Bellacize

Burlesque takes hold in the 'burbs'

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

With the release of Cher's film Burlesque this month and Australia's first burlesque festival launching in the city last may, Christine Sully is promoting fun and fitness as part of her new burlesque-based dance class, Booty Hips.

Watsonia is set to become the latest suburb to fall under the spell of Melbourne’s burlesque revival.

With the release of Cher’s film Burlesque this month and Australia’s first burlesque festival launching in the city last may, Christine Sully is promoting fun and fitness as part of her new burlesque-based dance class, Booty Hips.

Ms Sully quit a corporate job in the city six years ago to do what she loved and now runs the exotic dance company Bellacize, specialising in belly, Bolliwood and pole dancing.

But she said classes for burlesque – a mix of dance and striptease in vintage lingerie – had taken off during the past year.

“I have been doing burlesque for the past seven or eight years but I found in 2010 it started to become more popular,” Ms Sully said.

“I think the beauty of the burlesque is that it is s feminine, glamorous and terrific fun.

“It is easy to dance with the costumes and the girls feel really sexy and gain a lot of self-confidence.

“Plus, it’s much classier than pole dancing.” She said burlesque dance classes had been especially popular for hen’s nights.

“It’s a bit of fun because they learn a routine and the bride gets a special routine for her honeymoon,” she said.