Let me introduce you to our Fantastic team.
All of our Instructors have their own story to tell.
They all have their own personal reasons for joining the team and wanting to be on this Journey.
Some of them have truly opened up and shared some real personal details with you.
I look forward to seeing what other amazing women find their way to us and to you.
Belladonna Wilde - Faversham Instructor
"Let me tell you a little story about how Belladonna Wilde came to be....and why I do what I love here at Let's Burlesque.
I was in the pursuit of a societal ideal for a very long time. I wanted nothing more than to be the smallest version of me as I could. And because we're bombarded with views and opinions CONSTANTLY about what we should look like, do with our bodies and how we should 'fit the mould', I never once considered that there was space for me in the 'fitness' industry. I couldn't teach a class, let alone go and study, qualify and promote myself!
In the last couple of years my eyes have been opened to diet culture bullsh*t that is all around us; the norms, unspoken rules, weight stigma, fatphobia and my own inner saboteur. I'd been led to believe I couldn't do 'it' (fill in the gap, there's loads!) 'until I was X or looked like X'. Think of your own examples here; clothes, activities, things you'd say in conversation, people you'd flirt with, places you'd go, things you'd learn etc etc.
My thing was, 'I can't train to be a fitness pro until I look the part'. What a load of boll*cks. REPRESENTATION MATTERS. I'm not about that life now. I have grieved for the small body I persistently strived for and I've turned inwards. What do I mean? I no longer look to my exterior ONLY as a way to validate myself. That doesn't hold my value. But to ME. I'm leaning in to me. My strengths, my resources, the things my friends, family and clients LOVE about me. It's certainly not for my body. My body is THE LEAST important thing about me.
Burlesque has helped me shift that perspective and connect with ME. I connect with parts of me that make me, ME and bring me JOY. Like movement. Just moving my body. Seeing what it can do. Holding it in positions that I never get to in my 'day job'! Getting to move to some really cool music. It's empowering, freeing, dancing is one thing I LOVE to do. You'll always see me on the dancefloor at a party! Another thing; being part of a group - a 'we're all in this together' mentally. The inspirational beauties that I come to know through shaking ya ass once (or more times!) a week.
Touching. My. Body. Owning my body. Accepting my body. Being with my body and not being ashamed, embarrassed, scared, frustrated or separate from it.
I am a fat positive, body neutral, body liberation activist. I'll tag a few accounts in the upcoming days/weeks if you're interested to explore for yourself. I'm still learning to take up space, but honey, I got it!!
Belladonna Wilde 💋"