Alyssa Hanley.
Alyssa Hanley. Contributed

Dancer performs at state heat

HER stage name is Miss Alyssa Kitt.

And the 21-year-old voluptuous beauty is turning heads as one of Queensland's top burlesque dancers.

But third best in the state is not enough for former Rocky girl Alyssa Hanley.

She will compete in the Queensland heat for the Miss Burlesque Australia competition on May 21.

But Alyssa doesn't just have a body to die for, she's also got the brains to impress any judge.

The University of Queensland journalism and history student said her love of dancing began while she was under the tutelage of Rockhampton veteran dance teacher Donna Murphy.

“I learnt ballet and I've done a lot of Rockhampton eisteddfods,” Alyssa said.

But her foray into the risque world of burlesque did not begin until she moved to Brisbane as a teenager.

“I received a cello and flute music scholarship in Brisbane,” Alyssa said.

“I went to my first class at 18 and I just jumped right into it.

“It was sensual and sexy. I was always the cheeky one of the group.”

And the queen of curves knows how to stand out on stage.

“What's different about me is I'm actually a size 16,” Alyssa said.

“I'm really proud of my body.”

Alyssa said although her first show was memorable for all the wrong reasons, she has big plans for her future.

“At my first show there were three big, fat men. And my mum,” she laughed. “But next year I'm hoping to go to the United States to perform.”

But before she heads overseas she hopes to bring burlesque to Rocky. “I'm keen to go to Rocky for classes and a show.”

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