Where do I begin?

March 3, 2008

Saturday morning I packed up a little green suitcase with a contents that made it the most fun thing I have ever had the experience of packing. It contained:

  • A white shirt
  • A red polka dot skirt
  • Red peep-toe heels
  • A red and white dotty head-scarf
  • A faux fur stole
  • A red paper parasol
  • Long black gloves
  • A bustle
  • A bra
  • Suspenders
  • Stockings
  • A red feathered corset
  • A red lipstick
  • Black eye-liner
  • Nipple tassels

Yes ladies and gents, I was packing for a weekend of fun at the BWI‘s (Burlesque Women’s Institute, for those of you not in the know) Ultimate Burlesque Workshop in London; hosted by the fabulous Ruby Rose and the infectiously energetic Venuss Envy. And I cannot begin to describe the amazing time I had there. Though having said that… let me give it a go!

I joined the BWI’s fab forum last Summer (a very lovely place to hang out, talk about hair, make-up, burly-q and more) and having heard how much fun the workshops had been, I put my name down for their first London workshop of 2008. And boy am I glad that I did! It was like coming home to be honest, a course that seemed to cover all of my favourite things!

On day one we looked at different styles of dance with Venuss Envy; having worked as a professional dancer she led us through a thorough warm-up (we ended up using muscles we never knew we had!), and we got to grips with the can-can. I don’t think I will ever forget the fun we had running round with our skirts hitched, screaming our heads off! We weren’t perhaps the greatest can-can dancers the world had ever seen, but by golly we were enthusiastic!

The afternoon saw us looking at characterisation, which luckily involved us all looking at clips from seemingly every single one of my favourite films! Can you imagine another course where you get to watch Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot for inspiration? I loved it!

On day two we started with hair and make-up (evil rail replacement buses made me an hour late!) – so I missed victory rolls and barrel curls and arrived just in time for head-scarves and quiffs. I feel like, combined with the make-up element, I learned so much about where I can take my own style and develop it further – make everything bigger! Was really inspiring, and I’m sure a lot of the girls came away with new ideas and tricks up their sleeves, just as I did. And absloute darling that Miss Ruby Rose is, she went through with me what I’d missed, later in the day, how’s that for dedication?!

To think that one day you can meet a room full of strangers, all dressed, all a little nervous, maybe even shy… then to reach that point on a Sunday afternoon where you’ll quite happily stand there half naked, tasseling away to each other with no-one so much as batting an eyelid, you can see the journey you’ve gone through, and where it’s taken you.

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My home-made tassels and pasties!

I think I’ve given you some insight into the wickedly wonderful things that we were getting up to… but as one girl said to me;

“What happens in class, stays in class!”

So if you want to see for yourself just what you’re missing, then do try and get along because you will have so much fun. Venuss and Ruby are so accomodating, and I could not have asked for better teachers. (Hence me putting my name down for the intermediate course before details are even published!) I met some really lovely people this weekend, and had such an amazing time. It has to be burlesque for me. Because I know now, there is nothing else that I could love this much!

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One Response to “Where do I begin?”

  1. Jaz Says:

    “…so I missed victory rolls and barrel curls and arrived just in time for head-scarves and quiffs.”

    Sounds like the best class ever!

    I’m glad you enjoyed it, can’t wait to hear more of your adventures!

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