I have always been drawn to the art of burlesque in one form or another. There was something so enticing and magical about the thought of creating an alter ego,making costumes, dancing and playing with all the glitter I wanted. In a brilliant stroke of mania in 2012 I decided to put on my very own burlesque show. A one time deal, I would get friends to perform, we would donate the proceeds to charity, it would be amazing! Boudoir Rouge Burlesque made their debut on February ------- There were only seven dancers that first show but that was enough of a spark to ignite the fire that is still burning brightly as we enter into our seventh season.
Over the years I have run into many mountains in my personal life. I cut ties with my abusive parents and worked hard to heal generations of trauma and abuse. My son was diagnosed with OCD. One year later I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after mania had caused a psychotic break. Less than one year after that I was walking out the door on my twelve year marriage. The one thing that remained constant was my love and devotion to burlesque.
This group of amazing humans have given me wings. They have taught me many lessons, been there for me in countless ways and have supported me through my toughest moments. That is the culture that Boudoir Rouge Burlesque creates. We are women supporting everyone that comes too us. We give space for growth, individuality and authenticity and want to see each other succeed.
Until now, this experience has only been open to those brave enough to perform on stage. And while that may be the fastest way to find your inner badass, it’s not for everyone. Diamond Avenue Studios aims to embody the same magic and culture of Boudoir Rouge Burlesque. At Diamond Avenue Studios you can uncover who you really are, take risks in a safe space, and learn to shine brightly without ego. We give you the tools to find your confidence, tap into your inner badass and take up space in this world. Whether you are a seasoned performer or its your first day in heels, there is a space for every body, size, shape, age, and gender. Diamond Avenue will offer classes and workshops, opportunities to perform, burlesque photo shoots, private events and a chance to be a part of an important and powerful movement. We are changing the world with our bold authenticity, beautiful bodies and all the badassery we can muster.
Love and showgirl kisses, Dallas
Owner, Producer, Dancer
I was thrown into the world of can't when I lost my leg to bone cancer at 14.
You can't run. You can't snowboard. You can't dance. You can't be sexy or sexual. You can't......
Except I LOVE to dance. I can't hear music and not move to it. Yet dance classes though were firm on my can't list. Being on stage in that capacity wasn't something that was even in my realm of possibilities.
A month before my 34th birthday I was told I had breast cancer. I underwent a double mastectomy and with my breast lost a part of myself. They weren't just breast to me. They were how I fed, comforted and nourished 3 children. They made me feel sexy and feminine. I woke up from surgery with them gone, replaced by fake.
Just before I started chemo I was invited to go to a Boudoir Rouge Burlesque Show. I wanted to go, I so badly wanted to be part of the glitz, glamour and seduction. Instead I declined. My body has been torn apart once more and I need to heal and learn to love it first.
A few months later I went to a burlesque show and I LOVED it. I was at a place where watching women so beautiful and full of confidence was healing for me. Still I left that night wondering were bodies like mine were. Where were the dancers with disabilities? I'm used to my body not being represented in the mainstream, except this time I wasn't ok with it. This time I knew I needed to be part of the change in representation. I talked to Dallas (fun fact our kids are friends) I told her I needed to be on stage. She didn't hesitate in welcoming me, and instead she created something just for me to showcase my leg. She helped me created a solo where I could bare it all.
I got on stage the first time and knew I was were I'm supposed to be. I knew my list of can'ts just got shorter. I knew that the only person limiting me is me.
Diamond Avenue was created to bring this feeling to everyone. It's a place to heal, to fall in love with yourself, to challenge your list of cant's. I can't wait to see you.