We are excited to introduce the newest member of LFF: Soleil! Soleil has been a friend and supporter since we launched in 2015, and we decided it was finally time to make our relationship official. So look for her smiling face at all of our upcoming events.
For fun, we thought we would haze her a little and ask about her first time performing burlesque.
LFF: Tells us about your first time performing burlesque on stage. What led you to that point? Were you nervous? How did you feel after? Do you have advice for anyone just starting out?
Soleil: It was November 2, 2013 and at the time I was doing mostly belly dance classes. On a whim I took a Burlesque Bikini workout class. I never thought in a million years I could do this. I was already in my 40s and a mostly conservative and modest woman – I thought only young beautiful women would do this – not a 40+ with two children.
On stage that night, I transformed from an insecure woman who doubted her own abilities and attractiveness to an empowered woman who now embraces her inner goddess and loves herself and all her physical “imperfections” and continually strives to help other women to see their own beauty – with or without pasties.
LFF: That is so awesome! Any advice for newbies?
Soleil: You are gifting your unique talent and beauty to the audience – always love your audience and they’ll love you back! And always have emergency wardrobe fixes on hand!
LFF: Lol, we can attest to that!
You can see Soleil bopping around backstage with us for Summerween: Tales From the Stripped at Parkside on July 12, and she’ll also be on hand to perform in Dirty Dancing at the Triad on October 5, so save the date!
Did you miss a My First Time post? Read them all here. And be sure to come back next week for another edition! xoxo