Tonight at our burlesque class we had someone videoing us to promote the classes. Everyone made a big effort to dress up and I thought we all looked fabulous! It was also a lot of fun, as usual, with long black gloves being flung around and general silliness, amongst the serious business of learning the dance. Pretty much how it is every week!
It is getting pretty exciting at class too – in just under six weeks we will be performing in our first ever ‘student showcase’ night. I love the classes so much I now attend two a week – so I’m learning two routines! Some of the ladies have also been on a residential weekend and they have another dance to perform and we have the strip club performing as well! Now, when I say ‘strip club’ please don’t jump to conclusions. I don’t go to these classes but they are all about feeling good about yourself, not getting your kit off (although that is obviously involved!). I asked some of the ladies to explain to me just what it is that goes on in these classes:
First of all, it’s about the tease. Apparently the clothes stay on for most of the time – the emphasis is on ‘hinting’ that they might come off. However, much more than this, it is about becoming confident in your own skin. One woman told me it is about facing your demons. The women explore the thoughts and feelings that hold them back and it is a journey of self discovery as much as anything.
Like I said, I don’t attend these classes but I can see how amazing they must be for the women who do.
So, anyway, we have our cabaret coming up…..imagine dancing on stage in your frillies?? No, neither could I before I joined the classes!!! I am not, and never have been a dancer. But, I’ll be up there, strutting my stuff, with a whole bunch of other women who probably feel exactly the same. And, we will be amazing because we have found our inner divas!
It just goes to prove how bloody wonderful Burlesque is……
(that’s not ME in the gloves, I hasten to add!!!!)