To give you some background information about me, Emma
Hone aka HeavenLee Velvet: I have been dancing since I was
6 years old, starting with ballet and tap on a Saturday morning
and eventually building up to dancing four days a week
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday evenings and most of
Saturday) covering ballet, tap, modern dance, stage, jazz,
gymnastics, gymnastic dance, choreography, fitness and
I started teaching when I was 12, first as an assistant teacher
in the baby ballet class and then eventually as a teacher of
ballet, tap, modern and stage of all ages from babies right up
to adult. I covered all disciplines as well as a limbering/keep-
By age 15, I was teaching at two different dancing schools;
one in the evenings and one at the weekend. I passed all
exams in tap, ballet, modern and stage from pre-primary up to
elementary level plus exams in the other disciplines and
studied at associate/teaching level. Unfortunately, due to
financial restraints, I couldn't afford to pay for my final
exams, so never became a fully qualified teacher.
At 18, I went to university and only danced/taught in the
holidays. Then after graduating at 22 I got a job and gave up
dancing to concentrate on my career.
I always missed it, so after I got married at 25 I joined the
local drama group The Binfield Bards and stepped into the role
of choreographer as well as actress. I enjoyed ten years with
this group and really enjoyed acting, especially when I had the
chance to take part in a musical or pantomime that involved
acting, singing and dancing.
I also became a member of the Nick James players, a musical
group who put on performances of Old Time Music Hall and
songs from the shows for charity and this allowed me once
again to combine singing and dancing with acting.
Plus I performed in a few shows with another local amdram
group called CADS (Cranbourne Amateur Dramatics Society).
However dancing has always been my passion, so I decided to
find an adult dance class. There were a few adult ballet and
tap classes around but they all seemed to be aimed at
beginners, so I decided to try something new and went to my
first Burlesque class. It was run by the Burlesque Academy of
Dance, led by a fantastic performer and teacher called
Miranda Lewellyn. I fell in love with the glamour and
sexiness of Burlesque and revelled in how feminine it made
I soon became a teacher for Miranda and a dancer in her
Hell's Belles dance troupe, regularly appearing in shows at the
Havana bar & restaurant in Windsor, Berkshire, and other
various venues in Surrey under the name Fleur Délice.
Although I loved being a Hell's Belle, the choreographer in me
wanted to be able to come up with my own routines and go in
my own direction. After looking into it further I soon realised
that there are very few opportunities to learn Burlesque in
Berkshire and so I created BURLEDANCE. I also wanted to
give women like me, who love to dance but have perhaps let
motherhood take over or have lost their confidence for
whatever reason, the chance to be a woman again and do
something for themselves that lets them be glamourous and
sexy, be comfortable and confident with their body and get fit
in a fun, feminine way.
I love performing and hope to share that passion with my