This dress was purchased in the name of burlesque.
Let me explain.
The Cheek of It! School of Burlesque and Cabaret have been a client of mine for a while now, and I felt that I couldn’t really talk about how amazing the courses are for increased self confidence without actually taking part in one. So here I am, on the Showtime course, and it is terrifying!
It’s our third class on Monday (tomorrow), the one where we get to grips with striptease, so I needed a dress which I can open at the front. I’m also quite choosy about the materials I wear; basically, cotton or nothing. One quick trip to Primark later, and I found this dress – which I didn’t even try on until I got home and found it fit perfectly, and flatters, and even the boob pockets (something I usually avoid) are great thanks to the bow detailing.
I also picked up some new undies (any excuse, right? Although, showing them off to a room full of ladies is a pretty good one, I think!) and a pair of elbow length satin gloves from John Lewis.
In our second week lesson, we had to bring in a prop and a track and do a mini performance of about five moves. Thanks to my hectic schedule (I usually work every day), I had to make mine up in my head as I listed to Doin’ Time over and over and over again. I took in my bowler hat, and I thought I had a reasonable routine worked out, but when it came to it, I went into some kind of trance and my body just took over!
It was a bit difficult not to start pulling my usual shapes, but I went through the basic burlesque moves – the wiggle, the grind and the bump. It’s a tragic truth that, thanks to my ballroom dancing background (it’s true!) and years of drubstepdrumandbass dancing, I can’t shimmy. When I move my shoulders, my boobs just don’t wobble. My boyfriend has tried to teach me, my bellydancing friend has tried to teach me, Lady Cheek herself has tried to teach me, and still, I look like a confused robot with a balance malfunction. If we weren’t doing a group performance, I think I would try out robot burlesque!
I will report back about whether I feel any more confident in my body after tomorrow!