A top Burlesque artist invites people to ditch their tracksuits, dust their feather boas and strut their gear.
The Australian -born Sapphira is traveling from her home in London to West Lothian for her first performance and class since lockdown.
The actress, who has also published a book about her mental health recovery story, ‘Burlesque or Bust’, was in Livingston for the first time teaching a workshop before signing copies of her book and using Zoom to share his personal class from a dance studio around the world.
His workshop will be held on Saturday, October 30 from 2pm to 4pm with a show at 7.30pm at the Howden Park Center.
During the lockdown, Sapphira created an international timetable program that teaches free Burlesque classes and invites Burlesque artists around the world to be interviewed to connect the scene and raise spirits using Zoom and Instagram Live to teach the world from his home.
He explained: “Burlesque is a powerful dance, it allows us to move our bodies and use creative escape to put the daily struggle to one side.
“I know people have difficulty with isolation and reaching out to share my tutoring classes online will help to inspire.
“I was amazed at the expansion of my student base connecting to 57 countries during the lockdown. We are already out of lockdown and I am preparing my first look since long hibernation and my first time to appear in Scotland, I thought why not continue to teach internationally and also have a personal class.
“It would be great we have students from Sweden, Mexico and Italy connecting with Zoom with the class full of locals in Livingston coming in person! It’s the best in both worlds.
“My workshop is designed to suit total beginners to intermediate students. I hope newcomers will come along and learn to pack gloves and have fun.”
Sapphira chose Scotland as the destination for her first performance because she made many connections to the country during the lockdown.
Her Boost Your Burlesque Strategy mentor program was attended by Scottish burlesque performers and she has taught many students from West Lothian, Fife, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
His World Burlesque Day project connected 57 countries in April with a TikTok Challenge attended by Anas Sarwar, the leader of the Scottish Labor party, who attended the Saltire Burlesque Academy Free TikTok Dance ’#boogieinbootschallenge outdoor class class in the Livingston Football Stadium car park.
Burlesque is a style of dance that emanates from theater and comedy that has experienced a resurgence over the past 20 years. It has a focus on the delicious element of teasing and helps many participants with body confidence.
After the workshop, singer / songwriter Sapphira who appeared on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ will present two songs from her upcoming album on stage, Dark Angel and Mistress with students from Saltire Burlesque Academy, Glitter Kiss Studio and Pasion Flamenca.
The workshop is £ 25 if paid online and includes a signed copy of Sapphira’s book and tickets to her show are £ 14. For more information visit www.worldburlesqueacademy.com/showstopper.
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