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Burlesque Hen Party in West London

This Saturday I travelled to Richmond to teach a burlesque party for hen Micha and her 9 lovely friends and bridesmaids. They arrived in a storm of feather boas, high heels and hold up stockings (oh and Prosecco!)

The hen was given a sexy Moulin Rouge inspired outfit by her maid of honour and once dressed we were ready to start. I began by letting them each choose a burlesque name - their alter ego for the day. The sexy burlesque names definitely got the girls in the mood and they were all eager to start learning how to harness their inner goddesses!

We started with a warm up to 'Show Me How to Burlesque' which got everyone's hips and shoulders loose and ready to shake and shimmy! Next we learnt how to peel off silk gloves both with the teeth (their favourite!) and hands. We then moved to sliding stockings off both standing up and lying down (trickier but much more fun!) Lastly we 'fanned' about with some small feather fans, experimenting with different moves. Once all my lovely ladies had mastered these Burlesque basics we were ready to learn the routine.

For the next hour the hen AKA Foxy Velvet and her fellow Burlesque beauties put their newly learnt skills to the test in a routine choreographed to Jesse J's 'Sexy Silk'. I was thrilled to see they not only learnt the moves quickly, but they needed no encouragement to make sexy faces and noises! We went through each move and talked about the intent and movement quality and different expressions to use and by the end they were performing the routine like pros! The day ended with lots of photos with all the props. It was great to see all the ladies getting involved, leaving their inhibitions aside and having a great laugh. A few even said they may take some lessons, so you never know we may have a few more Burlesque artist on the scene soon!

Woh ladies!! well done! x

Categories: Hen Party, Burlesque, Dance Party

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Managing Director
Paola has been working with Zoo since 2009 and has been an integral part of the Zoo “machine”. Now as our Managing Director, Paola sits in the driver's seat at Zoo and specialises in choreography for productions, TV, Film & events. She started dancing age 6 competing in rock’nd’roll & boogie woogie styles. She studied ballet and jazz before becoming a professional dancer and choreographer in Rome, then in London.
Cheer Coach
Shanique is the Head Coach for ZR Cheerleaders and teaches our workshops. Having been cheerleading since 2008, she started at Kingston University where she gained her BA Degree in Dance. She has a cheer coaching qualification and has coached from minis to university teams, taught cheer and dance classes in local schools, been a competitive cheer athlete at Unity Allstars. She has also been a part of Zoo for many years, competing with the pom dance team and performing at events.
Meet Our Dancers
Our professional team of dancers at Zoo Riot have a wealth of experience, technique sprinkled with that extra Zoo magic! Available for performances, events and media productions - explore our dancers profiles!
The ZR Crew
The ZR Crew is made up of Zoo Riot members who have been with Zoo for 1 year or more, or who come from a professional dance background. Everyone on the ZR Crew has a small role to help the running of our dance club, to take care of our community of members, but also to teach parties, manage events and think of fun things for Zoo to do!
Jessica is the founder and owner of ZR London Dance Company and is also the mastermind behind CheerConditioning.Academy - our cheerleading fitness online platform for the international cheer community.
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