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VINTAGE glamour is coming to Lancaster in time for Valentines day with a host of show girls taking to the stage.

Lucy Spaven talks to burlesque enthusiast, Neil Kendall, about his ambition to bring the trend to his home town with a winter valentines ball.

Burlesque dancing has become an increasingly popular form of theatrical expression over the past few years.

Taking inspiration from iconic, onscreen seductresses and adding a touch of sophisticated kitsch humour, the art has received a strong following in London and Manchester and now the craze for all things retro is starting to spread.

Lancaster-born photographer and promotions manager Neil Kendall has been running burlesque events up and down the country and his recent Chester-based Halloween Ball even grabbed the attention of ITV with two of his acts appearing on Paul O’Grady Live.

See the Lancaster Guardian (28-01-11) for full story.