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Burlesque star will teach West Lothian fans how to strut their stuff

A leading Burlesque artist is inviting people to ditch their tracksuits, dust off their feather boas and strut their stuff.

Australian-born Sapphira is travelling from her home in London to West Lothian for her first performance and class since lockdown.

The artist, who also published a book about her mental health recovery story, ‘Burlesque or Bust’, will be in Livingston for the first time ever teaching a workshop prior to signing copies of her book and using Zoom to share her in-person class from a dance studio with the rest of the world.

Her workshop will be held on Saturday, October 30 from 2pm to 4pm with a show at 7.30pm at Howden Park Centre.

During lockdown Sapphira created an international timetable programme teaching free Burlesque classes and inviting Burlesque artists around the globe to be interviewed to connect the scene and to lift-spirits using Zoom and Instagram Live to teach the world from her home.

She explained: “Burlesque is a powerful dance, it enables us to move our bodies and use creative escapism to put day-to-day struggles to one side.

“I knew people were struggling in isolation and that reaching out to share my sparkle teaching classes online could help to lift spirits.

“I am amazed to have expanded my student base connecting with 57 countries during lockdown. Now we are out of lockdown and I am preparing my first appearance since the long hibernation and my first ever time appearing in Scotland, I thought why not continue to teach internationally as well as hold an in-person class.

“This is going to be great we have students from Sweden, Mexico and Italy connecting on Zoom plus the class will be full with those local to Livingston coming in person! It’s the best of both worlds.

Sapphira will strut her stuff in Livingston. Pic by Lara Blake photography

“My workshop is designed to suit total beginners to intermediate students, I hope newcomers will come along and learn to peel a glove and have fun.”

Sapphira has chosen Scotland as the destination for her first performance because she made so many connections with the country during lockdown.

Her Boost Your Burlesque Strategy mentor programme was attended by Scottish burlesque performers and she has taught many students from West Lothian, Fife, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Her World Burlesque Day project connected 57 countries back in April with a TikTok Challenge attended by Anas Sarwar, the head of the Scottish Labour party, who attended the outdoor Saltire Burlesque Academy Free TikTok Dance ‘#boogieinbootschallenge class in the Livingston Football Stadium car park.

Burlesque is a style of dance that stems from theatre and comedy which has experienced a revival over the past 20 years. It has a focus on the tasteful element of tease and helps many participants with body confidence.

After the workshop,singer/songwriter Sapphira who has appeared on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ will be performing two songs from her forthcoming album on stage, Dark Angel and Mistress alongside 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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