A fantastic job done by the Sexy Senoritas at the Calgary International Salsa Congress!!
Check out the video!
Congratulations to Miss Kim and her group of ladies who performed on stage on April 5, 2013!
This performance is a sneak peak at one of the numbers to be performed at the Burlesque Gala coming up on May 11! Check out the website for full info and tickets!
Sometimes you just never know where things may take you. One burlesque class and the rest is history! Read this amazing transformation from within!
I wanted to say thank you, to you, Miss Leslie and Miss Kim in particular. I've been having a hard time these past few weeks with the passing of my grandmother and recently my relationship of 3 years ended sort of abruptly. I didn't want to go see anyone or talk to anyone, but after class two weeks ago I am SO GLAD THAT I DID. Since then things have been looking a little more sparkly for me and I've been doing a lot better. I can not thank you enough for the opportunities to dance with your company and to even be around the inspiring ladies that you and your amazing team have brought together.
When I first started Burlesquerise I was feeling very dis-empowered and I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life or why I was even doing what I was doing in the first place. Now a year later, I am still facing challenges but I am doing it alongside some of the most amazing women I have never had the pleasure of meeting and knowing...I no longer feel dis-empowered because of my challenges, I have simply accepted them as part of life. Taking your classes has made a world of difference and helped me discover my love and passion for music and dance; it has helped me handle stress, anger, resentment and so many other emotions that I have been struggling to deal with since I moved to Calgary 3 years ago...Thank you again Di.
Hugs, hope you are well!!! xoxo
A transformation in itself. Taz you are amazing and an inspiration to all... Thank you for your dedication to Burlesquercise!
When I was married, I felt extremely neglected, fat, unworthy of love, depressed and lonely. I was not at all myself and I sure as heck had lost my mojo! I finally got the courage to get divorced and work through that journey. I focused on myself-my mental, emotional and physical health & wellbeing. I recall saying ‘this Stella needs to get her groove back’ and I found just the way to do that. I kept seeing signs all over the city for Burlesquercise and felt like the signs were really for me. I decided to look it up and enrol in a class. The first class took me way out of my comfort zone-I mean way out! I’ve never been co-ordinated nor artistic/creative. I feel I have 2 left feet but I always felt that there was a sexy diva deep inside me.
Burlesquercise introduced me to women of all ages, sizes and various life experiences. Women that have overcome so many adversities and challenges and women that truly shine! Burlesquercise helped me find my inner diva, get my groove back, find a way to excercise that’s so fun and learn something new. I’m grateful to burlesquercise for all the new friendships, the giggles, fun, the ‘stardom’ and for all the love-for one another and for ourselves! your Soul..."
How old is too old to feel fabulous and dance burlesque? We all wonder that at some point in our lives, don't we?
But for Gail, she is proudly celebrating 70 and is loving every moment.
Read her testimonial and.....be inspired.
Gail's Testimonial Part 1 of 2:
Who would have thought!! I have been filling my bucket list, as this is my 70th year and just wanted to celebrate it by doing out of the comfort zone events..starting with a 3 day mountain hike, a trail ride in b.c., and then to top it off one night I was searching the internet regarding taking a salsa dance lessons and came across “burlesque” ha ha. Thought wow, now that would be fun!. I found “night of the circus” event and and decided to join…upon walking into the class I saw many ladies , some where already doing a routine and some others waiting, that would be my class. Well what a journey, met some of the greatest gals there and we where all there for different reasons..wow..then Miss Leslie took us through the routine, bit by bit, we had a blast, with her humour and strategic dance steps and how to use the boa in many different ways, we all had so many laughs, have made friends for life..not only that but we all talked each other into performing in the gala show at the end of our last session. Now looking for a corset was very eventful and exciting event in itself …then comparing and laughing at ourselves trying to get into them no less was a riot, we all helped each other. We where first on and all did very well.. just “do it” and the feeling of accomplishment is a high in itself..we where all very proud that we not only did burlesque (risqué) but had the courage to perform in front of an audience. Take burlesque… fun, good exercise and Miss Leslie will take you to the next level of expression!!!!
Thank you so much Miss Leslie!
