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April O’Peel, 24, Lola Lockeheart, 22, Melody Mangler, 25, and Connie Lingus, 31, members of Screaming Chicken burlesque company, pose at their studio. The troupe is performing at the Taboo Naughty But Nice Sex Show, which starts today at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

If your New Year’s resolution is to get in shape but you’re bored with treadmills and spinning, you might want to give burlesque aerobics a try.

Melody Mangler, 25, teaches classes and workshops in her burlesque company’s East Vancouver studio.

She’s replaced dumbbells with feathered fans and boas, and yoga gear with sequined skirts.

"It’s really fun to play dress up," said Mangler, who is part of Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society, a burlesque variety troop made up of women from all backgrounds and professions, like nursing and engineering.

The troop is performing at the Taboo Naughty But Nice Sex Show, which runs today until Sunday at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Mangler said her classes combine fun, flirty and sexy vaudeville-inspired dancing with elaborate costumes, props and makeup.

"It’s almost like your secret, inner self coming out," said Mangler.

April O’Peel, 24, a server in Vancouver and member of Screaming Chicken, said not everyone takes their clothes off. "It’s sexy or goofy versions of point, tap, jazz, (even) belly dancing," said O’Peel.


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