My gorgeous Foxy Burlesque student (and now friend), Alison Jeffries recently wrote the most lovely letter about me and her experiences as a Foxy Burlesque student and she asked me to share her comments with you. So, here goes:
I love the photo. I look so relaxed and totally enjoying myself, in the moment.
Laura commented on the photo I posted saying “Beautiful Lady” which was such an amazing compliment, but what I have been thinking about since was this…
Laura is the most wonderful teacher and lady. She absolutely sees the real beauty in all the ladies that she teaches, despite all the lumps, bumps, wrinkles and scars we carry.
She sees the true beauty and specialness in every single one of us. She is an inspiration and an amazing teacher.
Her enthusiasm and passion to bring the very best to a class and to make us all feel special, is simply wonderful.
I had not been to a class for quite some time, having been busy with other things for around 18 months and I had completely forgotten quite how absolutely inspiring uplifting and amazing dancing is and how being taught by Laura has brought me confidence and empowerment that I will cherish for ever.
Laura you are an inspiration to us all and for anyone wondering if they would not be able to dance because of nerves or confidence, I urge you to give it a go, you will not be dissapointed by how amazing it makes you feel.
Much love A xxx’
Well, I have to say I was rather speechless, when I read this (a rare thing!) and a little emotional. I was so touched by the fact that she had taken the time to say something so lovely, but also that she felt I helped make a real difference to the way she was feeling about herself.
I guess the thing is we all have our hang ups and the bits we don’t like about ourselves and sometimes it takes someone else to remind us just how beautiful and special we are. I am so pleased I got to be the person to remind Ali, as she really is a true lady. Beautiful inside and out.
Much love back Ali.
(First and third photographs by Terry Mendoza of Retro Photostudio)