Fancy being a burlesque dancer? New classes are starting up in Sheffield

If you've ever fancied taking up burlesque dance, here’s your big chance as new classes are starting up in Sheffield.
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Classes run by The Velvet Burlesque will kick off next week – with award winning choreographer and dancer Lara Gothique taking charge of the class.

She said: “Learn fantastic burlesque and cabaret show style dance and performance with an award-winning choreographer, teacher and performer.

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"It's a fun way to exercise if you aren't keen on joining a gym or standard fitness classes.

Burlesque dance classes are coming to Sheffield.Burlesque dance classes are coming to Sheffield.
Burlesque dance classes are coming to Sheffield.

“Meet new friends in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

“Beginners are more than welcome, and no previous dance experience is necessary.”

The classes will begin on Monday and Thursday 3 and Friday 4 March.

Class times are Monday - 7:30-9:30pm; Thursday - 8-10pm and Friday - 8-10pm. Booking is essential.

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The classes will take place at Chapeltown and Burncross Community Centre, Orchard Court, Burncross Road.

She added: "The Velvet Burlesque are proud to be one of the largest, and the longest-running burlesque and cabaret dance classes in the UK.”

Lara runs all her sessions with absolute inclusivity in mind, and the dance classes have proved to be a fantastic social experience.

Added Lara: “If you ever feel that you are always one of those left out in any group environment; not here at The Velvet Burlesque - you will soon feel that you are a very welcome and valued member of the class group, and you will become more relaxed and confident to simply be yourself.

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Class members come in all genders, ages (18+), shapes and sizes.

She added: “You will learn to celebrate the body you have, let go of your inhibitions, and feel the absolute freedom that dance can give you.”

The classes teach a very wide variety of burlesque, vaudeville, and cabaret show style dance routines ranging from classical burlesque; fan-dance; neo-burlesque; lap dance; chair dance; tap; jazz; contemporary; and 'slapstick' styles.

There's a lot more to these genres of dancing than most people think, so be prepared for an energetic medley of fabulously choreographed dance routines!

Full details are available HERE where places can also be booked.

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