Have you ever been to a burlesque show? I would say no, but I went to a Winnipeg Burlesque show put on by Prairie Diva, which is a company by M Funk Dance Productions.
I always thought a burlesque show was something for adults-only and was about the hyper-sexualization of women. But it was anything but that. Yes, it was an 18+ show, but the women (and men) who danced on stage made me feel jealous that they got to dance on stage and look great. Everyone in the show looked amazing, and the choreography was on point.
Before the show began, the dancers mingled in the lobby of the Park Theatre. There, I got to meet some new and old faces. The environment was so welcoming that I wished I was participating in the show. I was in awe of how the performers were walking around the lobby in their dance attire with such confidence. Like, I’m used to walking around half-naked when I’m swimming laps at the pool, but this was just so much different, and I was kind of envious.
Once the show began, the performers would do their thing, and the audience would go wild for moments they enjoyed and loved (which was most of it honestly). It was a great experience and was surprised to see it end so quickly. After the show, I couldn’t help but feel like I needed to be apart of this enormous family of strong women.
First Day of Burlesque
Before I watched a show that would permanently change my life, I registered for a four-week burlesque dance class. It was the first day of a journey that would potentially turn me into an amateur dancer.
I was genuinely nervous about the first class. The only time I’ve ever taken a dance class was when I was in high school. I took it for two years as an elective, and I love every bit of it. I stopped because I wanted to be on the dance team, but I failed to get on. Rather than take dance as an elective again and try out for the dance team again, I decided that was enough for me.
Fast forward to the first day of classes at Prairie Diva, and I was nervous because of a few reasons.
- I am the least sexy person in the world and burlesque in my eyes was sexy.
- I am out of shape.
But, when I got to the class, I saw a few faces I recognized and was instantly comfortable about what was about to ensue.
We did a choreographed dance of Ariana Grande’s, Santa Tell Me, which left me craving more dance moves. It was fun with smooth dance moves. My favourite part was shaking my butt and strutting across the floor.
Why I Want to Keep Dancing
I’ve never felt comfortable with moving my body in a certain way, especially when I see what it looks like in the mirror, but being in this class made me feel sexy.
When I went to the first class, I was nervous about dancing around people. I couldn’t help but wonder if I was going to look weird or not amongst these other ladies. Was I dancing “sexy” enough? Did my face look weird? After we did a warmup strutting across the floor, I was beginning to feel a little more comfortable. I knew after the first dance that this was going to be something I would continue to do.
For the next couple of weeks, I was beginning to feel more confident in my dancing ability. I can’t tell you enough how much I wanted to be in the next showcase. After I had seen a performance, I have this urge to perform and have fun being with a group of strong women. I was even able to drag my sister to the final class!
I’ve started many different activities, including rock climbing, cycling, and Muay Thai, to name a few, that I barely did for more than a year. After this first class, I want to continue this burlesque journey and see where it takes me.