Thank you all for your sweet comments on my In a funk post. I appreciate it more than you know. Sometimes all it takes is a few encouraging words! Unfortunately I have been super sick all week so I haven’t been able to do much fitness-wise, but overall my attitude has definitely changed, and I think that is what is most important. Not only do I have an amazing family, friends and boyfriend to encourage me along the way, but I also have all my virtual blog friends! Heh. If somebody would have told me two years ago how much I would be lovin’ on all my virtual friends, I would have laughed in their face. But I digress…
This weekend my sweeti and I had the opportunity to go to a fabulous show–a burlesque show! If you don’t know much about burlesque, you really should learn. It’s a variety-type show that has been around for years and has quite an interesting history. The “strip-tease” burlesque popularized in the 1920s and 30s. The prohibition years put a bit of a clamp on the performances for awhile, but they flourished again in the 40s and 50s. Today, modern burlesque has emerged into many forms, but often includes cabaret, elaborate costumes, classy strip-tease and a little jest. Sarasota has our very own Black Diamond Burlesque Troop that does traveling and local shows.
The show was fantastic! One of my girlfriends from high school was in it and she did an amazing job. The costumes were full of glitter, feathers and sequins, and the girls took over the stage with grace, poise, and amazing stage presence. Not to mention confidence! I believe burlesque to be an artistic expression of sexuality, and independence. Some of the numbers were a little risque, but only enough to make a few men in the crowd blush.
We weren’t allowed to take pictures, so I snagged a few off their blog to give you an idea of what the show is all about. If you are ever in the area be sure to look them up and check it out! Modern burlesque troops are emerging all over, so you might just have something nearby.
My favorite part about the show was the confidence these women had, as they held their heads up high to strut their stuff in front of the crowd. Their bodies came in all different shapes and sizes, and they each had a distinct grace and beauty that was captivating.
The closest I’ve ever come to burlesque was posing for an artistic nude with a local well-know photographer. Albeit I wasn’t in front of a crowd, the experience was unforgettable. I believe I was 20 or 21 at the time, and the business I worked for leased an office next door to a local photography study. Of course I was nervous, hesitant and scared out of my mind going into it. Lucky for me I had known the photographer for years, and he always had a female assistant in the room to make things more relaxed and comfortable for models. I left that photo shoot a changed women. Especially once I saw the photos! They were very tastefully done, and touched up just enough to flatter the best lighting… I looked at the pictures and my jaw dropped as I began to finally understand the true beauty in the female body. In MY female body. My body that I have struggled with for so many years. Through an eating disorder, and distorted body image… we’ve had a love-hate relationship for a very long time. But looking at those pictures made me happy. And I’ll never forget them!
So rock on burlesque girls! You inspire ME, and so many others!
Here’s a cute video of one of the dancers that helped start the burlesque troop, and a little bit about what inspires her to do burlesque!