Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Adventures in burlesque: Part 3 - Frome for one more
Getting home is going to be more 'fun'; there are no buses from Frome to Trow after 6:30pm, and while I could get the train it leaves an hour after class finishes – though given how far Frome station is out of town, at least I'll be able to get there in plenty of time. Better pack some easy 'train knitting' in my burly bag, I guess. I don't want to stop dancing as it's done wonders for my posture and confidence.
I should say a little more about confidence, as a feminist friend once told me she knew people found burlesque empowering, but couldn't understand why. We all deserve to feel good about our bodies. Bodies are amazing things. Going to class and seeing all those different bodies – younger, older, bodies that have given birth, bodies that run marathons, less flexible, more flexible, whatever – dancing and being happy and feeling beautiful is a wonderful thing. Seeing the beauty in a body that doesn't necessarily match up to the mass-media ideal enables me to find the beauty in my own, which definitely doesn't match up! That's a great gift that burlesque has given me. It might not be the same for everyone, but that's how I feel.
Anyway, Frome. There's more room in the place where classes are held, and the other ladies are all as lovely as the Bradford ones, so I really enjoyed my first class. (I was very excited to discover that Orla Board, a previous graduate from Dulcie Demure's School of Burlesque, was also an attendee. Besides having a brilliant stage name, she danced at last year's 'Queen of Neverminditsnamia' panto.) They're a little more advanced than we were in the Bradford group, but again I think that's a good thing as it's pushing me a bit harder. Also, it's really nice feeling all the things we've learned coming together in a proper routine. I'm still not convinced I'll ever manage my shimmies, and my hoochy-cooch needs serious work (there's a sentence I never thought I'd find myself typing...), but it's good to have something to aim for.
This week we were practicing a routine with a very 1960s feel, very go-go. It calls for fringed costumes, I feel. Mmm, glittery fringe... On which note, I'm still on the hunt for a 34GG/36G bullet bra (UK sizing). If anyone knows a retro lingerie range that goes that large, please let me know.