Gail's Testimonial Part 2 of 2:
Want to congratulate you on your new location in Okotoks..i had the best time of my life and with Miss Leslie at the helm you are guaranteed a fabulous time..i was the 70 yr old with a huge bucket list and i am so glad I picked your classes and entered the gala at the end ..what a party. burlesque I have told everybody and there are so many that are tuned in to wanting to even just say I am a burlesquer!! Ha ha
Go to it Miss Leslie.. I will be basking pool side at a friends fabulous home in Jamaica with a driver and a pool boy..hey maybe I should take my boa ha ha… love ya
Gail…my journey never stops, thanks for the many laughs and memories
Mark your calendars for this hot Latino event in your very own city! Calgary International Salsa Congress April 4-7, 2013. Burlesquercise will be there and you don't want to miss the shows!
The performers will burn the floor literally! Between local talent and international guests, there will be spectacular performances!
Burlesquercise will have a performance on both Friday and Saturday evening.
Friday's performance will include the Sexy Senoritas Samba Girls directed by Miss Kim!
Join us at the Calgary International Salsa Congress! Don't forget to buy your tickets!!
See you there!
A wonderful job done by a fabulous photographer Vanessa of Shutterfly Images Photography who captured all the sexy clowns at the Night Circus Gala. Click to view all the performers and other fun shots.
The largest lineup of performers of Burlesquercise's Galas to date! Wow ladies you sure know how to put on a show.
Of course this could not be possible without the ambassadors of sexiness Miss Kim, Miss Annick & Miss Leslie.
And myself Diva Di, the leader of sexiness and the foundress of Burlesquercise.
2012 was a great year, let's make 2013 unique. The year 2013 is the first year since 1987 to have all its digits being different numbers. Additionally 2013 is the year of the snake which is a great sign, a positive one, with energy that can help us face all of the challenges ahead of us. Let's take advantage of this vibrant influence to improve our lives!
We will zone, conquer feathers, work hard at fitness while having fun and create great friendships with our fellow burlesque babes. Go team!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Here are all the group shots on December 8, 2012:
RECORD NUMBER OF PERFORMERS:
Courageous Intro Ladies (2 classes combined):
Sexy Clowns known as Sizzle Girls:
Miss Kim's Huntress D'Afrique Ladies:
Vienna Masquerade Encore:
Surprise performance by Miss Leslie & Miss Annick:
Blonde Trio's Boots Winning Number:
Bold & Colorful Gypsy Caravan:
Level 4 Heat Troupe in Freak Show:
Miss Annick's Parasol Ballerina's:
Miss Leslie's Circus Girls:
Miss Di's Sexy Geisha Ladies:
Miss Kim's Lion Tamers:
Random Draw Winners of Circus Movie Tickets:
Miss Ballerina Di & her Ringmaster Husband Martin:
Clowning Around with Martin, Diana & Salsa Clown Eric:
Salsarica's Kelly & Eric along with Burlesquercise's Diana & Martin
THE GANG, THE LEADERS, THE TEACHERS, Go Kim Go!:
Which gala theme is your favorite? We now know which one Monica prefers and she had a blast too!
Read her amazing testimonial!
When Di announced that the theme for this Dec gala was going to be a Circus theme, I have to admit I was a bit deflated.
I never really got into the circus and had no idea how that would translate into Burlesque??
Well let me tell you that the talent and productions skills of Burlesquercise Canada must never be underestimated.
After participating in four galas in a row, this Circus gala is by far my favorite. In fact I think I enjoyed watching the other dancers more than participating if that’s even possible!!!
So many great themes. Lion Tamers, African Huntress, Circus Clowns, Ringmaster Clowns, Geisha Fans, Gypsy fans and the amazing Freak Show!! Wow.
I was so impressed by the quality of dancing and the commitment to the characters in the Freak Show performance. And none of us are professional dancers. We are all just women to want to have some crazy fun after work. LOL. And if you look at the pictures and videos, you’ll quickly see our craziness.
The music choices were outstanding. To my amazement every routine was VERY sexy and totally fit the Burlesque style. I have no idea where the inspiration comes from or how they
Find these music selections but this was an incredible show. The lights, the colors, the sound. And all the extras that came with it. Popcorn, hot dogs, a woman on stilts, human tables, it was incredible!!! Sure to please for any spectator.
