A girl with determination, inner strength and is a true testament in achieving personal growth and health. This is her story:
When I joined Burlesquercise in September 2010, it was a desperate act to keep myself from losing my mind, I was suffering from depression.
I had graduated in May after six years of post-secondary education and I could not get a job! Companies were either requiring a Masters degree or they wouldn't hire me because I was 'over-qualified'. During that period of time, on top of everything else, my doctor informed me that the medication I was on, that had been controlling my medical condition, epilepsy, was possibly causing liver damage.
For 5 long months sitting around waiting waiting waiting for a break in my career and doing nothing with myself, with my health and career prospects floundering... I was getting to a point where I was beyond recollection of when I felt intelligent, strong and attractive.
I signed up for Burlesquercise on a whim, to try something new and different and to challenge myself. What I didn't know, and didn't realize even as it was happening... was that the classes weren't just teaching me to dance and strut and floss and pose. I got back into shape, losing 30lbs and never for a moment considering it a hard workout because all I noticed was how much fun I was having. I learned to walk with more confidence and engage more in conversations, and within a month of starting the classes, I landed a fantastic job both financially and in relation to my interests. I met some amazing girls, have built some really fantastic friendships and am always watching out for familiar faces in the +15 system downtown.
Since being involved in Burlesquercise, I have considered myself better equipped to deal with things that come along. When it turned out that my epilepsy medication was in fact causing liver damage and that I had to change prescriptions immediately, I focused on taking care of myself by staying healthy and active by practicing on the nights I didn't have class. I consider this to be a major reason why, unlike other times where I've had to switch medications, I've remained virtually seizure-free.
Burlesquercise hasn't overtly taught me how to deal with disasters (mini or major) that come up in my life. It has, however, shown me lessons that I can apply: "Walk with conviction"; "If you believe that what you're doing is sexy, your audience will as well, no matter how weird or crazy"; "Move like you're dancing for yourself, not for whoever is watching". These are the reasons why Burlesquercise has been an amazing experience for me. I've lost weight without feeling like I'm in a bootcamp, I've gained confidence without having to 'self-actualize' or even think about it, I've improved my work ethic ("If I believe it, my bosses will believe it") and I've made friends who have the same interests: feeling sexy and confident and showing that off.
What better thing to do over Easter than take a 'Sexify your Soul' workshop in Phoenix?
Look at the photos of Miss Annick yet again making the girls hot hot hot in the USA!
A great group of ladies, feather boas, and an introduction to 'zoning' called for a sexy Saturday afternoon at Paragon Dance Center.
Thank you to Marnie who graciously donated her time and efforts to organize this workshop!
Miss Marnie photographed with Miss Annick:
The Women of Phoenix who will use their new sexy moves on the country competition floor:
Our hot group of ladies who have learned a whole new meaning to "toss & floss":
Thank you Miss Diana for sexifying yet another group of ladies at the 'V' on Saturday mornings...
Whether you are a morning person or not, Miss Diana continues to strive for hotness each and every early Saturday.
See what you have been missing?
Join us for the next class as this will roll into the Disco Glam Burlesque Gala set for June 25! You don't want to miss these weekend mornings because the next class is Gaga Chairtease and it will be hip and trendy!!!
Just another day at the office for Miss Annick and her Burlesquercise classes...
Never a boring day, hot people everywhere, including Miss Kaitlyn Regehr who happened to pose in a picture with the intro and level 2 group of ladies! Click to view photos.
What a treat to have met Miss Kaitlyn and the pictures to prove it!
Don't worry ladies, this guest instructress will return for future workshops, next up, a 'Coyote Ugly' Stampede hot flavored routine. Can you say yeehaw sexily? Get your boots on!
Level two Floorplay:
Coming to a dance stage near you.... there will be country duds... spurs, cowboy boots and a good ol' time with this brand new Kaitlyn choreographed LVDC performance number!!! Yahoo just in time for the Stampede...
Can Burlesquercise get any hotter? Oh yes it can. And this time it's goin' country!
