Velvet Burlesque Classes Shows Events Sheffield Yorkshire  

Lara is an established, qualified, and respected Dance & Fitness Teacher, Personal Trainer, Performer, & Choreographer, with an excellent reputation in her field of business since 1991.
Regarding Fitness/Personal Training - Lara has many years of experience, study, and training with regards rehabilitation from sports injuries, day to day accidents, illness, etc., and often has client referrals sent by/from GP's/Physiotherapists/Chiropractors, etc.
Fitness/rehab programs/classes are tailored to suit each individual, and always within the client's physical capabilities/limitations. (Read Testimonials)
All classes are suitable for beginners.
Lara also has an extensive background in pre and post-natal health and fitness.
Please contact Lara if you wish to discuss starting an exercise plan, and are unsure due to your limitations.
Private Tuition also available

Lara Gothique ("Hells Belle") has recently been voted into the Top 5 "Best British Burlesque Performer" category by The Burlesque Awards, and The Velvet Burlesque show troupe won the award for "Best British Burlesque Troupe" 2016.

There is no need to book, however please arrive 10/15mins early for your first session, so that Lara can register you into your class, and have a chat with you before class starts.

Yoga & Pilates-based classes: Please wear something comfortable, and stretchy. Layers are best as you get warmer during the class, and as we cool-down towards the end of the session. Bare feet or socks are preferable to footwear.

Burlesque & Cabaret Dance classes: Please wear something comfortable, and stretchy - sportswear is perfect! Layers are best as you get warmer during the class, and as we cool-down towards the end of the session.
      Please also wear comfortable shoes, such as dance-shoes, low-mid heel boots/shoes, ballet flats, etc. - socks or bare feet, otherwise.
      If you wish to wait until we start a new routine/new choreography, please contact Lara to check a start date.

Chapeltown (Burncross) Community Centre
Orchard Court
Burncross Rd
Chapeltown
Sheffield
S35 1SH
(Driveway opposite "Icon Hair & Beauty Salon" - Burncross Rd., Chapeltown.)
 Directions


Monday:

6pm - 7pm:  Yoga & Pilates-based Strength & Stretch Workout  
A beginners - intermediate - advanced Yoga & Pilates-based workout. Aimed to improve posture, strength, flexibility, stamina & balance, and help calm and focus the mind.
Mixed session
Price: £5.00
Mats provided
Beginners welcome, and I can accommodate for pregnant ladies within this class too.
This class is also suitable for rehabilitaion from injury/illness.

7.15pm - 8.15pm: Power-Stretch - Yoga & Pilates-based Strength & Stretch Workout
A more lively session, set to faster paced music than our other Yoga & Pilates-based classes. Aimed to further improve strength, flexibility and stamina in a physically demanding yet fun class.
Mixed session
Price: £5.00
Mats provided
* Please note: Beginners are welcome, however this Power-Stretch class is not suitable for ladies who are pregnant, or for anyone with very restrictive injuries or illness. Please contact Lara in advance if you wish to join this class to discuss suitability if you are unsure.

8:30pm - 9:30pm:  Men's Burlesque, Cabaret & Show Dance
     No experience necessary - this class is ideal for beginners/newcomers onwards, and is a varied mix of beginner routines through to intermediate & advanced choreography.
New members are welcome! Please contact Lara if you are interested in joining this class.
Price: £7:50  
Age: 18+


Thursday:  

6.30pm - 7.30pm: Yoga & Pilates-based Strength & Stretch Workout
A beginners - intermediate - advanced Yoga & Pilates-based workout. Aimed to improve posture, strength, flexibility, stamina & balance, and help calm and focus the mind.
Mixed session
Price: £5.00
Mats provided
Beginners welcome, and I can accommodate for pregnant ladies within this class too.
This class is also suitable for rehabilitaion from injury/illness.

8pm - 10pm: Burlesque and Cabaret Dance (Ladies only)
Please see our Burlesque & Cabaret Dance classes page for full info
Price: £10.00
     Age: 18+


Friday:  * Please contact Lara in advance if you wish to attend this class.