But I think what most touches and impresses people is the heart and great care that each dancer puts into their performances. And that only comes from Di and her fabulous Burlesquercise instructresses. Miss Kim, Miss Annick and Miss Leslie. A few of us decided to get together and practice our parasol routine one Sunday afternoon. Miss Annick gave up an hour of her personal time to come help us. That’s pretty special. It takes a big heart with the capacity for a great amount of generosity to give up your personal time to help your students. And that heart and spirit comes from Di. It’s Di who creates the Vision for how Burlesquercise operates and feels. She holds that Vision up for the rest of us and we all just march along behind her. Giggling, excited and sexified!!! Like all good Vixens should be.
When I first joined Burlesquercise I felt very alone in the world. I didn’t really know a lot of people in Calgary and was going through some personal Trauma at the time. Through Buresquercise I have met some incredible people and experienced some amazing events and opportunities. Now today my life is full and happy. I have made many friends and even lost 40 pounds since I first started dancing J
Lastly, finally, after all this time, ever since I was a little girl in my Holly Hobbie bedroom, I am finally the legend in my own mind that I always wanted to be J
Thank you Burlesquercise for all you give.
Thank you to all the ladies who performed at the Circus Gala 2012! We had record number of performers, the evening was a huge success! Watch the performances here!
The videos appear in a 'group' on youtube.
This is the entire playlist, you can watch them all or pick and choose the ones you want to see now!
Our entire lineup of videos are on our BURLESQUERCISECANADA channel.
It's always fun to compare what happens before the gala and then behold the transformation at the gala.
Here's a few photos of what happened at rehearsal!
Miss Kim's group of Huntress D'Afrique:
Sizzle Girls in Ringmaster Clowns:
Heat Troupe in Freak Show:
Our lovely new ladies from Intro to Burlesque:
The ballerinas in Cirque Parasol
And finally Leslie's group in Circus Girl:
Or is it Ballroom ladies who do burlesque? That's like the chicken or the egg!
We have 6 incredible women who do both and we are featuring them for that very reason.
Calgary has a rich dance background and selection of talented dancers; this city is known to produce some of the top artists in their fields. We are lucky to reside in such an amazing city, and Burlesquercise is none the more proud to have some of these dancers step through their doors.
Having witnessed these ladies most recently at the Rocky Mountain Dancesport Grand Prix, we are even more amazed at their spins and dance frame on the ballroom dance floor.
Whether you have coached them, cheered them on, or danced with them in a burlesque class, we would like you to meet our 6 ladies who dance both burlesque and ballroom, in no particular order:
Hilary S., winner of the Solo Performance at the Rocky Mountain Dancesport Grand Prix, pictured with professional partner Rufio Rodriguez:
Donna H. dancing international standard with her professional partner Ryan Anderson:
Monica B. living it up on the dance floor in a cheeky cha cha cha with her professional partner Rufio Rodriguez:
Miss Jane with her professional partner Rufio (pictured at the Wild Rose Ball)
Nancy in her amazing lifts with professional partner Ryan!
The whole gang (from left to right: Jane T., Instructor Rufio, Donna H., Instructor Ryan and Nancy P.)
And last but not least, we have Maurgan M. who danced with her professional partner Anthony Grafton.
See y'all on the dance floor!! Whether you're holding a feather boa and zoning or twirling around in a ballgown!
Burlesquercise was invited to be featured in the closing show of the Hairpalooza Hair Competition in Calgary. It was a day of hair hair hair and makeup! Did you miss it? Watch the video!
Leasa Berg, owner of Salon 240 was tasked with assembling a showcase of hair models and dancers for the closing show of The Schwarzkopf's Hairpalooza Calgary 2012. A 10 minute dance medley was pieced together and Miss Leslie & Miss Annick performed Show Me How You Burlesque alongside hair models.
This event was held downtown at The Bank/The Exchange on Sunday November 4/12.
Burlesque in Action!
Leslie partying, as usual, with Leasa, owner of salon:
Closeup of Annick's hair:
Scroll to 4:30 for the Burlesque portion or watch the whole show:
Creating a buzz for The Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show 2012, Diana of Burlesquercise is interviewed by The Calgary Journal! This trade show was an experience with shopping, shows and workshops. Read all about it!
