I firmly believe in the benefits of the art form of Burlesque, for both audience members and performers alike. I firmly believe that if you have ANY interest in performing burlesque then you CAN and SHOULD! I have personally experienced the journey myself, from being the shy, self-doubting, quiet, terrified person, constantly second-guessing herself, trying to fit in. I’ve been the person who saw burlesque performers on stage, looking so confident and empowered and free. I’ve been the person who wanted to be just like them, but gave myself a million reasons why I absolutely COULD NOT! I discovered how to unleash my inner Vixen, both on the professional stage and on into my everyday life and I am 100% committed to helping others experience those same personal, and professional breakthroughs, no matter what barriers are currently stopping them.
I hold a BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Arts – training which not only covered various performance techniques including physical theatre, dance, comedy and solo performance, but also covered ‘Technical Theatre Creation’ – how to use props, costume, lighting, music, even magic illusions to make your performance theatrically spectacular. After graduation, I began performing burlesque professionally in London in 2006 and continued to Los Angeles in 2012, with appearances in Las Vegas, Paris, Sydney, Canberra and beyond. I created my teaching curriculum “Secrets of Burlesque” in 2014 yet am still, constantly performing and creating my own new acts, adding to my own skill set and making new performance discoveries (and self-discoveries) every day.
If you’re looking for a dance and fitness class this is not what I teach. I facilitate the ability to explore, play, create, and to gain the tools, the technique and mindset to allow you to express yourself, celebrate yourself, with confidence and magnetic charisma whether you’re walking out onto the burlesque stage or out of your own front door.
I have a personal investment in you achieving YOUR goals whatever they are. This not a plug and play, paint by numbers style of training. Together we will create the type of act YOU want, for the purposes that make you want to perform.
Find out more at www.VixenDeVille.com and on instagram at @VixenDeVille
I love seeing the transformation of my clients from dipping their toe hesitantly into the world of burlesque to fully celebrating themselves on the professional stage. I find it so fulfilling and heartwarming to see people go from self-doubt, self-consciousness and hestation, to fully believing in and loving themselves unapologetically.
So much fun! Cat is so good and helping you find your inter burlesque persona. Lots of laughs with an amazing result. She does it all....you learn everything you need to know about burlesque...how to create an Act, make a Costume, and even perform! I highly recommend signing up for a life changing experience!
Cat is truly a genius teacher who took me from no experience to doing a performance in a real show in LA in 8 weeks with such warmth, grace and fun . She has broken down the art of burlesque into principles that anyone can apply, yet she guides you to express your unique fabulousness so that every performer and act stands out. She is truly channeling the burlesque muses! One of the best things I've ever done for myself.
What an amazing experience burlesque with Cat is! Walking into her intro class you are treated with smiles and warmth. At the beginning you may feel self-conscious. As the class continues Cat helps you to peel away any negativity allowing you to free your inner vixen. I know I am not alone when I say that by the end of class, I didn't change, I simply became more the me that I am meant to be. Bravo to Cat. I HIGHLY recommend any and all of her classes.
Cat LaCohie, aka Vixen De Ville is an amazing instructor. I went from terrified, broken-hearted mess of a mid-life crisis to Scandal Navia, burlesque performer in a few months! Cat's snarky sense of humor adds to the fun you are certain to have in her class. Her warm encouragement, and total body positivity will have you feeling like a Queen from the first class. I still go to her every time I need to hone a new act. She's amazing not only at instruction, encouragement and choreography, she excels at solving problems, working out costume issues, knowing where to get or make literally anything, and fine-tuning all your bits - both sensual and comedic. Whether you've never set foot onstage, or are a seasoned pro, you can benefit immensely from working with Cat. She is fantastic!