Women learn the sexy art of striptease at Lismore festival

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The Lismore Women's Festival is now in its fourth year. This year, it will coincide with International Women's Day this year (6-8 March), with more than 1000 people from across Northern NSW expected to attend over the three days.

LISMORE, Australia - eTradeWire -- Burlesque beauty Imogen Kelly will be teaching women the art of striptease when she stages a dance workshop at the upcoming Lismore Women's Festival.

Known as Australia's First Lady of Burlesque and crowned World Queen of Burlesque in Las Vegas in 2012, Ms Kelly has performed throughout the world and will share tips of the striptease trade at the three-day festival from March 6 – 8.

"You don't have to be a great dancer to do a sexy striptease, and you don't need to have a perfect body," said Ms Kelly.

"The three key elements to a seductive striptease are to move slowly, feel confident and enjoy yourself. It's about being you."

While Ms Kelly has performed Moulin Rouge kick lines for celebrities and sheiks, danced at elaborate Japanese geisha weddings and tumbled with circus troupes, her workshop at the Lismore Women's Festival will teach the classic striptease moves of 1940s iconic American burlesque dancer, Lili St Cyr.

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"Lili was renowned for having a real bubble bath on stage and was reportedly a role model for Marilyn Munroe," Ms Kelly said.

Coordinator for the annual YWCA Australia Lismore Women's Festival, Emma Newman, said 2020 was the fourth year the festival had been staged with more than 1000 people expected to attend over the three days.

"Because the festival coincides with International Women's Day on March 8, it's becoming a must-do event for people in this region wanting to celebrate the achievements of women," Ms Newman said.

Apart from Ms Kelly's striptease workshop on March 7, the festival also includes an art showcase, a cabaret performance, a comedy show with an all-female line up of talent, a workshop on being an active bystander, yoga classes, menopause and nutrition sessions plus much more.

Register for Ms Kelly's Burlesque Workshop here: https://www.facebook.com/lismorewomensfestival/events

Festival details and program here: https://www.lismorewomensfestival.org/

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