Always promoting the company, the article quotes Diana: “Burlesque is all about the tease, all about the promise, not necessarily the delivery.”
Want to read more?
Find the remainder of the article by clicking on: The Calgary Journal.
A big congratulations to Jade, Elle and Hilary who did a spectacular dance performance at the Rocky Mountain Dancesport Grand Prix.
Not only did they rock it on the dance floor, but they were selected by the judges as the most entertaining routine!
This up and coming trio of ladies have been working hard since their first disco number a year ago. Having done a variety of shows together, they entered their first competition at the Rocky Mountain Dancesport Grand Prix thinking this would be another great opportunity to dance in front of a crowd. Not only did they dance amazingly, they achieved a 93% in the Team Showcase Division, which earned them a Gold medal. On top of that, the judges selected their routine "Boots" as the most entertaining and invited them back for the Saturday Evening Showcase in front of an even bigger crowd! WOW!
We are very proud of our three ladies, Miss Jade, Miss Elle and Miss Hilary - who quietly work hard, are great friends with each other and provide a super example of team work and leadership to all the other Burlesquercise ladies!
Way to go! We can't wait to see you on the dance floor again!
Saturday Evening Showcase Performance Shots:
A huge thank you to all our sexy ladies who danced on stage this weekend at the 2012 Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show!
Click to watch the videos!
Burlesquercise sizzles the stage once again at Taboo. If you missed it or would like to see more information on all the sexy action, check out Taboo's Facebook or their website.
Heat in Rockabilly Bikers
Blonde Trio in Lola and Boots
Miss Ginger's Solo
Miss Leslie's Solo
Another big thanks to Miss Leslie for being the team lead all weekend long, teaching workshops, working the booth and performing on stage. Leslie, you are amazing and we couldn't do it without you. xoxoxo
Of course we are also appreciative of ALL our Burlesquercise ladies who worked the booth and performed, or came out to say hello!
Captured below is Miss Elle during her 'Lola' performance alongside Miss Jade and Miss Hilary:
Watch our 5 video performances here:
Ladies & Gentlemen. Boys and Girls. Step right up. Step right up. Come closer. You won't believe your eyes...
Get your tickets to The Most Amazing Show on Earth!
Well okay, maybe it's The Sexiest Show in Calgary!
Please join us for our our 4th Annual Christmas Student Showcase, NIGHT CIRCUS BURLESQUE GALA SATURDAY DECEMBER 8, 2012.
This evening is in celebration to all the fabulous women who have danced through our doors, challenged themselves and continue to claim their power and speak their truth! The evening includes a cocktail cash bar,Teaser Burlesque class for all, Martini and Dessert bar & 2 fabulous Showcase acts featuring our babes from various classes! Participants are also invited to document their girl power by trying a mini boudoir photo shoot!
For all details, check our website.
Tickets are on sale now, and the sooner you get them, the cheaper it is! Save money and order asap!
Spectator Buy 4 Get 1 Free. $20 each
Spectator Individual Ticket. $25 each, or at the door $35
If you are a performer, Early Bird Tickets are $65 each until November 18, or $85 last minute registration by approval, email .
You may also want to add on a Boudoir Photo Shoot for $99! First come, first serve. Limited spots.
Or get your make up done with make up artist Georgina Tzavaras from Gia Minerals: or call her at 403-815-1761
SATURDAY DECEMBER 8th TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (DancEnergy 1305-33 st NE)
4-5:30pm Celebrate Me Personal Boudoir Session #1
5:30pm General Rehearsal ALL DANCERS MUST ATTEND.
6:30pm Break...Gloss, celebrate and get dressed burlesque!
7-7:30pm Group Photos (in costume)
7:30-8pm Doors open & Cocktails
7:45-9pm Celebrate Me Personal Boudoir Session #2
8:15 -8:45 Introductions and Mini Burlesque Teaser Class
9pm SHOWCASE #1
10-11pm Intermission Dessert Bar & Martini Bar
10-11pm Celebrate Me Personal Boudoir Session #3
11-12 PM SHOWCASE #2
Mark your calendar, join us, you won't be disappointed! Don't forget to dress up with a circus theme!
See you there!