Wednesday, October 14, 2015

modburlesque

"modburlesque": modburlesque is a form of burlesque in which the performer focuses more on choreography and modern dance as opposed to just strictly strip tease elements. It is heavy dance and choreography based in which costumes are not emphasized. Similar to gothic burlesque style of performance not traditional and considered an inversion of mainstream burlesque.


-a style of burlesque which is more suitable for me. Costumes are important yes, but the main focus should be choreography and entertainment.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

____burlesque is.....

Someone recently asked, "what is burlesque to me"? in all honesty, it is many things to me personally some good and some not so good like all things in life there are ups and downs to it. I always had an interest in burlesque mainly because at a young age we would frequently take trips to Las Vegas. I remember sneaking to watch the dancers perform and fell in love with everything then: the costumes, the dance routines, the music it was all so fascinating to me...and it still is.
  I also grew up having an appreciation for vintage style, fashion and make up so of course getting older and not dancing ballet as much figured why not try burlesque...I still get to enjoy dance but also incorporate my love for the vintage in it as well; what's there not to love, right?
 To me burlesque is a skill. It is a form of dance and a form of art. It is also more than fancy costumes or how glittery they are. I have seen burlesque performers with fabulous costumes but not great performers, I have also seen burlesque performers with simple costumes but their numbers were amazing and never seen anything like it.
 Skill, like I mentioned, it is a dance and I say this because it is being aware of movement of not just a costume but your body as well, how to move with the music and yes can have all of those things but if it isn't a presence it means nothing.
 Burlesque is also empowerment, encouraging other women not the name calling and body shame I have seen and experienced those things as well. It is finding beauty in the simplest things and enjoying those moments; it is not being afraid to ask or to learn, to make mistakes as well move on from them. It is the freedom to express yourself however you choose. It is art and to some it will endure others not so much; some will love your art and some people won't...that is life.
Even with all of that it is appreciating what an artist can bring onstage, and the same is with ballet. People will appreciate your talents and some just won't "get it".
 So maybe to an extent they are the same (roughly) just our perspective of it and how the artist chooses to make it. I don't simply want to make burlesque. I want to make art and sometimes it is taking risks. Am I afraid, yea sometimes but can't think of it that way.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

World Ballet Day

Today is World Ballet Day and I remember the very first time I saw ballet performed. I was 6 years old and my Mum took me to see Giselle; I had no idea what to expect but ever since then I fell in love with ballet and dance. I began taking lessons and even minored in dance while attending college until a car accident which happened very early my junior year. I still suffer from back, hip and shoulder issues from the accident but it hasn't deterred my love for ballet or dance in general.
  Slowly, I began to take ballet classes again and still am a ballet student. Being involved with BalletMet is one of the most amazing things and one I am very proud to be a part of. The fact have the ability to take classes with some of the most talented individuals is what helps an artist grow ( I feel).
  The same with burlesque it has its moments, yes but it can be such a positive artistic expression and in a way like ballet can have so many points of view all depending upon the artist or choreographer.  Many ask which do I consider myself more of I like to say artist because not strictly a burlesque performer nor ballet yet am a dancer...believe it or not, there are several burlesque performers with dance and or ballet backgrounds one of them Dita von Teese which is one of the many reasons I look up to her in the field of burlesque.
  For myself when performing, I really do love to incorporate ballet and modern dance into my numbers because that is who I am let's face it. I also like being unique and breaking artistic rules.
  So to all my fellow bunheads, and lovers of ballet keep dancing and as Pina Bausch once said, "dance, dance, otherwise we are all lost"

PS, this pointe shoe is from one of my favourite ballet dancers Courtney

The Liar

Since someone has made a point to relentlessly post on my blog about how I am lying about my experiences with Burlesque. Yes, I love performing and I will continue on with my projects but there are some things within the community that needs to change. People speak of empowering other women yet send these kinds of comments to other women that is not empowering.
  But at the same time it must be nice living in denial I suppose. This is the last time I am going to address these issues. I felt uncomfortable performing in that environment simple as that.
Mean who would?