I’m Taking a Burlesque Class

I recently enrolled in a 4-week “Essential Burlesque Series” offered by The New York School of Burlesque, and yesterday was my first class. Yes, you actually read that correctly! One of my new coworkers asked if I was interested in taking the class with her. It only took me about 10 minutes to consider it until I said, “Oh, what the heck!? If I’m going to do it, I might as well do it now while I live in NYC.”

This is the part where I talk about how the class enables women to get in touch with their femininity and unleash their inner-most seductress. While that’s true, it’s also an empowering form of self-expression and creativity.

I’ve seen a couple of burlesque shows, one in Jim Thorpe and one at The Box, and I’m always in awe of the performances, the glam, the costumes, the personas. Not to mention the names. The ladies look like they’re having a blast on stage. The audience is always supportive and encouraging.

And those same sentiments were expressed in class. There were about 12 girls. A variety of ages, races, shapes and sizes. It was beautiful. I learned an entire routine in the span of the 2-hour class taught by the talented Darlinda Just Darlinda — the removing of long, silk gloves; flirting with a glittery, feathery boa; and the titillating tassel twirl. I mean, honestly! Never in a million years did I think I would be learning how to tassel twirl. Thanks, gravity!

My coworker and I basically took our work friendship to a whole new level. But it’s so much fun! Following class, we enjoyed brunch on the patio at B Bar & Grill. The food was decent but a bit overpriced. Paying for the ambiance, I guess. We elected to brand our Sundays in April “Burlesque & Brunch,” and I’m looking forward to the next three Sundays in April. What’s more exciting is each participant has the opportunity to perform a burlesque act in front of a live audience.

The timing to step out of my comfort zone and try something new couldn’t be more perfect as I round out year 27 and welcome in year 28. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go brainstorm my burlesque name.

*Image courtesy Dennis Burlingham via Flickr

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