FABIA CERRA AKA SIGNORINA FABIALOSA
by Sherif Awad
Burlesque Dancer, Author, Actress, Model. Writer
Her father was born in Calabria, as were his parents. Her late mother was from Birmingham, the UK. As for her grandmother from the mother’s side, she was born in Bombay, now Mumbai. Fabia Cerra never knew or met her father.
“My role models were Jennifer Beale stars of Flashdance and before here Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren”, says Cerra. “But it wasn't until a few years ago, I discovered that Merle Oberon aka Estelle Thompson, is a descendant from my late Indian grandmother. Freida is mentioned in my book...”.
Cerra used to compete in dance competitions around the world until she received five championships titles during the 1980s. “Dance and performance gave me freedom to Express, and to escape life”, she notes. “I didn't decide to become a professional artist, my mother was very pushy at these dance competitions, and wanted me to be famous. I went back to the Entertainment industry after I nursed my sick mother at home, she sadly passed away in 2001. So, now I am continuing to live my life in dance, acting, writing and expression…”.
Burlesque dancing started when Lydia Henderson was performing and her corset started to come undone. Then Bob Fosse opened, Gypsy was the most famous Burlesque Dancer of that era, and the rest has since evolved. In the UK, there is lap dancing clubs for men and women to enjoy watching women dance. Cabaret clubs in London's famous Soho are a wonderful night out to see so many Burlesque performers, some classic, some cheese cake or even very risqué. “Again, it's artistic and legal in the UK. Women can dance in an erotic way or funny way. They get to choose music, choreography and costumes”, explains Cerra who, at the moment, is studying acting in London to star in a short film next August. “ which I'm really excited about this film”, she says. I've also featured in music videos so I'm wanting to learn more about music video production.
Also, a survival…
“I had a nervous breakdown in 2003, after my mother died”, remembers Cerra. “I didn't cope very well, and felt extremely lonely. I was diagnosed bipolar by a Spanish physicist in hospital. I'd never heard of it before. Coping with bipolar is in my control, I take medication to keep me level and antidepressant s too. I see my GP when required and I also have a massage, get my nails done I just try my best to keep well. Having bipolar has symptoms of extreme highs and lows. If anyone feels their moods are like this then my advice is not to leave it too long. Seek help from your GP. Also, just because you have you are diagnosed with bipolar, depression, OCD, Anxiety or any other type of illness in the brain, this doesn't mean you’re mad but you just have a chemical imbalance”.
Read “In 2 Minds”, Fabia Cerra’s book on bipolar