One of my favorite things about burlesque is that there aren’t a lot of rules. There are certain standards met, disrobing clothing is an obvious one, but how you get there is pretty much up to you. I’ve dabbled as a ’70’s fantasy sorceress, a 20’s starlet, and a gunslinger to name a few. The formula changes with each character, and I’ve seen some incredible performers flip the script on what you should and shouldn’t do on stage.
One rule I do keep though, is unabashed love for whatever you’re shaking.
We all have things we don’t like about ourselves, in the mirror, at the gym, in our favorite dress, whatever.
But if you get out on stage, on that first date, in that presentation, and you focus on your perceived flaw, it takes away from you being present, and it automatically makes a wall between you and the person you’re trying to connect to.
So if you’re jiggling your butt, make that, just for five seconds, you favorite body part. If you’re flashing a smile but don’t like your teeth, love that part of you while it’s happening. You can go back to feeling however it is that you feel about it later, but hopefully, you’ll feel a little fonder toward your body and yourself.
Yours in love and shimmy-shaking,