Burlesque necessities

Burlesque necessities

By Andrew Mosley | 26/05/2021

Burlesque necessities


A DANCE instructor is bringing a touch of glamour to a rugby club as she invites newcomers to give burlesque a try.

Ruth Charmak said she had been inundated with customers wanting to tackle the techniques of chair burlesque, which she has brought to Rotherham Rugby Club.

“It’s a really fun exercise class and suitable for all abilities,” she said. “We have quite a few beginners signed up who have never done it before and really want to try it.

“We’ve been doing online classes through the lockdown so are looking forward to getting back to live classes.”

Ruth, who has previously been a pole fit instructor, said she had been a dancer since she was a young girl and was keen to pass on her passion to others.

“I got into it about two years ago through a friend who is an instructor and decided I really wanted to teach it myself — I absolutely love it.

“It’s a brilliant way to make friends, too — we’re like a big family.

“We also do shows and fundraising events for charities.”

Ruth said the rugby club had been really supportive in providing a suitable space for her classes, which will be subject to Covid safety regulations, with those attending required to arrive and leave in masks but not wear them during the class.

She added: “The chairs are usually spaced about two metres apart anyway so it’s ideal for social distancing, and it’s completely contact-free.”

The sessions run at 11am on Tuesday mornings at the rugby club on Clifton Lane.

Admission is £5 per session on a pay-as-you-go basis and there is no requirement to sign up for a series of classes.

Ruth said interest had been “phenomenal” and spaces were scarce but anyone interesting in attending can email her at ruthcharmak@gmail.com to check for any spaces.