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!
There's some magic happening on Sunday mornings...all in preparation for the Rocky Mountain Vienna Masquerade performance.
And Jean Marc Genereux is all part of it!
Here's a backstage sneak peak on how it all gets pieced together!
First you get the ladies, then the music, then the concept and costumes. Next you invite Jean Marc Genereux to team up with Burlesquercise's directress Diva Di to choreograph a hot hot hot number. And what do you get?
You'll have to wait and see!
Join us at the Rocky Mountain Dancesport Grand Prix Oct 27-28
Jean Marc creating the piece:
Calling all ladies! The official calendar launch will take place this Tuesday September 18 at Bankers Hall, home to the 180 foot giant 'Pink Ribbon' at 12 noon sharp at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation 9th Annual Survivors Parade. Join us!
Everyone is welcome to come to the Parade to watch and our main sponsor, Canada Safeway will be unveiling the calendar at that time. The Survivors Parade is a beautiful, energetic, positive event--over 200 breast cancer survivors coming together in strength and unity in a sea of pink, walking as one; living proof that there can be a future without breast cancer. Please feel free to bring friends and family, others who worked with us on the project or anyone you know who supports the cause.
Also, our guest instructress Miss Kaitlyn Regehr sends out this message:
On behalf of Pink Ribbon Pin Ups I'd like to thank you all again for your amazing efforts and support of the 2013 Pink Ribbon Pin Ups Calendar. Because of you and your involvement, the finished product is everything we hoped it could be and more!
See you all on Tuesday!
Kaitlyn's Thank YOU!
Every year, Expo Latino adds more and more dancing to their schedule. And we're proud to produce some of the best talent and feathers there are to be on stage!
Here's to another year of hotness on stage and sizzling dancing!
Expo Latino was on Prince's Island Park over the Aug 24-26 weekend.
Burlesquercise's Heat and Miss Leslie both performed on stage!
Of course we thank all the ladies who manned the booth!
We couldn't do it without you!
Here's a few shots of all the action!
Our SEXY booth:
HEAT before their performance:
Calgary is just blossoming with fabulous festivals! Show your support and enjoy a bit of Spanish flavor and FLAMENCO!!
Various dates to choose from Sept-Oct.
A celebration of flamenco music and dance, passionate expression and innovative performances.
Featuring dancer Manuel Liñan, direct from Spain!
Visit their website for tickets and info.
Monday September 24
An intimate flamenco experience with international guest artists from Spain, guitarist Liron Man and singer Elena Morales joined by guest Canadian dancer, Maria Regnier. Also featuring the unique melodic percussion instrument: the Hang Drum.
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
$22 advance, $25 door
(limited availability - 105 tickets)
Wednesday September 26
PRO ARTS NOON HOUR CONCERT
Calgary Flamenco Community Performers
Church of the Redeemer, 218 7 Avenue SE
Friday September 28
MANUEL LIÑAN IN CONCERT
The outstanding dancer from Madrid and his company
Opening act: Fiona Malena Flamenco Ensemble
University Theatre, 2500 University Dr. NW
$39 advance, $43 door
Advanced Special Pricing before August 24 - $37.50
Saturday September 29
FLAMENCO SHOWCASE - Festival Closing Concert
A showcase of many talents from around the province. Flamenco dancers, guitarists and percussionists unite in a dynamic collaborative performance. Followed by an open jam.
Auburn Saloon, 163 9 ave SE (beside the Calgary Tower)
8 pm doors open
$22 advance, $25 door
(limited availability - 100 tickets)
$75 FMFS Members (purchase on http://www.flamencosociety.com)
$80 Non-Members (includes membership to Fiona Malena Flamenco Society)
Please note only 100 passes are available
Things are getting exciting at Burlesquercise. We have special workshops for you to try out new flavors and moves and we're real excited to offer these!!
Maybe you've always wanted to try Brazilian Samba or Belly Dancing... we have those available for you! Come and try it out!
Brazilian Samba Workshop!
Tuesday August 28 from 7-9pm with guest instructor Barbara Lim and live musicians! No experience necessary. Become a Sambista!
$50 in advance $60 at the door.
Belly Dance Workshop!
Saturday September 29 from 3:30-5:30pm with guest instructor Suzy! No experience necessary.
$50 in advance $60 at the door.
Twas a special Friday evening, when all the babes joined together to learn a hair curl, bit of blush and a lip gloss application... Who knew we weren't quite applying our makeup just right... Well we learned a thing or two. Read on...
Guest Celebrity Makeup Artist Joanne Black presented a Pin Up Hair and Makeup Workshop on Friday May 25.
Photos provided by Astoria Photography or you can visit them on Facebook.
Here are the photos to prove that this sold out event was a hit!
And stay tuned for upcoming workshops this summer!
Yippee our first outdoor festival marking that summer is finally here.
Let's make it even hotter with all the burlesque babes there to heat up the stage!!
The Lilac Festival is on 4th Street and is a one day event that is FREE. Bring all your friends and come support all the dancers on stage and visit our booth.
Time: 10AM to 6PM (PERFORMANCES: Burlesquercise on stage at NOON and DancesportMD competitive kids at 1:50PM)
Date: Sunday, May 27th 2012, marks the date of the 23rd annual 4th Street Lilac Festival, and the streets have never been hotter!
In 2011 an estimated 125,000 Calgarians participated in this fabulous one-day festival. They enjoyed the wide array of entertainers that were featured on stages and entertainment zones along 4th Street in the heart of the Mission district.
