Decorator’s brush with the burlesque

Teresa Andrews has realised a dream to learn burlesque dancing thanks to the Never Too Late feature

Teresa Andrews has realised a dream to learn burlesque dancing thanks to the Never Too Late feature on Mustard TV's The Mustard Show. The feature is in conjunction with the Hostry Festival and has been sponsored by Tingdene. Photo: Mustard TV. - Credit: Archant

She is more used to wearing overalls and working as a painter and decorator, but tonight Mustard TV viewers will be able to watch Teresa Andrews get all glammed up and fulfil her dream of becoming a burlesque dancer on a Norwich stage.

Teresa Andrews has realised a dream to learn burlesque dancing thanks to the Never Too Late feature

Teresa Andrews has realised a dream to learn burlesque dancing thanks to the Never Too Late feature on Mustard TV's The Mustard Show. The feature is in conjunction with the Hostry Festival and has been sponsored by Tingdene. Photo: Mustard TV. - Credit: Archant

The 64-year-old is the latest person to take part in The Mustard Show's Never Too Late feature, which is all about showing it is never too late for older people to have a go at something they have always wanted to do.

'Being a painter and decorator in a man's world, I was never allowed to be very feminine. I always used to have my hair tied back and a pair of overalls on,' said the mother-of-six from Sporle.

'I used to watch burlesque and I used to think 'those women are really sexy and lovely'.

'I thought I would have loved to have been like one of them, and then I got to this age and I thought to myself, I can do what I like now. If I make a fool out of myself, I make a fool out of myself; at least I tried.'

Teresa Andrews has realised a dream to learn burlesque dancing thanks to the Never Too Late feature

Teresa Andrews has realised a dream to learn burlesque dancing thanks to the Never Too Late feature on Mustard TV's The Mustard Show. The feature is in conjunction with the Hostry Festival and has been sponsored by Tingdene. Photo: Mustard TV. - Credit: Archant


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Viewers will see Teresa have a lesson with Norwich-based Cerise Burlesque at Black Belt Academy before she performs her routine on stage at Open Youth Venue.

Ahead of her big moment in the spotlight, she said: 'You worry about the routine, the music, if you are in time or out of time.

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'You worry because you are a bit fatter and you worry because you have got wrinkles, but then you think to yourself, no I'm not worried I'm a bit fatter, I have got wrinkles, because I am not 21. I am an older person, I have earned my wrinkles.'

She is keen to share her inspiring attitude towards getting older on the show.

'I call myself a 'seenager' and I live life to the full... you have got to make the most of what you have got now.'

Never Too Late is being run in conjunction with the Hostry Festival and sponsored by Tingdene.

Previously The Mustard Show viewers have seen 81-year-old Jean Campling, from Tasburgh, go abseiling, and 58-year-old Hilary Stevens, from Sheringham, drive a racing car.

Never Too Late will feature on The Mustard Show on Mustard TV tonight at 6.30pm. The six-part feature series is aired every Wednesday on The Mustard Show.

In October the six Never Too Late participants will also feature in a live event at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry as part of the Hostry Festival.

For more information about the Hostry Festival, visit www.hostryfestival.org

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