Burlesque dancers take on six-hour charity session

Charity burlesque danceathon    L>R Matthew Haughn, Becci Barlow, Liam Flowers,  Donna, Chris Pope.
Charity burlesque danceathon L>R Matthew Haughn, Becci Barlow, Liam Flowers, Donna, Chris Pope.

A Doncaster burlesque troupe donned their feather boas and fishnets to take part in a marathon six-hour danceathon to raise cash for charity.

About 80 dancers channelled their inner divas to take part in the event to raise money for PotsUK.

Charity burlesque danceathon

Charity burlesque danceathon

Members of the Burlesque Chair Dance in Doncaster chose the charity in honour of fellow dancer Sara Brautigam, who has postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.

Sara said: “It went really well. I didn’t anticipate so many people would get involved. Most of the girls I’d never met before, so to think that they would do something like this for a charity that means so much to me is quite overwhelming.

“Words can’t express how grateful I am to everyone that took part.

“Everybody was exhausted by the end of it but everyone completed it, it was fantastic.”

Charity burlesque danceathon    L>R Netty Hardacre, Vicky Barlow Askern Instructor, Hayley Barlow

Charity burlesque danceathon L>R Netty Hardacre, Vicky Barlow Askern Instructor, Hayley Barlow

The syndrome, along with overlapping illness joint hypermobility syndrome and a heart condition, have resulted in the 21-year-old being classed as clinically dead 36 times in just a year.

The incurable condition is an abnormal response by the nervous system to being in a upright position.

When she stands up, Sara can experience rapid palpitations that regularly result in her heart stopping and her blood pressure plummeting to a level that doctors record as being clinically dead.

Due to her ongoing health Sara was unable to take part in the danceathon, but was there to cheer on her friends.

Money is still rolling in but it is hoped about £8,000 will be raised.

Stephen Marriot, general manager at the Danum Hotel Doncaster provided the ballroom to host the event, while comedian Reece Lightning opened the show.

Sara credited burlesque dancing with giving her a new lease of life after her diagnosis.

She said: “Burlesque chair dancing has given me a new lease of life, I’ve made so many friends and everyone is so friendly and welcoming,

“I thought it might be a bit cliquey but it isn’t. It’s really helped with me confidence and I’m a lot happier.

“I didn’t think I’d be able to do anything like this with my illness, but everyone looks out for me at the class, I’ve only passed out once since I started.

“I’m determined not to let this beat me – joining the group has given me a life back. It might kill me but at least I’d die happy,

“For me I’d rather live to the full than live longer and be wrapped up in cotton wool. It’s all about quality of life.”