In anticipation of our grand festival this year, CIBF features local talent that are either just getting their feet wet, or totally immersed in the glittery pool of Burlesque in Calgary. Although not performing at this year's fest, look out for them next year! Our community continues to drive inspiration and promote this beautiful art. So, what better way to achieve that than to share in the inspirational stories of new talent!
I decided to finally take a class this year and took the Garter Girls intensive. Burlesque was on my bucket list. My first performance was in May. I have no dance or performance background and was really trying to push myself out of my comfort zone. It was scary and exciting and I'm totally hooked! I have since kept pushing myself, taking more classes when I can to work on my performances. I want to be the best performer I can be and it is a journey I find very challenging, but I love it. It has had ups and downs like everything in life but is so worth it. I have had the opportunity to perform in local shows and I take every opportunity I can to get out there and just do it. It still scares me to get on stage but it gets a little easier each time. The support of the local burlesque community is astounding though. The seasoned performers are always willing to help and its great meeting new performers like me on this journey. In particular, I’m thankful to The Garter Girls and Daisy Deville of Burlesque Burn, who are amazing teachers and pure inspiration. I’d also like to extend my gratitude to The Fake Moustache Drag King troupe and Dawn Desmarais, who open their arms to new performers and are just amazing people.
Although the burlesque community here in Calgary is small, it is so amazing and supportive. I feel honoured to be a part of it.