Skandal Anna performs during the Diva Doll Burlesque show Saturday (Aug. 17) at the Harewood Arms Pub.

Skandal Anna performs during the Diva Doll Burlesque show Saturday (Aug. 17) at the Harewood Arms Pub.

Skandal-ous performer

NANAIMO - Burlesque performing host show to raise money for the Child Development Centre.

Skandal Anna is overcome with anxiety every time she goes to perform, but once she’s on stage it melts away.

There is something about burlesque. It makes her happy. It empowers her.

Gabriola’s Skandal Anna is one of five performers that will make the stage sizzle during the Diva Dolls beer and burger burlesque show Saturday (Aug. 17) at the Harewood Arms Pub.

She’ll sing Welcome to Burlesque and do a performance to the song Whatever Lola Wants. She takes inspiration for her routine from classic burlesque acts and said her performances are more sultry than silly.

The event is a fundraiser for the Child Development Centre.

“Children are the most important thing for the future,” said Skandal Anna.

The fundraiser is being organized by Brandi Blaze, owner of Diva Doll Boutique. Blaze said she decided to create the event when she learned that the centre is hosting a telethon this September and needs to raise money for its programs.

Blaze will perform three numbers during the burlesque show.

She loves performing and said the experience has made her more confident about herself.

“It makes me feel good when I get to show women of all ages that you can be beautiful no matter what your age or your size,” said Blaze. “It’s a great art form.”

Blaze said burlesque has given her more confidence in herself.

“I used to be a very shy person,” she said.

The burlesque beer and burger show also features a silent auction and a 50/50 draw. All proceeds are being donated to the centre.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance from Diva Doll Boutique, located at 4 Commercial St., or at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.

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