Burlesque dancers The Pin-Ups to spice up Friday nights in Hull's Old Town
POUTING their blood-red lips and fluttering their eyelashes like Dita Von Teese – a new burlesque troupe are set to spice up Friday nights in Hull.
The Pin-Ups – an eight-girl dance group with killer curves and saucy moves – have been signed as the resident act taking centre stage at the Lizard Lounge nightclub.
The club, in the Old Town, is the only venue in the city to showcase burlesque and owner Karl Jeffery hopes it will help bring revellers back into the area.
The first performance by the Birmingham-based troupe takes place on Friday, November 2.
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Karl said: "There's a bit of a trend for drinkers to head to the Avenues at the moment and some seriously good establishments in the Old Town are not getting the customers they deserve.
"The area has a lot to offer. There are some fantastic bars and I'm hoping these girls will prove to be the magnet for drawing the crowds back."
The troupe is described as a "dazzling vintage cabaret entertainment act" inspired by the femme fatale era.
Kate Stallard, 21, takes on the role of Cindy Sails and said The Pin Ups have been entertaining for about two years.
She said: "We're flirty and suggestive but we also sing 1940s songs and have fun. We don't take our clothes off.
"It's not just about men enjoying our shows, burlesque is popular among women and it's empowering.
"We all take on the role of a different character, from a housewife to an air hostess, and it's great to be someone else for a night.
"All of us have full-time jobs. I work as a dance teacher and others work in retail, local radio and theatre.
"We're all looking forward to coming to Hull on Fridays. It's the end of our working week and we can let our hair down."
Karl revealed he searched the country for the sauciest and most glamorous troupe, before signing The Pin-Ups for Friday nights.
He said they will appeal to men and women, with audience participation for the more daring customers.
"Women can enjoy burlesque as much as men and they can even join in, if they want," he said.
"It will be laid-back, causal, and above all, fun.
"There will be some audience participation, some great tunes, and we're expecting it to be a massive hit.
"We've also got topless male waiters, just for a bit of extra appeal for the ladies."