Miss Kaitlyn has been one busy burlesque babe... Hired by Burlesquercise to sexify the team, guest instructress, Kaitlyn Regehr was tasked with piecing together the next LVDC's performance number. She is famously known as a television personality as a burlesque expert on the popular Slice television series Re-Vamped. Now she's transforming the show troupe into western foxy cowgirls...
Look how much fun the girls were having.... 'Save Water, Drink Wine'?
Or is it 'Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy'?? You know how the saying goes... Keep your eyes peeled for the girls heating up the stage!
Let's congratulate Miss Annick in this special and honorary occasion...she got 'white-hatted' in her own Calgary hometown! Read on...
Annick & Michael took 1st Overall in the Masters Classic Division at the Calgary Dance Stampede on April 16th.
During a unique award ceremony, they were "White-Hatted" and made honorary Calgarians with Craig Johnson and Joan Lundahl who won the Crown Division.
The bestowing of the iconic white cowboy hat by Kevin Hendrickson of The Calgary Stampede is an honor reserved for dignitaries, athletes and celebrities that visit Calgary as a symbol of hospitality.
'This was definitely the highlight of the weekend, over and above winning my division!' Celebrate with Miss Annick and this special award!
Yahoo & Yeehaw!!!
Calgary gets hit by a sexy storm! Guest Instructress Miss Kaitlyn showed some sizzling new burlesque moves to the Burlesquercise ladies and boy were they in for a treat!
"The Art of the Tease" -- A Stocking Strip Class with Kaitlyn from the Slice’s hit TV show "Re-Vamped".
Watch this video for a sampler of the hotness and sexiness that occured on Thursday April 14, 2011 at the Vecova. Stay tuned for future workshops from Miss Kaitlyn!!! We expect a Coyote Ugly Stampede workshop..........yeeeehaw!
Kaitlyn Regehr is a professionally trained burlesque/cabaret performer and choreographer. She is a television personality, actor and works both in film and television. Kaitlyn is the much adored burlesque expert of the popular Slice television series Re-Vamped on Slice Television. For two seasons she has been transforming broken-hearted souls into confident burlesque queens.
All foxes brought their stockings and garters and learned the art of sensually removing a pair of stockings through some super sexy chair dancing choreography. The two-hour class included a historical look at the art of tease while exposing some tricks of the trade that professionals use to look and feel great!
And be sure to read up on the press Burlesquercise has been receiving!
Here are some snapshots of the evening:
We are so proud of Miss Diana and her blossoming company Burlesquercise - she is now graced with the presence of TV stars such as Kaitlyn from Revamped! Click to read the sexy article by the fabulous Bill Graveland.
Help us in congratulating Diana in her quest to sexify Calgary!
She's now making headlines as featured in this article.
Only 9 weeks until the June 25th Disco Glam Burlesque Gala!
The last session of classes start April 30th, so beat the winter blues and get your sexy back. Classes are almost sold out and BURLESQUERCISE will be taking the summer off as we work on expanding the company for Fall 2011. Expect some new staff, a few new locations along with variety of new classes and levels.
All classes are in preparation for the Disco Glam Burlesque Gala on June 25th. All participants have the option to strut their stuff in front a rowdy and supportive crowd of friends and family!
INTRODUCTION TO BURLESQUERCISE
Saturdays starting April 30th at Vecova with Miss di
Monday mornings starting May 2nd at Westhillurst with Miss Kim
Wednesdays starting May 4th at Dancenergy with Miss Annick
Thursdays starting May 5th at West Hillhurst with Miss Annick
Jazz Fusion BOOTY BOOTCAMP with Miss Julia from SYTYCD Canada!
Tuesdays starting April 26th at Dancenergy
GAGA CHAIRTEASE starting April 30 at Vecova with Miss di
CABARET CANES starting May 4th at Dancenergy with Miss Annick
A little news... BURLESQUERCISE has been nominated again at the Calgary Choice Awards for the 3rd year in a row! Stay posted when voting opens!
....and BURLESQUERCISE went national and was featured in the Canadian Press this week with RE-VAMPED TV host Kaitlyn Regehr! A big thank you goes out to all of you that support our little peice of sexy magic.
Join us and jump on the sexy train!
di & the gang
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