Show Me How You Burlesque

Every time I mention the word ‘Burlesque’ I’m waiting for people’s reaction. Why? Because I’m shocked how very few women know Burlesque. Now that I think about it, it might be true that more men know what Burlesque is, or what it represents 😉 It may look sexy to guys, but it demands a lot of effort, time and practice!

Last Sunday I took a dance class Burlesque style. This time it involved a chair, also known as the Burlesque chair dance style. There are different props that you can dance with, such as a boa and a hand-held fan. I definitely prefer the chair!

When I hear dance teachers explain Burlesque, they always refer to the movie ‘Burlesque’ (2010) with Christina Aguilera and Cher. But my fascination with chair dance goes way back. I watched movie scenes, like the famous scene in ‘Flashdance’ (1983), over and over again. The more update material is music videos. Jennifer Lopez imitated the Flashdance-scene in her ‘I’m Glad’ video. But the most recent pop act that spreads the Burlesque awareness is the Pussycat Dolls. The Pussycat Dolls is a burlesque act of origin. Through the videos ‘Don’t Cha’ and ‘Buttons’ they show the chair dance style. Burlesque is gaining more attention and fame nowadays. Dita Von Teese is a well-known Burlesque performer.

I do understand the example of the movie ‘Burlesque’ because for the most people it shows and confirms the common image of Burlesque: feminine, sexy, seductive and confident. For me, the performance of the song ‘Express’ shows the ultimate Burlesque chair dance style!


On The Line

Oh my god! I totally forgot about this movie…’On The Line’ (2001). The movie tells the story of the shy advertising employee Kevin Gibbons, played by *N Sync’s Lance Bass, who meets his dream girl Abbey (Emmanuelle Chriqui) on the “L” train in Chicago. The problem is, they didn’t exchange names or phone numbers and this results in an extensive search for this mystery girl. The film also stars Joey Fatone, another member of *N Sync. The official soundtrack, the song ‘On The Line’, is performed by Lance Bass and Joey Fatone of *N Sync, Mandy Moore, Christian Burns from BBMak, and True Vibe. The soundtrack furthermore contains songs by many great pop stars of the late ‘90’s and early ‘00’s such as Britney Spears, Jessica Folker, Robyn and Blaque.

What a coincidence! I have met a friend today and when we decided to meet I asked her if she would like me to bring a movie or series. So I went through my collection and found this romantic comedy. It is such a sweet story and so romantic. It’s almost too good to be true. But hey, you just have to keep the faith. I hope my story will have a happy ending as well!