Carol Masson found a sexy new hobby on her hen night
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!