Naughty but nice burlesque fundraiser planned

7:00am Wednesday 22nd February 2012

By Jonathan Redhead

A fundraiser is promising a night of “glitz, glamour and a little bit of naughtiness” in her latest efforts to help a cancer charity.

Claire Macina, who is organising a second 100-mile bike ride for 100 women in July, to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care, has now turned her sights to the world of burlesque and pole-dancing.

On Wednesday, February 29, she has organised a burlesque night with Laura Beadle, a professional aerialist who owns Pole Diamonds and runs pole fitness; zumba; burlesque, aerial fitness, and kettlebell classes in Ilkley, Leeds and Eastburn.

“Burlesque dance has recently regained popularity due to celebrities like Dita von Teese, the Pussycat Dolls and Christina Aguilera,” said Mrs Macina.

“Learn how to strut your stuff and unleash your inner diva.

“You will learn how to peel like a pro; pose like a pin-up, tease and tantalise, dance with a feather boa and lots more.”

The women-only event takes place from 8pm until late at Renaissance Nightclub, in Ilkley and costs £10 per ticket.

Meanwhile, Mrs Macina is also organising a launch night for the 100-mile bike ride, on Thursday, February 23, from 8pm at JD Cycles.

Each rider is asked to raise £100 each for the event which starts in Ilkley on Sunday, July 15, and heads through Otley, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Wetherby, Thorp Arch and York before arriving in Selby and then making the return journey.

The event was set up by Mrs Macina and her family to raise money for the hospice which cared for her mum, Sheila Morris, during a 14-year battle with cancer.

Mrs Morris died, aged 74, in August, and Mrs Macina wants to improve on last year’s final total of £21,000 to help provide more vital cash for the hospice.

For more details about the women-only 100-mile ride or the burlesque night, e-mail Claire Macina at C.Macina@leeds.ac.uk.

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