When you get to a certain age you start to believe that Christmas is simply for Children right? It’s an over commercialized way for retail stores to make more profit, an excuse for eating/drinking far too much and overspending (ever the pessimist lol).
But no, Christmas is about LOVE. It’s about being grateful for what you have and helping others – tis the season to be jolly!
Here at Burlesque Chair Dance we are very much about giving at Christmas, giving something back to the community and helping others to achieve their potential, live their dreams and find happiness. This year we’ve been all about Mission Christmas and we chose to support Hallam FM Cash for Kids; the majority of our dancers are Mum’s/Daughters/Grandmothers and knowing that we’ve made a difference to the lives of poorly, vulnerable and disadvantaged kiddies everywhere has been the BEST Christmas present any of us could have dreamed of.
We started our fundraising mission by hosting a BURLESQUE-ATHON a sponsored 6 hours of back to back, non stop Burlesque Chair Dance classes! 50 amazingly committed dancers came together and WOW they did it! If you have never been to a Burlesque Chair Dance class before let me tell you – it’s not as easy as people may think!
Every single lady in the room danced their stockings off (some didn’t walk for a few days afterwards like but it was totally worth it!)
Our Burlyesque Boys (poor suffering Husbands & Boyfriends) got together on the day too for their very own ‘Transvestite Christmas Make-Over’ including photo-shoot! Because ‘if you can’t beat em, join em’ right lads?! HUGE thanks to our boys and to our voluntary Make Up Artists who gave their time to come down and make them over on the day too: Jess Downs, Kerry Davenport, Meg Hilton & Chelsea Cavanagh! Special thanks also to Cherry Stones our Drag Artiste extraordinaire who opened the event in true style & glamour!
And to finish the year on a high the Doncaster Burlesque Chair Dance Cabaret Team hit the pubs & clubs taking part in the UK’s very first Christmas Burlesque Bar Dance Crawl! Our team of Burlesque Beauties danced ON 7 bars in one night in Doncaster town centre: The Urban Bar, Bar Home, Goose, Cask Corner, Frank & Steins, Hallcross & Vintage Rock Bar. Our ladies from class joined us on the night – an army of Sexy Santa’s shaking their buckets and raising even more cash for this amazing cause. Needless to say it was an INCREDIBLE night with the girls raising an axtra £757.65 in one night!
Now we believe in doing good at home too and helping our local community which is why we’ve split our donations again this year to help our local community too: The Woodfield Social Club in Balby is the birthplace of Burlesque Chair Dance and without the clubs support we wouldn’t be where we are today. The club supports a variety of different community groups and have been in need of help with their renovations for quite some time now. It gave us great pleasure to help and a cheque for £1,831.31 is going towards the cost of a much needed new floor that the whole community can enjoy – OAP groups, children’s sports groups and the free community events they host regularly to engage local youngsters and families.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to everyone, remember – Christmas is about LOVE, so go show someone you care xx