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By Jarrod• 7 Oct 2015
When was the last time you got dressed up to go out? I mean really dressed up - not just putting on your best and least holey jeans and t-shirt combo, but a suit and tie, or a ball gown, or even a tux? If you’re anything like me, then those occasions are few and far between; weddings, maybe, but even those seem to be increasingly casual affairs for those outside of the bridal party.
If you’ve been longing for an excuse to get yourself glammed up - while enjoying a night of eclectic and mind-bending entertainment - then the Burlesque Masquerade Ball might just be for you. Now in its sixth year, the ball promises music, comedy, aerial, trapeze and circus performance, multiple dance troupes, and more.
This time around, it’s in the stunning historic surrounds of Old St Paul’s Cathedral (which, given it’s often used for weddings, could very well be one of the last places you got all dressed up to go to). This grand old wooden building dates back to 1866, and makes for a really unique venue for the entertainment on offer.
The ball will be hosted by comedian Urzila Carlson, with an impressive lineup of performers curated by Wellington burlesque star Courtney L’amour - and although a lot of your time is likely to be spent watching and enjoying the show, the plentiful live music on offer will no doubt drag you in the direction of the dance floor before long.
So apart from your ball gown, or your suit, you should also definitely make sure you’re wearing your dancing shoes. Not to mention a mask - it is a Masquerade Ball, after all!
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