Rouge is in vogue

Rouge, the new burlesque club on Clifton Street in Blackpool, held its VIP opening night.'One of the girls performing on stage.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'7-12-11
Rouge, the new burlesque club on Clifton Street in Blackpool, held its VIP opening night.'One of the girls performing on stage. PIC BY ROB LOCK'7-12-11
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Two Blackpool women are putting the razzle dazzle back in Blackpool with a brand new burlesque club.

Rouge on Clifton Street, has been launched by friends and business partners Pauline Lai and Nicola Dumitru to “challenge the ‘boys only’ vibe present throughout Blackpool’s gentleman’s clubs and strip bars,” says Pauline.

They first had the idea of bringing burlesque to Blackpool around 10 years ago, but went their own separate ways before they could put their plans in action.

“Then 10 years later, we bumped into each other again and we still shared that dream,” said Pauline.

After unsuccessfully trying out their ideas with other clubs, they decided to go it alone and open their own venue.

“No one else wanted to know, so we looked everywhere for our own place,” says Pauline.

In the end they settled on the Clifton Street former Martin’s Bank premises, which had previously been operated by Robert Wynne, Lionel Vinyl and Betty Legs Diamond – amongst other people – right opposite Pauline’s Mandarin Restaurant business.

“Rouge means that no longer will burlesque in Blackpool be the sole haunt of seedy men and tacky shows,” said Pauline. “Blackpool is currently undergoing a renaissance which hasn’t been seen since the 1930s, so it’s the perfect time for Rouge to bring back quality, tasteful, adult entertainment.

“Plus, with new licensing laws for adult entertainment venues coming into force in the new year, it will be a brilliant opportunity for the industry to regain some credibility. Rouge is blazing a trail for seafront entertainment, not just in Blackpool, but throughout the North West.”

Says Nicky: “We are both locally based so will keep on investing in Blackpool and the businesses within the local area. We are inviting men and women to enjoy the beauty of burlesque and celebrate the female form.

“The club offers a stage show every 30 minutes performed by professional dancers, artistic pole dancing every 15 minutes, striptease and private dance too.” The shows vary from the French Can Can to pure burlesque in the style of Dita von Teese, she added.

Rouge will also offer the chance for women to strut their own stuff with the Virgin Burlesque night.

“Girls are more than welcome along to a lesson with our professional dancers and choreographer and learn their own routine then return in the evening and show off their new-found talent in front of family and friends,” says Nicky. “Who knows who could be the next Dita Von Teese?”

For more information visit www.rouge-online.co.uk or follow the venue on Facebook and Twitter.