Sapphira Belly Dance and Burlesque

Address: 111 Cecil Street South Melbourne VIC 3205
Phone: 0404 477 548

Tags: dance classes, dancing, burlesque, belly dance

Sapphira (Priscilla Tonkin) is a Melbournian burlesque showgirl, pianist, singer/songwriter, belly dancer and teacher with international acclaim.

The highlights of Sapphira’s performance career include appearing in the official Melbourne Fashion Festival video of Dita Von Teese’s ‘Von Follies’ fashion line, co-founding the Australian Burlesque Festival (now resigned), national TV coverage of her burlesque classes, legendary band Faithless using her song ‘Circles’ on a compilation, a Nuts TV episode on her scandalous London show — Shimmy Shake, performing at Ministry of Sound (UK), Pacha (UK), Rainbow Serpent Festival (AU), Burning Man Festival (USA), London Burlesque Festival and opening for legendary DJ Dimitri from Paris.

It was at the age of 5 Sapphira found her first love sitting at the keys of a piano, she wrote her first song at the age of 8 and won her first talent quest at 15. It was not until the age of 32 that she conquered her fear of ‘not being good enough’ and resigned from a 12 year corporate career in media sales to pursue her dream as a full time entertainer.

In 2012 she debuts her original songs combining burlesque with electronica and she runs Sapphira’s Showgirls — Burlesque Academy, a business based on principles of inspiration and love. Her team teaches women to embrace their sensuality, awaken their confidence and enjoy self-expression through dance, dress ups and, of course, glitter!

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