Burlesque comes to Bangor and Menai Bridge


Alex Ballard

BURLESQUE fever is coming to North West Wales as an experienced dance teacher seeks to help women in the region unleash their inner goddess.

Helen McGreary, 35, is holding courses in one of dance’s most glamorous styles in Bangor and Menai Bridge from tomorrow.

And with the likes of Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue bringing burlesque back into the spotlight, the sessions are sure to prove a hit.

Helen said: “Last year I did a training programme in Bristol while on sabbatical, it was three months of intensive training in lots of different styles to keep myself fresh.

“That was when I discovered burlesque – it’s quite a sultry, cheeky style and has quite a showgirl tradition.”

She added: “Burlesque does not equal stripping – it’s about cheekiness, fun and being sexy and seductive with class and elegance.”

Helen, who hails from Llangollen, has taught for eight years, and began dancing 15 years ago when she attended a contemporary dance class.

She said: “I went to a dance class just to give it a go and though I didn’t know what to expect, I just loved it!

“I really diversified soon after discovering I loved dance, and tried out all kinds of styles such as creative, expressive, street dance, African and belly dancing.

“These classes will provide a chance to get fit and have fun in a social environment with a group of women of all ages.”

The Bangor course in burlesque dancing begins in Bangor tomorrow at Talgai Hall in Llandygai from 7-8pm and continues every Friday until October 29.

Meanwhile the course in Menai Bridge takes place every Wednesday (October 13 - November 3) from 6-7pm at the community hall on Water Street.

You must be at least 16 to take part, and there is no upper age limit.
For more, call Helen on 07751 017157, email helenmcgreary7@gmail.com or visit www.dance-classes-north-wales.co.uk.

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