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 Sapphiraâ€™s performance career include appearing in the official Melbourne Fashion Festival video of Dita Von Teeseâ€™s â€˜Von Folliesâ€™ fashion line, co-founding the Australian Burlesque Festival (now resigned), national TV coverage of her burlesque classes, legendary band Faithless using her song â€˜Circlesâ€™ on a compilation, a Nuts TV episode on her scandalous London show â€” 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 â€˜not being good enoughâ€™ 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 Sapphiraâ€™s Showgirls â€” 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!