Hi it’s Carly here a.k.a Minnie Schnapps from Warminster, Wiltshire.
As a mum of 2, running a public house and confidence lacking I thought my days of doing something I enjoyed and for myself were behind me. I have always had a passion for dance and fitness, starting gymnastics at an early age of 2 and then taking part in tap and modern dance.
When I reached my early teens I found the love for football and went on to play at semi-professional level. My dance had to take a back seat. My love of football is still with me. In July 2014 myself and a friend set up an all girls and women’s football club in Warminster, which I now play for the ladies team and coach the youth sides. We now have around 55 members from players of 6 years of age to ladies in their 40’s.
About 8 years ago I got back into dance after getting injured whilst playing football, and I found pole dancing. I soon realised that my passion for dance was still very strong. After a few years of pole dancing I decided it was time to do something for myself and decided I would like to become an instructor for a dance and fitness class. I have always loved the fashion and style of burlesque so I started researching on courses available to enable me to go and do want I wanted to do. I found Burlesque Chair Dance and plucked up the courage to contact Bella Diamond and with her reassurance I booked on to take my Level 1 course in February 2014, and then went on to complete my Level 2 course in March 2015.
I started my class up in Warminster and have never looked back since. My confidence has grown enormously over the past two years and in 2015 I decided to bare all in a calendar for Alzheimer’s Support, and this year with the same production company I will be taking part in the musical production of Girls Night and all proceeds from this will go to Breast Cancer Care.
In October 2015 we were invited to perform at our local theatre in a variety performance. To stand and perform on that stage with some of my beautiful ladies is an experience I will never forget. They make me proud every day. This performance just proves how much of a giant leap some of these ladies have taken their confidence has grown over the past few years. Some even plucked up the courage to take on a routine that requires them to go down to tassels. We have been invited back to perform with the same theatre company in June 2016.
The burlesque family all over the UK are fantastic and always inspire me, always there if any support is needed. I have met some amazing ladies through my classes over the past and to have been part of their journey to where they are now makes me feel very fortunate. From seeing those ladies walk in through the door for the first class to what they have achieved so far has been such a rewarding experience for me.
Burlesque Chair Dance is for anyone, any shape, any size, any age (16 +) and of any ability. Come along and give this fun filled fitness class a go. I run my classes on a Tuesday evening at Little Jem’s Dance School, Woodcock Industrial Estate, Warminster , Wiltshire BA12 9DX. 7.00pm to 8.00pm.
I am so happy to have found Burlesque Chair Dance and I am very excited for the journey that lies ahead.
Minnie Schnapps xxx