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Well hello everyone! I’m Trixie Blue, Principal Enchantress at the accessible and inclusive burlesque entertainment company House of Trixie Blue.  I have worked in this sparkly burlesque world for nine years as a performer, producer and researcher…you could say it keeps me on my toes.  Burlesque captured my heart back in the early 2000’s and ever since then I have strived to preserve the beauty of the art form and encourage everyone aged 18+ to embrace its charms.

The art of the tease is simply magical. It taps into your inner performer and inspires you to break out the jazz hands one shimmy at a time. It encourages you to take ownership of your personality and express it through its multifaceted traditions. You can be a cheeky cheesecake Follie or a seductive enchantress – the choice is always yours. The transgressive nature of burlesque ensures that this historic art form is able to keep fresh within the contemporary culture.

This business we call show has given me the most amazing ride. I have so many amazing memories and experiences through working in this industry and it is my passion to spread a little burlesque joy wherever I go. I adore creating House of Trixie Blue’s student showcase shows – The Carnival of Tease. I run these shows three times a year for our hardworking and dedicated burlesque students, The Blue Belles. These ladies take to the stage and show to the North East their new found burlesque talents.  Nothing better than seeing a bunch of incredible ladies take to the stage and NAIL IT! Proud teacher alert.

As a performer, I have had the opportunity to perform in some of the most beautiful, crazy and wonderful places this world has to offer. Most recently, I put on my dancing shoes, donned red lip stick and performed to Max from the TV show Catfish…in Manchester of all places!

If you fancy getting involved in burlesque and not sure where to start, my advice would be to get to know the wonderful people who make up the burlesque scene. The North East bodes some of the friendliest audiences in the country. This hardcore bunch reside in a Facebook community called Blinks (Burlesque Links). Here you will find some of the most fantastic people who are always happy to give advice and accompany people to shows.

If you are a burlesque performer or an aspiring performer, pop along to shows and introduce yourselves to the producer, make yourself known in the Blinks group (as mentioned above) or come along to one of House of Trixie Blues burlesque buskers nights, or as we love to call it, Burluskers Delight, held periodically at Prohibition Cabaret Bar. 

Our North East burlesque scene is one of the best in the country with an abundance of shows to attend. Why don’t you pop along to the monthly shows at Prohibition Cabaret Bar, where you can find a mixture of different burlesque styles and experience on their infamous stage.  Or how about supporting up and coming talent with The Carnival of Tease, held three times a year at World Headquarters. Not only this, check out the annual charity shows produced by The Kittens Collective, Bi monthly theatre shows from Darlingtons Miss Tobi James, plus Sunderlands Duke’s Cabaret Showdolls.

Fancy giving burlesque a go yourself?  I simply cannot recommend lessons enough. It will open a door to a new world for you, full of like-minded individuals who simply adore to have a good time. Don’t forget to take some tassels with you! Shake ‘em baby.

If you are keen to find out more about burlesque, then look no further than the documentary Burlesque Undressed (2010). If you are a book worm, check out The Burlesque Handbook (2010).  This documentary and book provide a wonderful overview of such a vast art form, they might even change your life. You can thank me at a show – tee hee hee! x

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