end of the 4 week series
May 23, 2010
Today was my last class in the 4 week Classic Moves/Essentials of Burlesque class through the New York School of Burlesque. This final class focused on chair dancing, stocking removal and glove removal. I don’t know if it was the class topics, my own skills becoming polished or the fact that I had debuted just this past Friday and felt more confident, but the class seemed extra fun this week and I felt like I was on fire!
We learned an easy to follow chair dance routine which made me realize how simple it would be to do a whole chair dance for a song. Man, I tell you with all the booty shaking, squats, kicks, leg lifts and slow dance moves, my thighs have never been more sore in my life! The part on gloves and stockings seemed to whiz right by and before I knew it, the class had come to an end. Jo was so nice and sweet saying she was sad to see the class go. I asked to take a class picture and then everybody started to leave. Although I doubt I will see some of those ladies again, it was a great experience and I learned some great basic moves and what I feel I excel at or may not want to include as part of my burlesque repertoire.
After the Essentials class was Jezebel’s choreography class which I am such a big fan of. This week we did a lot of fun activities which were to give us insight into our natural burlesque inclinations when it comes to our own moves. The different activities included strutting to a variety of music styles, a posing game, and learning simple grinds to get us from pose to pose. During the posing game, Jezebel watched us and then told us any overall moves/poses we gravitate towards. Ends up I really like to move and pop out my booty. Very appropriate for Anja Keister, don’t ya think?
Sadly I will be in Pennsylvania the next two weekends, so I won’t have any burlesque classes to attend. I’ll actually only be missing only one class though. The weekend of June 4-6th is the Miss Exotic World weekend in Las Vegas, and since most of the NY school of Burlesque teachers are there and participating, the school is pretty much shut down for the weekend. I think I’ll use these weekends to relax and focus on coming up and solidifying new routine ideas (although while I am in Philly for the one weekend, I might try to go catch the Peek-A-Boo Revue or some other philly burlesque).