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“It’s very body-positive.”

Cape Town – The Rouge Revue Burlesque Company owner and teacher Lady Magnolia gave us unprecedented access to her studio during one of her classes to shoot a photo essay that will make you feel as if you are there.

We then sat down with the somehow sexy and unassuming dancer for a coffee where she told us about how she went from Knysna to Cape Town to be an aerobics instructor and ended up becoming a belly dancer turned burlesque dancer and teacher.


Here’s Lady Magnolia’s amazing story in her own words:

I grew up in Knysna and started teaching aerobics when I was 16 as my instructor was injured. When I finished school I moved to Cape Town to study exercise teaching at the Sports Science Institute. The first year I was in Cape Town I met a belly dancer, started taking belly dancing lessons and fell in love with it. I loved everything about it from the saris to the incense burning in the corner. Little by little I started doing undulations and two-step shimmies and grapevines. So, belly dancing ended up creeping into my aerobics and exercise classes (where I worked).

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