*DISCLAIMER: This post might be considered SCANDALOUS to some viewers. If so, I’m sorry!
Recently, my husband and I watched this movie and….boy, were we we blown away! It was pretty darn good!
I don’t know whether it was the amazing costumes, singing, hot actors and actresses..or just the feel-good aspect of it, but I loved it all! Naturally, I started researching everything burlesque and just couldn’t stop..literally, I think I’ve found a new addiction.
“What is burlesque?” you might ask. Well, it refers to:
The word derives from the Italian burlesco, which itself derives from the Italian burla – a joke, ridicule or mockery. (from Oxford Dictionary)
The neo-burlesque era that became popular in the 1860’s (American burlesque) involved dancing, singing, and strip-tease (although back then it wasn’t taken to the extreme it’s taken to now).
Their costuming normally included things like corsets, feathers, diamonds, pearls, high heels, long gloves and tassles. Today, most burlesque performances are based on the simple concept of women in sexy lingerie/clothing. Watch video below.
Probably one of the most famous Burlesque dancers of all time is Lili St. Cyr (1918-1999). She danced during the 1940s and 50s in such acts like “The Wolf Woman”, “Afternoon of a Faun”, “The Ballet Dancer”, “In a Persian Harem”, “The Chinese Virgin” and “Suicide.”
Here’s a video of Lili St. Cyr of her in her dressing room. She receives a gift from a fan and HAS to try it on. She was well-known for her blond beauty and gorgeous blue eyes. It really is crazy how this used to be considered EXOTIC dancing in those times. Man..what has our world come to! This is SO MUCH BETTER!
Now, Dita Von Teese (1972) is probably considered one of the most famous contemporary burlesque dancers of our time. The video below is a little video of a performance called “Absinthe dance.” Watch until 2:30 if you don’t want to see boobies.
She is known for her sensual style, beauty, and her burlesque inspired wardrobe that she wears on and offstage.
The Pussycat Dolls also started off as a Burlesque performance group, but then they turned all pop on us. However, they do manage to somewhat keep the burlesque inspired clothing.
Anyhow, I know I went a little crazy on this post. I know this because I really should be writing lesson plans right now, but instead I’m losing myself to researching this stuff. I feel like exotic dancing has taken a negative turn in our culture today. Sometimes you have to look back and understand the roots of where it comes from to appreciate it. Same thing goes for all types of dance. Even in Tahitian dance, it has evolved over time and a lot of moves/choreography are considered scandalous, sexy, or too sensual. In many ways, I agree, but everything naturally evolves over time. So, why did I post this on “Marriage and Family” day? Well, I figured this might give all women some inspiration on treating your boyfriend/husband/etc. to a little striptease. *Remember back in the day, they left 2-3 pieces of clothing on and that was considered sexy! So don’t worry, you don’t have to take it to any extremes, but you can just have fun with it! P.S. I highly recommend watching Burlesque with Christina Aguilera and Cher and “McSteamy!”