At the beginning of this year, I started burlesque dance classes. I wanted some form of exercise that didn’t involve a treadmill or hours of torture on the cross trainer. I happened, by chance, to see a new class being advertised locally – burlesque! I was intrigued! I already loved the whole burlesque thing and owned a couple of corsets but I had never thought of dancing. I’m not a dancer, I never have been…but I signed up for the taster session anyway.
It was fun!!! And although I was under no illusions that I looked like a professional dancer, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
Over the year, I’ve continued the classes, only having to miss one course because of my surgery. I hated not being there, I missed my weekly ‘fix’.
Just recently, I took a big step and attended a tassel twirling workshop. Yes, I got my breasties out! With tassels, obviously! After a two-hour intensive workshop, I am proud to say I can twirl ’em to the right, twirl ’em to the left AND twirl ’em in different directions at the same time!!! Amazing!!! Even more amazing for me as my surgery was breast surgery, the final operation after years and years of surgery. My boobs are, quite frankly, a MESS!! I felt quite apprehensive about ‘getting them out’ even if it was just with a bunch of women…but I needn’t have worried. The class was fun, relaxed and exhilarating all at the same time.
That weekend, I truly understood burlesque, I think.
I’ve now signed up to do a second class every week and in October I’m going to be performing in our first ever CABARET!!!!!!
My fellow ladies are all such lovely women and our tutor, Jem, is more than just our tutor….she’s the ‘leader’ of the wonderful burlesque community that she has created.
I still look ridiculous when I dance. My various problems mean I just can’t do some of the moves like others can. But, when I dance, in my head….I’m gorgeous.
And THAT’S what it’s all about.