Sunday December 19, 2010

Gift Ideas 

Show Me How You Burlesque

Give the gift of dance this Christmas


n the 1920s, Joesephine Baker and Mae West danced burlesque. In 2010, Christina Aguilera sings about it in "Show Me How You Burlesque" with Cher in their latest movie called "Burlesque".

On January 21, International Burlesque Star Burgundy Brixx who will be at Cheeky Cherri to give a dance class. Or, if you're not the dancing type you may know someone who is and in that case, this would definitely be a unique gift under the tree this year.

"Dip your toes into the world of burlesque with a class that teaches you some of the tips and tricks of classic burlesque striptease. Burgundy will teach guests a fun classic burlesque striptease routine and some of the sassy history behind the bump ní grind," said Cheeki Cherry owner Brigida Crosbie in a release.                                                Dance Star Burgundy Brixx

This is a one-night-only affair and a rare chance to learn the secrets of burlesque dance from one of the best in the world. Class instruction lasts about an hour and is available to ladies 18-years-old and up. The cost is $25 for the class or gift certificate.

Crosbie says the class is closed and confidential, and girls should wear clothing they can move in that shows their body line. Bring along an extra bra and panty or elastic waist skirt that will fit over your outfit. High heels are also preferred.

The second part of the instruction will be an optional burlesque tassel twirling lesson lasting about a half hour.

"Guests who have their own pasties, or purchase them at the event will be taught proper adhesive methods to adhere pasties to body, and the skills to spin those tassels like a pro," said Crosbie.

Also, ladies can put a special photo under the tree for their guy this year with a burlesque portrait by Shimona Henry of Pin-up Perfection Photography using burlesque inspired props including boas, fans and gloves. Packages start at $15.

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For more information visit the store at: 5-45789 Spadina Avenue, Chilliwack or call 604-392-1105 or visit the website:

Store Hours are Mon - Wed. 10am - 6pm, Thurs/Fri. 10am - 7pm, and Sat. 10 am - 6 pm. Closed Sunday.

About Burgundy Brixx

Burgundy Brixx is the producer of the wildly successful Kitty Nights Burlesque in Vancouver. Since her arrival in Vancouver from New York City in January of 2008, Burgundy has been bringing Vancouver audiences a different lineup of the best professional Burlesque artists in the area and beyond, performing live onstage each and every Sunday night at Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret. In a city that previously was not able to support a monthly burlesque show, Burgundy has worked tirelessly to energize a fresh burlesque scene that benefits performers and audiences alike and continues to promote interest in the history and future of the burlesque movement.

A dazzlingly dynamic and elegant performer, Burgundy was recently a featured solo performer at The 2010 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas, The 2010 Best of Midwest Burlesk Fest, The 2009 New York Burlesque Festival, as well as in Tease-O-Rama's "Best Of The Best In New Burlesque" roadshow at the beautiful Triple Door in Seattle alongside such luminaries as former Miss Exotic World title holders Dirty Martini, Michelle L'Amour and Catherine D'Lish as well as burlesque legend Satan's Angel.

Burgundy also has the distinction of being the first burlesque performer ever to be featured in Vancouver's long-running dance concert series,

"Dances for a Small Stage and will be seen in the upcoming Brief Encounters at Performance Works on Vancouver's Granville Island. She was honoured by the Vancouver Burlesque Festival in 2009 with an award for "Outstanding Contribution to the Vancouver Burlesque Community.

After training with her mentor, Jo "Boobs" Weldon, in the art of burlesque striptease, and creating her own unique and innovative performance pieces, Burgundy found herself performing burlesque in New York City several nights a week. Her unique style made her a favorite and regular at The Slipper Room, Ixion Burlesque and Kitty Nights as well as Starshine Burlesque, Le Scandal Cabaret, Coney Island's Burlesque At The Beach, and Galapagos Art Space.

Before turning her skills and focus to the world of Burlesque, Burgundy worked as a singer and dancer for The Radio City Rockettes, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Trump Casinos, and many regional and off-Broadway theatres in New York City. She also worked as a dance instructor for numerous studios in both Boston and New York.

Burgundy Brixx is continually striving to challenge herself to reach new and innovative heights that fuse the classic elements of burlesque striptease with a modern consciousness and a celebration and respect for all women everywhere.

Burgundy is currently offering classes that teach the classic and elegant style of Burlesque for which she is renowned. For more information please visit The School Of Tease.

For show packages and rate info or to book Burgundy Brixx or Kitty Nights Burlesque for an upcoming event visit or e-mail her here.