“I don’t want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance.”
Name: – Betsy Rose
Birthday: – 1988
Country: – UK
City: – London
- Classical 60%
- Contemporary 40%
- Commercial 50%
- Technique 50%
- Flexibility 50%
- Strength 60%
- Creativity 100%
- Flare 90%
* Total of 150% between Classical, Contemporary and Commercial. Total of 350% across all other categories.
Featured Dancer – Betsy Rose
Miss Betsy Rose is one of London’s most prestigious Burlesque performers and a star on the International scene. Miss Rose has dazzled audiences far and wide, on every continent of the globe, with her mesmerizing and classic acts for almost a decade.
Not only has Betsy has graced the most glamorous of Burlesque stages, she has also starred in two West End runs of The Hurly Burly Show, appeared in feature films, most recently including The Muppets, music videos, film premieres, Television dramas and Television commercials. Alongside some of the worlds most elite corporate clients, which have included Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Cointreau and Paris Fashion week, Betsy has also entertained audience members which have included no less than the British Royal family, Italian Mafia and the Grande prix elite. Miss Rose is also an established model and been featured in French Vogue, Italian Playboy, ID and Harpers Bazaar to name but a few.
In 2014 Betsy was short listed as Best Burlesque in the London Cabaret Awards. Miss Betsy Rose was also featured in GQ Italia’s Best Burlesque Performers of 2015 as well as placing in the top 50 Burlesque figures in the world, and being voted number 5 in the UK by prestigious industry poll, 21st Century Burlesque.
1. At what age did you start dancing?
I took my very fist ballet lesson at the age of 3 and fell completely in love with everything about dance and its various genres from that moment. 24 years on and I’m still dancing and more in love than ever.
2. Where did you train professionally? If you did not have formal training how did you learn?
Ten years ago I was awarded a scholarship on the dance and musical theatre course at Masters Performing Arts College and eagerly embarked on three of the most incredibly fun years of my life. I made some of the best friends a gal could find, trained harder than I knew I ever could, and was exposed to amazing classes and opportunities. I’m a firm believer in getting out what you put in…but let me tell ya, it sure is easy to ‘put in’ when you’re in such a brilliant environment with so many inspiring, talented tutors and people around you.
3. What is your favourite thing about being a dancer?
Hardest question ever! There are a thousand favourite things…I think the ability to express yourself through movement and further more calling that your job- That’s a pretty special thing!
4. Who/what is your biggest inspiration/reason and why?
Being a burlesque dancer I am hugely inspired and influenced by stars of the bygone era- Gypsy Rose Lee, Lili St Cyr, Cyd Charise. They had elegance, style and charisma in abundance. Being a Burlesque performer of classic style, I have studied hours upon hours of old footage of such dancers – I think it is very important to remember where this art form started and to honor these incredible woman who came before us.
5. If you weren’t a dancer, what do you think you would be doing?
In all honesty there never really was a plan B? Performing and being on stage is the most natural feeling I know and I dread the day it ends. I’m pretty certain I will always be doing something creative though, styling and costume has always been a huge passion that I have woven into my dance career so perhaps that. I have always loved to paint too and the idea of being a crazy old artist lady is rather appealing…and throw in a few cats too!
6. Have you ever had a dance injury and how did you recover and prevent it from happening again?
Luckily, never! A trapped nerve here or there but nothing serious. Obviously we’re all very concious of the advantages and importance of warming up and cooling down which has always worked well for me…touch wood!
7. Is there is a piece of advice you wish you had when you were starting out?
I don’t think you can ever prepare yourself for what you experience when you’re thrown into the industry, fresh out of the lovely safe surroundings of your college. Personally, I found the thrill of it all quite brilliant…learning about the do’s and don’ts of castings and auditions, meeting and working with so many other talented dancers and creatives; You just need to be one big gigantic sponge. Take everything in and don’t forget a thing. Be open minded to every audition, job and person you meet.
8. Do you have an interesting story from being in a show or on tour?
Whilst I was a soloist/company member for “The WamBam Show” we took the show on tour to the Seychelles. Needless to say it was ridiculously warm and even the fully air conditioned theatre couldn’t save us from the humidity. Following a rather high energy 7 minute solo, I had a very quick- quick change into the next number, but not factoring in the heat combined with my over active sweat glands it became impossible for my merkin (yes, merkin – every showgirl’s best friend- just google it) to stay on! As the dresser’s frantically tried to find a solution, which included Martin our stage manager blowing and fanning my lady regions (this happened with complete sincerity and seriousness) the music started, I threw on the rest of my costume and ran on stage.
No less than a count of 8 in, the merkin was off and had dropped to the floor! DISASTER! All that covered my modesty now was a big velvet cloak which in a minute or so was choreographed to come off. I carried on with the choreography until I could find a point in the number to slink off stage again leaving the other dancers to finish the number without me. The crowd would have had a much grander reveal than they bargained for otherwise!
9. What is the most exciting dance job you have had so far?
I can still remember how exciting my very first job was, dancing as a feature nurse in a Head and Shoulders commercial – hardly the most challenging or exhilarating role, but my bright eyes and bushy tail were practically bursting at their newbie seams at the mere thought of being on set and behind the camera! Since that day, 6 or 7 years on, I have had so many more exciting jobs… most recently, only a couple of days ago I was dancing for Dolce and Gabbana, at a private party in Portofino, where I was carried on stage by 20 strapping sailor boys in a gold shell. Casual hey? Amongst my favourites though would be my time in The Hurly Burly Show, a Burlesque musical revue. Never have I laughed or had more fun on stage than in that show!
10. What is your dream dance job?
This really is an impossible question! I truly believe I am already living my dream, being able to perform on stage every night and travel the globe doing something I adore so passionately. I perform as Miss Betsy Rose in my own Burlesque shows in London and internationally, mainly throughout Europe and Australia. It really is one of the most incredible career paths I could have imagined, I hold complete creative control…acting as performer, choreographer, director and costumer. I don’t think it would be possible to narrow it down to one job that is yet to happen.