When I think of Cori Tillman, the subject of this week's 25 Things, I think of Barlesque. More specifically, I think of smacking my butt, and letting out a good, loud wooooooooooooo! when doing the lasso move above my head. Cori gets into what she's teaching, and encourages us to do the same. When she's at the front of the room, moves get a little saucier and everyone lets loose a little bit more than usual, and based on the list below, her fearlessness extends beyond the studio (see #6).
- I’ve been Lithing as long as I’ve lived in Philadelphia.
- I’ve been 100% vegan for the past three years.
- I love taking baths.
- I’m an only child.
- My husband and I live in a 106 year old barn.
- My best haircut was a mohawk-mullet dyed black (think Carol Brady with a short mohawk on top).
- I love everything Japanese (I always carry a Hello Kitty vinyl wallet).
- I love the ritual of drinking tea and always have a pot of loose leaf tea after dinner
- I have traveled to over 30 different countries, but only 3 in Europe (Sri Lanka is my favorite).
- If I’m sitting down, I’m probably knitting.
- I’m a certified scuba diver.
- I’ve been camping in the Amazon jungle.
- I was voted “Most Unique” in my high school yearbook.
- I listen to Howard Stern every time I’m in the car.
- I love wrapping presents (especially making bows from scratch).
- Top Chef is my favorite TV show, however, I’m super into Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire as well.
- I love all things vintage.
- I’m usually on an airplane at least twice a month.
- I’m obsessed with home decor and would love to be an interior designer.
- I love making veggie sushi rolls (avocado+arugula+asparagus=awesome) and often wonder why there aren’t female sushi chefs.
- I was once bitten on my arm by a poisonous spider, and it became so swollen that it looked like a tennis ball was under my skin (I still have a scar).
- I mostly listen to music on vinyl.
- I met my husband in New Orleans and we go there every year for Jazz Fest.
- My favorite kitchen appliance is my Omega Juicer.
- My favorite thing to eat in Philadelphia is the salted golden beet/smoked tofu/avocado plate at Vedge, however, the roasted Maitake mushroom with the celery root fitter takes a close second.
You make a very good point about female sushi chefs, Cori, so I decided to do a bit or research. From what I can find, the reason why there are virtually no female sushi chefs is because 'it's always been that way.' It's a popular belief among sushi chefs that women's hands are warmer than men's hands, therefore compromising the temperature of the fish while handling it. Others say that the perfume, makeup and lotion that women wear destroys the flavor of the fish. Some believe they simply don't have the stamina to stand behind a counter all day, nor the reflexes required for the precise knife skills used in making sushi. Another article suggests that Japanese women who want to become sushi chefs often leave Japan to do so successfully. Crazy right? Sounds like a great subject for a documentary. Thanks for expanding our minds as well as heping to tighten our bodies, Cori!
Image of Lithe Instructor, Cori Tillman, in Bali via Scott Tillman & image of Cori at the barre via Dom