BUR­LESQUE

Carol Mas­son found a sexy new hobby on her hen night

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The art of bur­lesque dates from Vic­to­rian times and has evolved from a form of par­ody or spoof, to a sex­ual and sen­sual ex­pe­ri­ence. Tra­di­tion­ally, dancers wear lin­gerie, such as corsets and stock­ings and the em­pha­sis is very much on fun, as carol Mas­son, 59, from Hert­ford­shire ex­plains.

As the mu­sic starts, I move in­stinc­tively, al­ter­ing my pos­ture to show off my curves. de­spite be­ing bliss­fully lost in the mu­sic, there is still a part of me that can’t be­lieve I have the courage to dance in public, wear­ing feath­ers and a corset.

when my friend Cather­ine con­fessed she’d booked a Bur­lesque dance teacher for my hen night in 2011, I was both shocked and ex­cited. within the hour, I was hooked and now at­tend a weekly class. In the last few years, I’ve tried ev­ery­thing from wear­ing nip­ple tas­sels to a hula-hoop!

Pic­ture a troupe of Bur­lesque dancers and you’ll prob­a­bly imag­ine young women with per fect bod­ies, but Jem’s group wel­comes women of any age, shape or size – it doesn’t mat­ter. when we dance, we’re all beau­ti­ful.

I prob­a­bly wouldn’t be here with­out the danc­ing. I’ve had a lot of emo­tional trauma over the years – the danc­ing has helped to pull me through.

The classes have im­proved my pos­ture, self-im­age and con­fi­dence – I feel like a whole new per­son.

It’s as if I’m say­ing to other women – look, I’m this age and this size, but I can still get up and en­joy life: don’t waste what you’ve got, celebrate it!

Bur­lesque is help­ing carol to en­joy life

Train­ing is fun and en­er­getic!

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