So, I did it!
Last Friday (October 12), I made my debut as newbie burlesque performer, Typsy Tease, at the ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll’ night, held in aid of St Luke’s Hospice, at The Shakespeare, Sheffield.
I was performing at the charity event along with fellow graduates from the Secrets of the Boudoir Burlesque course. As I did my hair and make-up at home that evening, I felt a flutter of nerves and found myself feeling quite overwhelmed once I arrived at The Shakespeare but reassurance from the other lovely ladies who were performing helped a lot.
The first burlesque performer (the very talented Raven Noir, who started out as a burlesque performer this year and hasn’t looked back) took to the stage after midnight and the rest of us clamoured into the doorway to watch her fantastic performance.
I was due on stage around halfway through the set. After being around the other lovely burlesque graduates and seeing their fantastic performances, my nerves had calmed a lot and by the time the compere called out ‘Typsy Tease’, I was excited and raring to get up on that stage!
Although the music I had chosen for my performance (‘Dancing with Myself’ by Nouvelle Vague) could have been a little louder, I’m really pleased to say that on the whole, my performance went fantastically well. I didn’t fall over and my corset didn’t get stuck – these were the two mishaps I was most worried would happen!
I had such fun that my performance seemed to fly by and the next thing I knew, I was back in the changing room and sipping a celebratory glass of ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll’ ale brewed especially for the event by the Blue Bee Brewery (such a classy burlesque performer! 😉 ).
I’m so pleased that I was able to take Typsy Tease to the stage – it was a fantastic experience and who knows, it could happen again!
Many thanks to Secrets of the Boudoir Burlesque for inviting me to perform and thanks to the lovely ladies who also performed on the night for their inspiration and support. I’d also like to say a massive thanks to Psychedelic Snaps for taking so many great pictures of the event that I’ll be able to look back on and smile at! Here are some of my faves…