Pancake Day went well for me and involved lashings of chocolate sauce, lemon and sugar but now Lent has started and I gave up dairy again! So what to do when you run a tea blog which involves whipped cream, butter and milk?? Luckily this blog encompasses tea and 'TEASE so it seems like I’ll be focussing on the 'tease for the next six weeks ;-)
Fortunately, at a recent meeting of the ‘Dalston Darlings’ (that’s the Dalston branch of the Women’s Institute) we were treated to a lecture and burlesque lesson from the ‘Burlesque Tornado’ herself Khandie Kisses!
Khandie is an accomplished DJ, MC and model, and is expanding into the world of film with an imminent role in a movie penned by the legendary Alan Moore (most well-known for writing From Hell, Watchmen and V For Vendetta). However it is her burlesque skills we’ve come to witness today….even though it has to be said she is as funny as she is sexy, so her burlesque skills were on a par with her comedy skills!
She started the session with a chat about her journey into burlesque and how it actually began with a career in the Royal Air Force – it was hilarious to hear how she’d gone back to her old barracks to do a performance for fellow servicemen and women who were now seeing her in a new light…!
She also talked of her involvement with different burlesque festivals around the world, and the huge range of acts she could do, my favourite being ‘Baby of the Blitz’ which can be seen at: http://youtu.be/XT0WHrJVk58 and is inspired by her RAF history
Then of course, it was time to shake our own bootys with a little lesson on how to do some of those signature moves! You may have seen Christina in ‘Burlesque’ or the Abi Titmuss DVD but nothing is as good as the real thing. I only wish I hadn’t had a broken rib at the time! But it’s not a problem as Khandie is working around the UK and sometimes offers lessons in London. See http://khandiekhisses.com/ for details. I will definitely be heading to a lesson or two while she's in England....if her star keeps rising we may lose her to the allure of the bright lights of Hollywood!
Until next time xoxAlso see http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dalston-Darlings-Womens-Institute/159653610732407
and follow both on Twitter:
@KhandieKhisses and @dalstondarlings