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Burlesque is more than an art form

Updated: Oct 6, 2022

✦ It’s accepting, tolerant, inclusive and established in 2022 by Olivia Howlett, Pearls & Poise School of Burlesque specialises in the classic art of burlesque. We spoke with Olivia to find out more…

What does Pearls & Poise offer?

“We offer weekly classes as well as workshops for hens and events, specialising in the classic art of burlesque,” Olivia told us. “Classes are open to adults of all genders aged 18 and above. I currently have students ranging from age 19 and into their fifties.”

Olivia loves to teach burlesque
Olivia Howlett from Pearls & Poise Burlesque

Pearls & Poise run with NSW school terms, conducting classes weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7pm at Bourne House, Level 2/10-12 Short Street, Port Macquarie.

Burlesque & Health

Burlesque challenges you both physically and mentally, assists with building and maintaining coordination, balance, memory, general toning and fitness.

Olivia said, “It is great for people who (like me) the gym doesn’t appeal to and they want a form of exercise that is fun and low-impact.”

Burlesque also supports emotional and mental health and well-being by being part of a community of like-minded people and fostering friendships.

Everybody has a ’burlesque body’ regardless of age, gender identity, fitness level and dance experience, Olivia told us. “Burlesque teaches women to feel at home in their skin and to feel confident about who they are and what they have to offer, embracing all parts of themselves. It encourages self-expression and self-love, whilst also giving students a sense of accomplishment and boosting self-esteem and self-confidence.”

Many benefits in learning burlesque, it’s good for you

Contrary to popular belief, burlesque is for everyone. Whatever your body shape or ability you will be able to perform and enjoy the art of burlesque. Burlesque is fun, it's a creative alternative to working out at the gym or going for a run.

Through learning and practising a burlesque routine you typically use lots of different parts of your body. From building your calf and leg muscles from dancing in heels to strengthening core muscles throughout your body and getting a good cardio workout in.

Also, burlesque dancing is an excellent way of looking after your mental health and wellbeing. You will learn about self-love and body appreciation, a benefit to your overall health. Burlesque is a way of feeling good and moving your body.

Burlesque is for everyone
Danika McManus, Sue McManus, Lauren Confield and Olivia

Feel more confident

Because burlesque dancing focuses on self-love and celebrating your body, you will become more confident in yourself. Many burlesque performers use alter-egos and characters to help express themselves. Therefore your burlesque dancing instructor can help you bring this into your routine, which in turn, will help you express yourself. By learning burlesque you’ll be able to release your inner goddess.

The beauty of learning burlesque is not only will you feel more confident with your body, but many feel more confident with themselves in general which can help in many aspects of their day-to-day life.


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