Every Wednesday Burlesquercise features one of our fabulous clients and her Wonder Woman Story! Check out our weekly client testimonial and feature video!
1) What drew you to Burlesquercise?
Having recently relocated to Calgary, I was having a hard time finding a dance “fit”. Having danced my entire life, I was going through dance withdrawal (it was awful - lol), and a friend told me about these amazing feathered ladies dancing at the Lilac Festival. I was so intrigued and couldn’t imagine what could possibly be better than dancing in feathers. I signed up for the next available class.
2) How long have you been taking classes?
I started in October 2016.
3) What facets of the classes do you enjoy most?
The dancing. The laughing. The costuming. The performing. Our Instructors- they are fabulous, and caring, and so skilled- not only in technique, but in warmly welcoming and encouraging everyone in the class. Above all else; the women, and the feeling of belonging to a pretty fantastic group of people. I consider it a privilege to dance next to each of them. I love the performances. I love putting together costumes, and the adrenaline rush that comes with smiling into bright lights and applause and dancing in that moment.
4) What benefits have you received since starting Burlesquercise?
My Benefits of Burlesquercise are twofold. First, I have expanded my group of friends, and the world (or our city at least) has become a smaller place. And second, Burlesquercise is something I do that is truly for me. It is my “break”, my “reset”, my way of “installing an update”. As a busy mom of three, “me time” is in short supply. Even though we work hard and dance hard, I always leave class feeling recharged and inspired.
5) Do you have any experiences or comments as to why classes have changed your life for the positive?
I began my first Burlesquercise class on the heels of completing cancer treatment. My hair had barely just begun to grow back after chemo, and I was exhausted from radiation treatments. I did not feel like myself, I did not look like myself. I felt as though my femininity had been stripped away- and I sure didn’t feel sexy- by any stretch. I was quite convinced that if cancer didn’t kill me, NOT dancing would (being a life-long dance junkie). So I danced anyway- despite how I felt. And I danced until I found myself again. This June I will dance in my third Gala. I have also danced twice with Burlesquercise at the Rocky Mountain Dance Grand Prix. So if being addicted to something can be a positive thing, I am certain this is it. And I have Burlesquercise to thank for that.
6) What would you tell people who are hesitant to try Burlesquercise?
What are you waiting for? If you’ve ever been even remotely inclined to dance and perform- or you used to love to dance but life got busy- or you feel out of shape- or you’re shy, or think you have two left feet... All those cliches about life being short, and changing in an instant are cliches for a reason- their thread of truth. Take a chance on dance. It’s a great workout, learning something new is refreshing, step out of your comfort zone and you’ll begin to see the world around you in a whole new light... that’s where the magic happens... before you know it you’ll check your worries at the door, you’ll have fun, and very likely find yourself returning again and again. It will lengthen your life, boost your sense of self, and leave you wondering why you didn’t do it sooner.
7) If you are a veteran what keeps you coming back?
See 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8.
8) How do you feel about yourself since starting classes?
Excited. Happy. Enthusiastic. Proud.
9) What is your age?