I started my journey 6 years ago when I found an ad for Burlesquercise on Facebook. I was at that point in my life I decided that I needed something just for me. My desire to do this was met with some negativity but I'm of the mind when someone tells me I can't do something, I become determined to do it. My first class was with Di at the Vecova. I went by myself, not really afraid to try new things but when we started to learn how to zone I was thankful she turned off the lights and we faced outside of the circle. I was self conscious beyond words. I didn't really like my body and the thought of exploring it was just a crazy idea.
To make a long story short, I stuck with it and now I perform on stage, front and centre, loving the spot light and always hopeful there will be zoning included in the choreography.
Burlesquercise, not just the exercise and dance component, has changed my outlook on life because of the Sisterhood it has become. I love my fellow dancers, they inspire me everyday, they have taught me to be bold and to be unafraid of whatever life throws at me.
I've come a long way baby and have developed a love for my body and all the things it can do. I've really changed my life, going back to University, earning a degree and working full time in a profession I love and I owe my success in part to Burlesquercise, Miss Di, Miss Kim, Miss Leslie and Miss Annick AND my fellow Burlesquercise babes for pushing me to try different things, giving me the opportunity to grow and learn and for trusting my ability even on the days I couldn't pull it together. On a final note…even though my husband may have not wanted me to join at first, he now reaps the rewards of my success and has become an amazing Burlesquercise husband, always there encouraging me, carrying my props and costumes or helping figure out my costumes and our marriage is stronger now than it has ever been.
Thank you again Miss Di for always believing xo
It has been three years since I fortuitously stumbled upon Burlesquercise, and the impact this company has had on me ever since has been remarkable.
One wintery evening I had approached a woman in my local grocery store who was carrying a yoga mat, and hoping to discover an unknown yoga studio nearby, I inquired where she was coming from. No yoga - but what she told me turned out to be so much better! She raved about these ‘Burlesque-inspired’ dance classes - which was something I had never considered, nor had even known was out there! Dance class was something I had loved as a child, but it had been well over 25 years since I had been to any type of class. I was beyond excited to try something new, immediately registered for an intro course, bought my first ever boa and soon became hooked.
The Burlesque element was completely new to me, and admittedly, completely out of my comfort zone. However, being in such a safe and open environment, it actually became something I grew to enjoy. The exercise portion of class was some of the most challenging (and fun!) workouts I had done in a while, and the dance component brought back the love of dancing I had long forgotten about since childhood. In hindsight, I realize that at the time I was definitely going through a low period in my life, and these classes gave me back the spark I didn’t even know I was missing. I was re-introduced to movement, and how good it felt to express myself physically in so many new ways, little by little improving, and becoming more connected to my body and how it can move. Burlesquercise has also helped me improve nagging back pain from previous injury, and become more strong and fit overall.
My confidence continues to grow, motivating me to keep trying as much as possible, so I am always thrilled with the many different offerings Miss Di and her fabulous team magically create for us. Every few weeks, different dance styles to learn, props to use, and opportunities to perform, all while having so much fun moving, learning and giggling with the other many amazing women, that have become friends. Burlesquercise offers constant variety, and something for everyone, no matter experience, age, skill or taste. The level of talent, vision, dedication and creativity of Miss Di and her team, Miss Kim, Miss Leslie and Miss Annick are incredible. They are fantastically gifted teachers & choreographers, and are an exceptionally hilarious bunch. Their combined experience and knowledge of so many styles of dance is astounding and I have had the privilege to be introduced to more techniques than I ever thought possible.
The opportunity to perform is certainly exciting, as well as the great variety of workshops and other events to keep things fresh. What grown woman doesn’t like to play dress-up with her girlfriends!!?? Thanks to Burlesquercise, my closet is now bursting with feathers, sparkly costumes, fishnets, bustiers and all other things glam, that were well beyond my previous imagination! Such a fun and welcome escape from the ordinary! All fantasy aside, it is truly the class time that I enjoy more than anything, because of the camaraderie and many laughs shared with teachers and students each week.
