Last night I went to the flat of one of the ladies who goes to the same class as me. As there was no class this week a few of us decided to get together for a practise. Along with myself, there was my daughter and one other lady. Age range, 29-50+.
Our practise session went well, it helps to go over some of the more difficult moves with others and we all felt quite pleased with ourselves.
In between practising, we chatted.
We all agreed that we have to be ‘selective’ with whom we share our burlesque. All of us know people who are a little bit ‘surprised’ that we do this dancing. Why is this?
Burlesque is associated with something rather seedy, it seems. Nice girls don’t do burlesque! However, our classes are full of lovely ladies! They are certainly not seedy or hookers!
Burlesque in its true form is art. Yes, the dances can be seductive and a bit naughty but there is nothing distasteful about Burlesque. It is glamorous and it is sexy. It isn’t degrading or shameful.
Our classes are fun, they are uplifting and they help women to feel good about themselves, in all sorts of ways. Many of the women who join the class have had terrible experiences and have low self-esteem or lack self-confidence. Burlesque empowers these women by helping them to make positive life changes through their new-found confidence. I, for one, have seen women blossom as the classes have progressed.
How is this seedy? Or something to hide?
Those people who find it distasteful either don’t know what burlesque is or they have very narrow views.
I, for one, am proud to be part of it and I know my class mates are too. We aren’t call girls, or strippers and we aren’t degrading women.
We are a group of women who love to dance.
Got a problem with that?