Learn to sparkle at striptease work­shop

Tas­sels, glit­ter and glam­our – the the­atri­cal art of bur­lesque is back and an Ash­ford per­former plans to bring it to the area. KIRSTY PARKIN re­ports.

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BY day Char­lotte Figg is a dance stu­dent but by night she be­comes glam­our­puss Lib­erty Sweet.

The for­mer High­worth pupil is mak­ing a name for her­self in the bur­lesque scene.

A mix­ture of cabaret and striptease which has been pop­u­lar for cen­turies, bur­lesque is en­joy­ing a re­vival, with clubs and shows open­ing all over the coun­try.

Char­lotte, 19, who stud­ies dance at Roe­hamp­ton Univer­sity in Lon­don, is hop­ing to bring her skills to her home town in an in­tro­duc­tory work­shop.

“It is es­sen­tially striptease,” said Char­lotte, who lives in Rep­ton Park, Ash­ford.

“But it is much more glam­orous and classy. It is about what you keep on rather than what you take off.

“It is an art and a per­for­mance.”

Char­lotte has been per­form­ing bur­lesque for more than a year af­ter be­com­ing en­grossed in its his­tory. “It is so fas­ci­nat­ing,” she said. “There are leg­endary per­form­ers who have their own acts which have be­come fa­mous.

“I have a cou­ple of sig­na­ture acts. I like bring­ing my danc­ing to my per­for­mance so some­times it might be in­flu­enced by

the tango, tap or bal­let.”


Cre­at­ing glam­orous cos­tumes is an­other part of the fun.

“My cos­tumes vary greatly,” Char­lotte said.

“Dress­ing up is fun and re­ally makes you feel like the per­son.”

And not hav­ing much money does not mean you have to scrimp on glam­our.

“As I am a stu­dent I don’t spend ridicu­lous amounts – I buy re­ally cheap clothes and go to fab­ric shops and sew bits on,” Char­lotte ex­plained. “The more sparkle the bet­ter. “Most per­form­ers strip down to nip­ple tas­sels and knick­ers but you can take off as much or as lit­tle as you want to.”

Char­lotte is plan­ning to of­fer a one-day begin­ners’ in­tro­duc­tion to bur­lesque course in Ash­ford this sum­mer.

It will cover ar­eas such as cre­at­ing your own stage and screen per­sona, the tease of the striptease, choos­ing the right mu­sic and tas­sel-twirling.

“Bur­lesque is not only a huge up­com­ing trend in dance and en­ter­tain­ment,” said Char­lotte,

“It is also a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for women of any age and size to gain con­fi­dence and have fun.

“There are hun­dreds of work­shops and bur­lesque events around the coun­try but I think it’s about time a bit of 1950s show­girl glam­our was brought to women here.”

If you are in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in work­shop, or for more in­for­ma­tion, e-mail lib­er­tysweet @hot­mail.co.uk

Bur­lesque per­former and dance stu­dent Char­lotte Figg, who is also known as Lib­erty Sweet

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