Tullibody Civic Centre, Abercromby Place, Tullibody, Alloa FK10 2RU
My name is Lauren-Ashley, I’m 31 years old from Clackmannanshire and I am over the moon to be a part of the Burlesque Chair Dance team! When I was younger, I loved freestyle dancing and danced competitively until the age of 14. I lost interest when I became a teenager as my friends and social life took over. I always regretted giving up because the passion never left and 17 years later, I still dance my way through life. Cooking dinner in my house is a 2-hour process when I dance from the fridge to the cooker!
My burlesque journey started when myself and my friend decided to go along to a local class for a bit of a giggle, but it was nothing like I expected! Our instructor, Jett Starre (Scotland’s Area Manager) was fabulous & taught us how to dance in a way that any girl of any shape and any size could look incredible regardless of their fitness and dance abilities. We learned to focus on the parts of our bodies we liked rather than the bits we wanted to fix, and we were taught to dance in a way that emphasised all of our best assets. Over time I forgot it was a fitness class, I was addicted to the sassy feeling it gave me. I started Burlesque Chair Dance classes shy and awkward with little confidence. 6 weeks later I took part in the Scotland Annual Show, dancing for an audience of 300 people, it was a feeling I will never forget. I was terrified but when the music came on and I started dancing I felt like the best version of myself for those few moments on stage, I felt sexy, sassy and unashamed to be feeling it in front of 300 people. From that night my confidence continued to rocket and now I am an instructor myself, I have gained a whole burlesque family made up of women from all walks of life, who I would never have the privilege of meeting in my day to day life. I want to give other women all the sass that my amazing instructor gave me. I want to teach every woman I know to love themselves for who they are because the most attractive thing in a woman is confidence & Burlesque Chair Dance classes will give you limitless amounts of it. In normal life I am a mother, a girlfriend and a Psychology student. In my burlesque life, my altered ego, Dolly Diamond, is whoever she wants to be. That is a feeling that no other fitness class has ever given me.
I can’t wait to share it with you ladies,
Dolly Diamond xx