Burlesque dancing is now a popular form of activity and exercise that anyone can safely enjoy and experience. Its prevalence is largely due to the ongoing popularity of the burlesque culture. Women can copy the example given by Nicole Kidman in the sensational film 'Moulin Rouge' and Dita Von Teese's 'Queen of Burlesque' as they pose, stretch and shimmy leading to muscle workouts and body strengthening.
Burlesque dancing for Excercise
Dancing within the style is a very widely used form of exercise to burn calories and manage weight, improve fitness and give yoga-like flexibility by people of all ages and backgrounds. Some gyms and fitness centres regularly run burlesque dancing classes to help participants learn and burn off weight as they have fun. Learning how to gracefully strip off burlesque clothes and select the perfect walk like the exaggerated shimmy, a cheeky wiggle, or sliding glamorously are also important moves from the would-be performer.
The art of burlesque dancing in this style will adorn the partaker with some sexily mastered, seductive hip rolling and shimmies to give a much more glamorously led workout which not only increases self-confidence, but also helps with posture, techniques of breathing and overall deportment.
Attending a local class will get anyone started with confidence and give the opportunity to learn how to twirl, pose, tease and use props to best advantage. It’s possible to even learn how to enter into the character and to twirl tassels with artistic merit! Burlesque dancing is all about projecting an individual's sex appeal successfully and with sophistication, using carefully controlled body movements to directly influence mood. Most importantly it is about how the dancer is viewed by others, the audience, whilst performed with alluring and suggestive grace and pose.
Various techniques involved in burlesque dancing exist, such as removing items of clothing sexily and gracefully and the burlesque dancer may choose from two main forms of dancing, either being part of a group dance within the chorus section or more boldly tease within a solo based number.
Dancing within a burlesque manner which is convincing will mean using the strong art of seduction and positive, but subtle, body language such as winking, making gasps, flirtatious movements, smiling and gesturing. Using bigger movements as the body moves, focusing on the bottom being shown provocatively with graceful and carefully planned choreographed movements is key.
The use of appropriate 'stage props' like a luxurious fan, champagne glass or other object will help capture the attention of an audience whilst dancers elegantly perform using all the space available around themselves. Dressing to match the dance is also a very necessary and important part of the whole ensemble, without careful thought to mandatory attire of stockings, underwear, corset, gloves, make-up and hair, dancers will not be able to fully convey the beauty of burlesque.
Like slipping on the gloves for a dance, it is possible to adorn a provocative alter ego, enticing and delighting all those who watch. So, when engaging in a burlesque dance performers may find it helpful to first create a 'stage character', which can help them to become more involved and convincing within the dancing performance, almost as an actor would employ on stage or screen.