Risqué burlesque dance classes proving a hit in Hartlepool

Carol Hammond (centre) with dancers Maria Carney (left) and Laura Morgan
Carol Hammond (centre) with dancers Maria Carney (left) and Laura Morgan

A RISQUÉ new dance class is proving a hit with women after being introduced in Hartlepool.

Carol Hammond who runs a dance studio in town has started a new series of classes teaching the seductive style.

It is believed to be the first burlesque class in Hartlepool which are springing up all over the country and ladies are lining up to join in.

Carol said: “It is gentle exercise but mainly it is a dance class. It is certainly not striptease.

“It is the art of enticing.”

Carol, who has a dance studio in Dalton Street, took a course in Southport, Mersyside to learn the burlesque style.

And it was not just young women learning the sensual dance moves.

Carol, 52, added: “There was ladies of all shapes and sizes who were really enjoying it.

“I had women in their 50s, 60s and 70s all learning it.

“There is a lot of dance schools in the south and Midlands all doing it and there didn’t seem to be any classes up here so I thought why not give it a go.

“I’ve got quite a lot of ladies on the list who are doing it and it is really good fun.”

Modern burlesque, made famous by people like Dita Von Teese, is said to be an empowering art form that promotes femininity and can help women keep in shape, by improving posture.

Carol said: “The sessions help with posture, balance, co-ordination, femininity and above all boosting their self-confidence.”

She has started a six-week burlesque dance course which takes place at her studio on Monday nights but hopes to run more if it proves a success.