Sophia St. Villier, AKA ‘The Sultry Seductress of Striptease, is a burlesque siren, burlesque performance teacher and producer. Since debuting in London in 2008, Sophia has performed in over 800 shows, entertaining the crème de la crème of audiences throughout Europe, North America and New Zealand. Sophia’s performances are a spellbinding mix of her exquisite bespoke costumes, decadent props, sultry movements and ribald sense of humour. Sophia’s performance highlights include touring Germany in Let’s Burlesque, performing her ethereal Fairy Queen act at Hampton Court Palace, performance residencies in Switzerland and Italy, performing at lavish and fantastical private events such as Sky’s launch of Boardwalk Empire, and performing in cabaret shows in spiegeltents throughout the United Kingdom.
Sophia has modelled for Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, What Katie Did, Vivien of Holloway, Playful Promises and appeared in Thomas Knight’s 2016 Red Hot Girls Calendar.
Alongside her burlesque performances, Sophia is an esteemed burlesque movement teacher, teaching her ‘Every Woman is a Goddess’ and ‘Unleashing Your Inner Aphrodite’ workshops encouraging participants to embody their unique attributes more fully in a sensual, pleasurable playful manner. She has taught students at the prestigious school Hurtwood House fan dancing for their production of Chicago and women to tassel twirl for a Vodafone advertisement (that was too racy to run!).
Sophia produced the first international chapter of Naked Girls Reading in London from 2011–2015. With comedian and physical performance extraordinaire Abigail Collins, Sophia created and performed in the acclaimed Blackest Noir, a comic Film Noir burlesque show.
After a decade of performing around Europe, Sophia has returned to her home country of New Zealand, bringing the wonder down under!