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Ruby Ruin's Retirement From Burlesque A Big Loss To Industry

Monday 21 May 2018


From New Zealand's


Ruby Ruin
South Canterbury burlesque dance teacher and
performer Ruby Ruin has been honoured for her
service to the industry.
(Image: Supplied)

Ruby Ruin's retirement from burlesque a big loss to industry

By Rachael Comer
May 20, 2018
© 2018 Stuff Limited

As Ruby Ruin left the stage and felt her feet cramping, her whole body aching, she knew something wasn't right.

The burlesque stage shows the 32-year-old had dedicated a large portion of her life to were now causing her such pain that behind closed curtains she couldn't stand without support. She had fibromyalgia​.

She says for the last few months it was sheer adrenalin that got her through even a five minute performance of the high energy, dance performances which involved glitz, glamour and lots of feathers.

Her performances were hurting her so much she would spend weeks after her shows tired and sore and that sent her to "a really low place", she said.

The South Canterbury-based performer, who has won numerous awards including Queen of the New Zealand Burlesque Festival 2013 and has travelled the world with her talents, has retired after almost a decade in the industry.  She performed her last dance at a show in Christchurch last weekend.


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