Will you please tell me and my Curve Inspire readers your name, troupe or
city you work in, and facebook or web link?
My name is Dahlia Ste Cyr. I perform in Seattle, Washington. You can find
me at http://www.facebook.com/
How long have you been a burlesque dancer? What got you into the world of Burlesque?
I have been performing burlesque since August 2010. In July of 2009, I had proximal gastric bypass surgery. At the time, I
weighed approximately 230 pounds. I was unhappy with my body. I often wish
that I had discovered burlesque sooner, as I might have made peace with my
body without needing surgery. After surgery, I was exploring options for
exercise, and found the Bump and Grind Dance Class at Miss Indigo Blue’s
Academy of Burlesque in Seattle. I signed up for the classes and fell in
love with it.
After a few months of taking those classes, I decided to sign
up for the Burlesque 101 workshop. That was among the best decisions I have
ever made. Performing on stage gave me a sense of joy that I have rarely
felt. I love entertaining the audience, and know I am doing my small part
to give them an evening of enjoyable entertainment.
How did having curves affect you growing up?
Growing up, I always thought I was fat, even though I wasn’t. I was
constantly dieting, and trying to be a smaller size. About the only part of
my body I was ever able to love were my breasts. I am fortunate that I
still love them.
How did you accept you curves?
Learning to accept my curves has been an ongoing process. There are still
parts of my body that I don’t like, but being on stage has been a tremendous
help. I can now say that I love most parts of my body and that I am able to
accept the rest of them as they are.
How do your curves help you in your career?
Accepting my body as is has been a huge part of my performances. If I can
go up on stage and be okay with my body as it is, I provide an invitation
for other women to accept their bodies as they are. I truly believe that
all women are beautiful, regardless of size or shape. I am a strong
believer in the health-at-any-size movement. I think most women would be
happier if they embraced their curves and started celebrating their bodies.