Photography by Luke Brennan

A festive burlesque show at the city’s Pryzm club started the Christmas period off right this week.

Burlesque is a provocative dance style which has been around since the 17th Century with the sole purpose of entertaining. It derived from pantomime but rather than have a purely comedic value, it also added the promiscuity aspect.

A group of young women called the ‘Nottingham Trent Tigerlillies’ performed a Burlesque showcase on Saturday 7th December called ‘How the Grinch stole our clothes’. The show involved 13 well-rehearsed dances for which the Tigerlillies had been practising to induce ideas of female empowerment.

The dances ranged from Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’ number to Christina Aguilera’s ‘Candyman’, right the way through to belly dance and drag acts. Each performance evoked a wave of self-assurance and confidence that all women (and men of course) should be proud of their bodies.

A personal favourite was the ‘Santa Baby’ dance which opened the show. It was a brilliant opener as it brought the element of Christmas, with laughs at the comedic ‘naughty’ points and was also a big crowd pleaser.

Next time a show is on, be sure to book your tickets and be immersed in a full on, feel-good night out. Well done Tigerlillies!