Sophia St. Villier is a burlesque siren, burlesque performance teacher and producer. Since debuting in London in 2008, Sophia has entertained the crème de la crème of audiences throughout Europe. Sophia’s performances are a spellbinding mix of her exquisite bespoke costumes, decadent burlesque props, sultry movements and ribald sense of humour. Performance highlights include touring with the Let’s Burlesque show in Germany, performing her ethereal Fairy Queen act at Hampton Court Palace, performance residencies in Switzerland and Italy, and performing at lavish and fantastical private events, such for HBO’s launch of Boardwalk Empire. Her favourite place to perform is in a traditional Spiegeltent.
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 prestigious school Hurtwood House fan dancing for their production of Chicago and women to tassel twirl for an advertisement (that was too racy to run!) for Vodafone.
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 Blackest Noir a comic burlesque show.
After a decade of performing around Europe, Sophia has returned to her home country of New Zealand, bringing the wonder down under!