In addition, they had an opportunity to shop at over 500 craft, food and entertainment vendors along the 13 blocks of the festival. With something for almost everyone to see and do we had participants dancing in the streets to the smooth sounds and scrumptious tastes. Fourth Street is known for it's diverse cultural restaurants - "you can eat around the world on 4 th " - and those restaurants took to the streets that day selling samples of their fabulous menus.
See you there!!
Ladies, this is right up our alley. Wear underwear and prance around? Hooray!
Where is this happening? And why?
Join us and you won't regret it!!!
When: Saturday June 2, 2012, 2-10PM,
Where: Max Bell Centre - 1001 Barlow Trail S.E
Burlesquercise is part of the Underwear Affair!
About the Affair:
Join Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Underwear Affair and help uncover the cure for underfunded below-the-waist cancers like prostate, ovarian, and colorectal. On June 2, 2012, run the competitive 10K or walk the fun 5K and show Calgary that there’s absolutely no shame in bringing a little awareness to down there-ness.
The fun continues even after you cross the Finish Line with the EXPOsed After Party! Grab a well deserved drink and dance the night away with your fellow participants!
It’s time to hit below-the-waist cancers where it hurts!
Check out the Underwear Affair on Facebook!
In the quest to spread the word, Burlesquercise set up a booth at the Women's Show April 14 & 15.
Click to see the photos of all the feather fun!
Lead up by Miss Leslie, it was a successful weekend of promoting our sexy company. The two day blitz included handing out brochures, laughing and giggling at the booth and enjoying The Little Vegas Dance Company perform on stage. Performances included Miss Ginger's solo, Miss Leslie's solo, Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy Trio along with Miss Annick and also Nasty Naughty Boy Trio number.
Thanks to all the great ladies who helped make that weekend a sexy success!
Are you browsing the vendors at this year's exhibition?
If yes, stop by our booth to gain information on how to get sexified, learn all about our classes and to enter a contest for a chance to win a free lesson!!
Burlesquercise will be at this year's The Calgary Women's Show.
Saturday April 14 and Sunday April 15 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park.
You'll definitely see familiar faces representing the sexiness of Calgary and maybe a show or two by the company. Keep your eyes peeled.
Check out their website for all information!
Tickets at the door are $14 but if you order online you save $2!
Have you ever thought of what would happen if Burlesque fused with Salsa?
Look no further, we have just the answer!
This is HOT stuff and you can be sure Burlesquercise is keeping things smokin' with a bit of salsa...
Delighted to have our very own energetic Miss Kim leading this class, Salsa-i-licious includes choreography geared towards performing.
The class is a couple weeks in the making. Girls are moving their hips. And they look forward to sizzling the dance floor at the Calgary International Salsa Congress the weekend of April 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency.
Will we see you there? Check out their website for tickets. And always be on the lookout for the next burlesquercise performance class.... You never know what Diva Di is cooking up next ladies!!
T'was another feather shed, on a lovely Saturday afternoon, where all the girls zoned about and giggled to and fro...
Maybe something was in the air, or perhaps it was 'Sexify your Saturday' workshops...
Thanks to foundress and instructress Diva Di and her sexy team: Miss Kim, Miss Annick and Miss Leslie and featured guest instructor Rufino for a fabulous selection of sexification workshops Saturday March 10, 2012.
Workshops such as The B**tch Factor and The Diva Discovery with Diva Di, provided some essential tools for burlesque show business!
Popular guest artist Rufino proved to have some very popular dance classes with thrilling hip hop and contemporary concepts, pushing all the gals to new foxy levels!
There were Boa Basics with Miss Annick, Introduction to Cheeky Chairtease with our entertaining Miss Leslie and finally the Burlesque Basics with our very own energetic Miss Kim!!
The day wouldn't be complete without chocolate, strawberries and quenching champagne!!
Thanks to all the Calgary ladies for coming out and jumping on our sexy train. Don't forget to check out our classes page for all current and upcoming classes and stay tuned for our Rockabilly themed Gala on Saturday June 9, 2012...
GO TEAM GO!! THE WHOLE SEXY CREW:
What did Miss Leslie say to get everyone laughing??
Rufino and his gang of hip hop ladies!!
Diva Di and her foxes:
The Diva Discovery workshop in session, very intense:
We are one week away from this feather extravaganza!
Are you registered? Are you bringing a girlfriend? Are you ready to be sexified?
Come check out SEXIFY YOUR SATURDAY on March 10th. This is a one day experience with various classes suitable for all levels. This is a great way to introduce a friend to the world of burlesque and all that it has to offer. All of the Calgary staff will be there including guest instructors Rufino and Julia! Register in advance and save $10.
Various classes are offered! Such as:
The B**ch Factor
The Diva Discovery
Introduction to Cheeky Chairtease
And much much more.
This is an amazing deal for only $40! Register online, don't miss out and you won't regret it!
Bring your heels and a boa and I'll bring the champagne!
Which is hotter? Salsa or Burlesque?
That continues to be debated across Calgary, but the good news is... you will get the fever this spring at the Calgary International Salsa Congress on April 20 & 21st! Workshops, shows and international talent all weekend long! Be mesmerized by a theatre-style production featuring some of the best salsa dancers in the world, local professionals, and troupes from all over North America, flown in for one weekend only. Spectacular international salsa showcases will take place 2 nights only Friday April 20, and Saturday April 21 at the elegant Hyatt Regency Imperial Ballroom.
Co-Event Directors Eric Caty and Kelly Lannan are also famously known as choreographers on So You Think You Can Dance Canada! See them in action in this clip:
Get sizzlin' for salsa and join Miss Kim on Tuesday nights for her Salsa-i-licious Burlesque (Level 2).