'Sapphira' and 300 other showgirls suit up for world record attempt in Sir Richard Branson's name
PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 January 2020
An ambitious dancer and singer from Highbury is organising a 300-strong burlesque spectacular a week today - so she can attract the attention of Sir Richard Branson.
Priscilla Silcock is leading a world record attempt for the biggest ever burlesque dance event.
Mrs Silcock, stage name Sapphira, hopes taking the title will grab Sir Richard's attention and secure his advice on her pop career. She dreams of meeting Sir Richard for a discussion about how to launch her debut album, Mistress.
And she is well on her way to smashing the record of 100 dancers, set in 2011. Three hundred are expected at the Clapham Grand venue, in Clapham Junction.
She said: "I want him to hear about this record attempt. He supports business people, and those who are starting.
"Well, I'm starting. All I want is 10 minutes of his time - it would be invaluable."
It's not the first time Mrs Silcock, founder of the Sapphira's Showgirls dance academy, has reached out to Sir Richard.
In 2013, she released a music video, My Heart Belongs to Branson, pleading for help taking her class on tour to England from her home country of Australia. The stunt worked and Sir Richard's publicist gave the group discounted flights on his Virgin airline.
But now Mrs Silcock, who moved to London in 2014, is looking to go one step further as she pursues her ultimate dream of being a singer.
"I want advice from Sir Richard on the best strategy for releasing the album. Should I try and get on a label, or attempt to go viral with an internet video?"
Of the record attempt, she added: "There are people coming from all over England and people can still join in.
"We're going to rehearse a routine, so you don't have to be a trained dancer. All you need is some gloves, and to be prepared to look ridiculous."
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