“Burlesque: Women’s Expo” presented to rave reviews

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A unique women’s expo came to the Columbus Community Hall on Richmond St. with a goal of helping women in their daily lives.

“Burlesque: Women’s Expo” was presented Sunday with over 40 tickets sold. Organizer Justin Boswell presented the event along with his business partner Jaclyn Slaney. It was held Sunday afternoon with several vendors and raffles also on hand for the women-only event.

“The plans are just for empowering women and for them to come out of their comfort zone and do something that they’ve never done,” said Boswell.

Boswell added the hope was that the women would come away from the day more confident in themselves. He said the burlesque routine was developed four years ago and offered as a six-week program at the Catz Meow Dance Education Centre.

“We brought it back today,” said Boswell.

Noting he is a hairdresser, Boswell said he would hear women talk about their business needs and wants and the idea for the expo was hatched. He said many were excited about it but some women were nervous. He explained that the definition of burlesque that he and Slaney wanted to show was simply to build confidence and “own who you are.”

aclyn Slaney and Justin Boswell stand in the photo booth at Sunday’s burlesque expo at the Columbus Community Hall.

“I would love for it to be an annual thing,” he added. “This is just a test.”

Those who attended can find them on Facebook and search “Burlesque Women’s Expo” and leave their feedback on what they like and what they think should be added.

“We really hope people take a lot away from this event and use it to empower themselves in their daily lives,” added Slaney.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The House of Sophrosyne, an all women’s wellness centre in Windsor for those in crisis.

Boswell said the comments were positive after Sunday afternoon’s event.

“Feedback was raving, people were asking us to bring it back next year,” he said. “They didn’t know what to expect when they saw the word ‘burlesque’ and left feeling overjoyed and empowered. Our number one goal was to showcase burlesque in a positive way to inspire women and raise funds for The House of Sophrosyne and we were successful at both.”

Boswell said Monday afternoon that the event will return next year.

“We will be bringing it back bigger and better because of the feedback!” he said.

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