Student show to help BWP

Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP) is to benefit from a unique dance event organised by students from Nottingham Trent University (NTU).

The Trent Tigerlilies, NTU’s burlesque dance group, has organised its first ever inter-university Valentine’s show at Pryzm in Nottingham where they will perform alongside Leicester Vixens Burlesque Society from the University of Leicester, BCU Burlesque from Birmingham City University and Burlesque Society University of East Anglia.

Preparation for the Valentease show started back in summer 2017, with organising venues, contacting other universities, learning and rehearsing dances and marketing all part of the work.

Club President Sophie Franklinos said: “Organising shows is very time-consuming, but we love giving the girls a chance to showcase what they’ve learned. We have 40 of our own girls and 30 more from other universities involved and now just hope plenty of people come along.”

When the Tigerlilies decided to donate proceeds from the show to a good cause, social and wellbeing officers from the university did some research into Nottingham-based charities and identified three. Club members then voted for the one they felt was most appropriate and say that Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP) was by far the most popular choice.

Sarah Dagley, Business and Fundraising Manager for BWP says: “We were very surprised and delighted to hear from the group. It is positive to see that diverse groups recognise the work we do and that they want to support us. We thank everyone involved very much and hope it goes well.”

Commenting on the decision to donate to BWP, Sophie said: “The Trent Tigerlilies chose to support Broxtowe Women’s Project because it does excellent work for women right here in Nottingham.

“As a club, we know how important it is for women to support each other; the whole ethos of burlesque is to empower the individual, to help them learn to love and celebrate themselves. We also know that domestic violence is far more prevalent than most people realise, and that it can affect women of all ages and backgrounds.

“We hope that by supporting Broxtowe Women’s Project that we will spread the word about the great work they do and help raise awareness of domestic abuse, as well as empowering the people who dance with us to embrace their bodies and learn to love and appreciate their feminine energies.”

Tickets for Valentease, taking place at Pryzm, Nottingham NG1 3BB on Saturday, February 17 cost £6 online in advance until 16th February (includes free guestlist to the afterparty at the Students’ Union before 11pm) or £6 on the door (not including after-party entry). Doors open at 7pm, with the show commencing at 7:30pm. This event is 18+ only.