8pm - 10pm: Burlesque and Cabaret Dance - Show Troupe/Regular members only
Please see our Burlesque & Cabaret Dance classes page for full info
Price: £10.00  
 Age: 18+

All classes ongoing weekly - listings updated 18th September 2017


 

Testimonials:

I have had a broken bone in my spine now for 15+ years and have been attending the Pilates class for over 7 years.
When I begun I had very limited movement and flexibility, now I am achieving movements I didn't think were possible.
Lara is not an instructor, she's a teacher. She sets a relaxed atmosphere and a welcoming environment that suits all ages and abilities. She has tailored a routine for my needs and regularly shows me how to develop moves to ensure I improve.
Unlike other classes I have experienced, Lara has taken the time to understand my condition and ability.
She has taught me how to strengthen and improve flexibility. Also she has shown me moves that help deal with my pain. She has taught me skills that I can use throughout my life to cope with my condition.
Looking back I can't believe howmuch progress I have made and how simple Lara has made it. I can only thank Lara for all her guidance and support over the past few years.
It is a wonderful,fun and friendly class that accepts all abilities.
- Kate Stringer
(Yoga & Pilates/Illness and post-injury rehab sessions)


"Having been to numerous Chiropracters, Physiotherapists, etc., and having spent an absolute fortune on both, I wish I had known you years earlier!
Your care and tuition has made such a difference in my daily life, and I now have far more mobility and strength than I ever dared hope for my future.
Thankyou from the bottom of my heart for all your help and time. You truly are a wonderful teacher!"
- Maureen Hind
(Yoga & Pilates/Illness and post-injury rehab sessions)


I have attended numerous fitness classes over the years, but have never found anyone so in touch with her clients needs than Lara! Her knowledge of injuries or illness is phenomenal, and she remembers each and every problem that a client has in her class(es). Never before have I found a fitness teacher who will take so much care and time within each class, and what is also very pleasing is that Lara remembers all her pupils by name rather than just "pound signs coming through the door" - a personal touch!
I cannot recommend Lara`s classes enough!
- Pauline Cox
(Yoga & Pilates/Illness and post-injury rehab sessions)


I was a bit nervous about showing up on my own at first but everyone was really friendly and they make sure everyone is included. We have a chat between dances and you can choose to chat later on the face book page too. Itís been a great way to get to know new people.
I think people who know me well are surprised when they find out I do burlesque but thatís because they donít really understand what itís about.  Spearmint Rhino it is not, but it is sexy, funny and very liberating.
I had to have some serious surgery whilst pregnant which left me with a beautiful baby but also some horrendous scarring. Burlesque has definitely improved my body confidence and helped me to feel attractive again.
This might sound a bit tight but in these times a good night out with the girls for £10 is pretty hard to beat.
 Itís good exercise. You do what you can do and Lara is really good if anyone has any health issues etc in advising what to do and what to avoid.  Itís amazing what new muscles can be found by burlesque and a few goes at the can-can will provide a fairly good workout for most people!

All life is here,
Older, younger, fatter, thinner,
Taller, shorter, daughter, mother,
Grandma, doctor, teacher, housewife,
Cleaner, shop assistant, nurse, dancer and
"Never done it before in my lifeĒ.
Everyone belongs and has a fantastic time.
- Jane P.
(Burlesque & Cabaret Dance)


Just got back from Burlesque class at Hype Studios taught by Lara Gothique / Hells Belle  from The Velvet Burlesque. Was absolutely brilliant fun, and when you get the slow walk and click going you feel damn hot!! would recommend it to anyone!! :)
- Felicity Hoy
(Burlesque & Cabaret Dance)


I have been attending Burlesque/Cabaret classes in Chapeltown Sheffield for a few years now, when I first came I was nervous about my ability to learn the moves and dancing in front of others & looking silly! I needn't have worried, the classes are a real buzz, learning either by being 'thrown in' and muddling through or by having dance steps broken down. Either way its fantastic fun, I have developed not only my abilities to dance, but I have made some lovely friends with the gorgeous and supportive ladies that attend class with me -we are all shapes, ages & sizes too!  We like to call Thursday class 'Thursday therapy' when we laugh a lot !!!!
The dance tutor Lara has years of experience, is very creative and makes class brilliant for everyone there. I started off as a scared learner and am now preparing to perform for a second time in the Troupe, attending two classes per week! My self esteem has been given a real boost!
I would definitely recommend anyone to join us and as a bonus I have also lost more weight that I ever have due to the exercise also, that can't be bad can it?
Thanks Lara & the ladies of The Velvet Burlesque. -
- Gill Chappell
(Burlesque & Cabaret Dance)