Old Girls School Community Centre, 18 Kirkgate, Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorkshire LS25 6BL
Byram Parish Hall, 9 Old Great North Road, Byram, Knottingley WF11 9DJ
Welcome to Burlesque Chair Dance, My Name is Carol – (aka) Gin A Ling Sparkle.
About me – I am 50 years old, a Mum and Nana.
I danced tap, ballet, modern, jazz and acro from the age of six, travelling all over the Country with my dance school and my mum for competitions. The shows were amazing, being up there on stage, the shining lights and the bling and sparkle of the costumes.
I left dancing at the age of eighteen to have a baby and never found the time to return. I loved the stage; I would go to theatres and watch others perform wishing I could be back up there.
Slowly, I had lost my confidence and put on weight, I tried exercise classes, going to the gym but it was not me. One day I saw an advert for Burlesque Chair Dance, I thought to myself “I could do that, it looks fun” so I booked a class. Scared, nervous and anxious I arrived at my class, and I loved it! Everyone made me feel welcome, I was buzzing and could not wait until my next class the following week. 8 weeks or so later an advert came up on Facebook for Instructors I applied, I studied hard, I took the exam, passed and the rest is history.
I love the laughs, the giggles, the routines, the music and more importantly the friendships I have made along the way. My confidence is back, I feel good about myself, and I have lost a bit of weight too. Oh…… and I get to dress up and get back on stage doing something I love.
Taking the first step is the hardest, the rest is easy – it doesn’t matter about age, shape, or size, come and give it a whirl, you will love it!!
Can’t wait to meet you,
Gin A Ling Sparkle xx