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My name is Renee Daze
, and I heart burlesque! This is my site dedicated to....you guessed it, Burlesque! I hope you love it as much as I do!!!!
Wikipedia defines Burlesque as a humorous theatrical entertainment involving parody and sometimes grotesque exaggeration. In 20th century America, the form became associated with a variety show in which striptease is the chief attraction.
Burlesque to me, is the ultimate celebration of a woman's body. Its about glitz, glamor and feeling sexy. It's about dressing up and making the most of your assets. It's about loving yourself and being confident in your own skin.
Burlesque never ceases to amaze me because it is so inventive, each performance I have been privileged to see is totally unique. The burlesque artist my take on a new personality be it a heroic superhero, a frustrated housewife, a seductive devil, or the magical Mary Poppins. The routine can be sweet and simple or involve amazing complex choreography and props like giant birdcages, areal hoops or fantastic feather fans. Burlesque may be dramatic and sensual, seductive and serious, or can also be humorous, involving comedy and satire.
One thing I love about burlesque, is everyone looks good doing it... Wether they are a veteran performer, a vivacious virgin, or the ladies in the classes I take, discovering they have what it takes to bump and grind. All shapes and sizes, from the skinny mini ladies, to the voluptuous curvy divas, I have even seen a "little person" peeling and revealing, and looking fabulous. Every nationality looks wonderful performing burlesque, and I love when they their cultures shine through. I just have to smile, whenever I am watching burlesque
I definitely love the costumes. They can sparkle with sequins crystals or glitter. They may be laden with lace. They may be luxurious velvet or soft silk. These may include dresses, corsets, stockings, shoes, boas, gloves, coats, uniforms, really, the possibilities are endless. Wether they are divinely decadent or surprisingly simple, I have never met a burlesque costume or a portion of one, I didn't wish I owned.
I love everything about this unique form of performance art. I love the costumes, the comedy, the drama, and the performers!! I love the energy and the inspiration. I love the inventiveness and originality of the shows. It is an absolutely amazing art form...
I would love to hear from you if you are are a burlesque performer, fire-eater, troupe, choreographer, teacher, milliner, photographer, costume designer, corset maker, tassel twirler, acrobat, tease, pin up model, burlesque venue, host, or just a fan. Please drop me an email and let me know a little about you. I would love to add your name and city state or country to my Burlesquequest or have you build a profile on my Burlesqueopedia. I am always searching for new and exciting shows to see, performers to meet, classes to take, and things to blog about. I am open to your ideas and suggestions, so, please share...