we set glamorous, graceful ladies who strip for a living such as Dita Von Teese and Gypsy Rose Lee apart from those like Keeley Hazell and Lucy Pinder, and that reason is burlesque.

Burlesque is an art form deriving from the Victorian era. Originally, lower class dancers in lower class gentleman’s clubs would put on a parody show where they dress up in the jewels of rich women and create a comedy strip show centred around that. Soon the ladies wanted to see, then the upper classes wanted to see, and voilà – it was a hit.

HTC girl Lea has just completed a beginners course in burlesque with Foxy Burlesque in Royal Tunbridge Wells (in the very aptly named Tea Garden Lane). Under the command of the gorgeous Laura Lawton – aka Felicity Fox – Lea learnt a cabaret number and a saucy striptease… Here she is shimmying and shaking her way to burly know-how!

Burlesque Podcast special on the way? Quite possibly! Next up is the hat and cane course in January. Watch out Dita!

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