Contemporary students of the ancient art of burlesque striptease say the saucy moves for them are all about "body positivity" and feeling comfortable in their skin as they bump, shimmy, and strut their stuff on stage.
A new burlesque show features the Coast's latest graduates and has taken on a country flavour.
Vermillion Rose, who runs Devonport's Devil's Burlesque Academy, is undertaking final rehearsals for a variety show held at the Launceston Workers' Club on April 10.
The Devil's Burlesque Academy meets on Thursday nights at the East Devonport Glee Club hall, where the recent intake of 15 students learned how to perform over eight weeks.
Ms Rose said she was looking for a suitable venue where she could present future Coastal shows.
"There's a student showcase every two months for those who want to do it," she said.
"This one has a country theme, plus we have a Johnny Cash tribute singer and two established Hobart burlesque dancers and comedy acts."
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Burlesque newcomer Claire Turfrey of Burnie said she took the classes to get out of her comfort zone and loved it.
"It's been good for my confidence," she said.
"I have met new friends and found a creative outlet."
Ms Rose said burlesque students she taught were a diverse group.
"Burlesque today is about being body positive in an inclusive and safe space for people to perform in," Ms Rose said.
"Burlesque is the art of striptease, but students may only remove a glove or scarf while solo performers will strip down to underwear and pasties.
"In burlesque, we don't judge; it's all about falling back in love with your body.
"As we get older, our bodies change, and through other issues, our bodies change, and people can sometimes fall out of love with their body.
I aim to get students to fall back in love with their bodies no matter what shape.- Vermillion Rose
Ms Rose rejected the suggestion burlesque was "sexist" or demeaning to women.
She said the women she taught did it for themselves.
She said men did burlesque, and there was also a drag version.
"It's for anybody of any age, and there are no barriers to burlesque," she said.
"Burlesque is about getting the confidence to break through any issues that may be holding you back.
"When you start performing, it releases a sense of freedom that's hard to describe.
"You get that freedom of 'I actually did this, and it wasn't that hard, and it can be really empowering.
"Audiences love seeing everybody on stage full of confidence loving what they're doing."
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