Burlesquercise is not only a great work-out that has improved my life physically, but has also brought me much more confidence, energy, and passion that has affected many areas of my life, including a connection to a tribe of fun women that I continue to learn from and grow with. Every course that I register for feels like a gift I am giving to myself.
I am definitely a Burly-Girl for life, and am so blessed to be part of this wonderful community of women, to which I credit living in this life with a whole lot more joy, and hopefully, a little more grace.
Much love and gratitude,
In my early thirties, I found myself on a medical leave from work taking prescription for both anxiety and depression. I struggled with the balance of being a mother of two young kids and being a great spouse. Slowly I started to lose myself. Everyone was a priority ahead of myself.
I always loved dancing but doubted I could be part of a dance troupe. I was particularly afraid of what others thought of me and being judged. It was at this moment I discovered Burlesquercise. At first I was very timid, but quickly felt at ease with the dynamic instructors and the welcoming students with whom I could share my life experiences. In the last 5 years, I have learned to laugh again, accept myself as I am and I am proud to say I have conquered my anxiety. I am no longer taking any medication! I always patiently look forward to the next class or workshop. I feel like myself again. I feel liberated!
Thank you to the team!
I never knew a group of women could be so empowering, uplifting, and motivating. As a competitive athlete; Burlesquercise is a breath of fresh air. No matter who you are, what you do, or what size you are, you are accepted as part of the sisterhood. I have been able to explore and express a different side of me and the more comfortable I become with that side of me, my confidence has grown. We are all truly diamonds in the rough that have turned out to be multifaceted gems!
When you have chronic pain, it's all you think about. For me has been many years of neck pain. I tried numerous treatments through different practitioners desperate for positive results. I was also aware that I had terrible posture, and it was upsetting to see photos of myself caught spontaneously. My shoulders were rounded and my chin protruding. Just to make matters worse, I was doing no physical activity. In late 2011, I saw Burlesquercise at a trade show so I signed up for the email updates. In Jan 2012 I took my first class. I'd never taken dance lesson but I love to dance. Since my first class, I have consistently taken classes year round. So here I am three years later and my pain level has gone down significantly. There only one other possible explanation and that is Burlesquercise. Di has taught me a great deal about proper alignment and posture. Thanks to her, I finally feel like I know the right position and I can correct myself throughout the day. Thanks to Leslie, Kim and Annick I've learned numerous exercises, and they have motivated to do so much more while I'm a home. I stretch, do floor exercises and practice routines. It's like our world opens up when we reduce our pain level. I have so many other wonderful things to say about how my involvement in Burlesquercise has enriched my life but the improvement to my physical well-being has had a major impact on me and my family. Thank you for letting me share my story, and I hope that we see some new ladies encouraged to try a class and see what changes lay ahead as a result.
There are moments in your life when you make a spontaneous choice that changes your life. Almost 5 years ago, I had one of those moments. I decided to take a 6-week course in Burlesquercise, just because I was told I didn’t have what it takes.
It was a little terrifying and intimidating stepping into my first Burlesquercise class. Most women are more comfortable doing things in packs. You know… have a friend or two to give some support, maybe wear matching T’s? I went all by myself, and that is something I had never done. I’m a pack person. And the things Miss Annick made us do! Hip and ribcage isolations? Zoning? You want me to do what??
Those were the days. Now I will gladly zone, even in public! I have learned so much, and grown so much. Not only in dance, but also in life. I have learned to be comfortable with my own company, and in my own skin. I have learned to believe that I can do it! Burlesquercise is so much more than just a dance company. It is a group of amazing, supportive women who will rally around to lend support, a shoulder to cry on. Who will celebrate with you, and cry with you. And even share their booze with you.
These wonderful women have seen me through a divorce, two breakups, and a marriage. They have laughed with me, cried with me, and seen me at my best and worst. And have never, ever judged me.
Yes, I had that spontaneous moment, and I am so glad that I did!
Thank you, Burlesquercise for showing me that I matter and I am worthy, and not be afraid of being ME!
Thanks, Di. You are my inspiration.