Sensual and seductive, burlesque is coming to Gladstone
A GROUP of Sydney women are keeping the age-old burlesque style of strip tease dance and performance alive.
Nikki Sidney, Marley Aurora and Rachael Fox are touring Queensland with Tease Australia, a modern take on burlesque.
It features lights, sound, extravagant costumes and saucy group and solo performances.
Marley, 23, has danced since she was nine and said she'd always wanted to be part of a burlesque show.
Tease Australia has toured the country for two years.
Marley said the interest in burlesque dancing has never faded, but it grew even more after the smash hit movie starring Christina Aguilera Burlesque was released.
She spoke with The Observer yesterday ahead of their Gladstone show at the Harvey Road Tavern this weekend.
"When I got into my teen years I started doing the French Can-Can ... it (burlesque) was something I always envisaged," the professional dancer said.
Their current tour is the first they've done in Queensland.
Ms Aurora said she most enjoyed the feeling of being on stage.
"What I love most is the dancing and the performing ... We get to go out on stage and have an alter ego. We might be tired, might not feel like putting on the lippy but we do and when we get out and perform it's to the best of our ability.
"Being on stage there's a bit of surreal-ness.
"Once we get our makeup and costumes on and start dancing and the crowd starts cheering, it's a great feeling knowing that they're enjoying it all," she said.
Their tour has taken them to cities and regional towns.
She said generally the crowds were gender neutral, but in mining towns it could be dominated by men.
"There's a difference in the crowds between the cities and the regional, but we always get the same response that they love it."
"Most of the time it's a mix (of males and females)... sometimes the ladies love the show just as much, and sometimes more than the men."
Ms Aurora said their crowds had grown and there was more interest in the style of dance since the movie Burlesque was released.
She said some of their routines were inspired by the film.
"All over the country the movie definitely set the mark for the style and it brought it back.
"A lot of people had forgotten what burlesque was all about."
And as for what people should expect from their show, Ms Aurora said it was a very sensual performance.
"It's the age old strip tease, burlesque, we've got the traditional costumes, the long gloves ... it's a very sensual and seductive performance and it leaves a lot to the imagination.
"A lot sexier than any other style you could imagine touring the country doing."
The show will feature at Harvey Road Tavern on Sunday from 12.30pm. Entry is free.