Burlesque...Think Vaudeville...Molin Rogue..The Can-Can...brightly colored boas and feathers that sway and swish with the dancer's movements.
Think pink corsets, red ruffled silk panties, black fishnets, garter belts and clicking heels...red lipstick and Hollywood hair and you've got a showgirl about to wow you with the best theatrical style exotic dance there is!
Hollywood has just produced a new film about this dance style. It is set to debut at Thanksgiving of this year (2010) starring Cher and Christina Aguilera.
The story line is about a small-town girl who travels to big Los Angeles to find herself in a neo-Burlesque club longing to be on stage with the rest of the showgirls.
The film will fill you in on why a girl would long for the chance to dance on stage in this 20th century American-style of entertainment!
The strip-tease used to be the main attraction in the 1890's. It started gaining its taboo status when used in Canada in gentlemen's clubs that had dancers use a costumed theme routine to entertain the patrons.
The strip tease moved to America in the 1970's and became more popular as women used poles in their dance routines as they removed their clothing.
Pole dancing can be used along with a striptease and erotic dance moves in creating the choreography for a show.
Pole dancing then became attached to this particular form of dancing and the taboo has since stuck with it...fortunately, pole dancing is becoming 'pole fitness' in many circles and as it becomes more mainstream as a fitness venue, it is more acceptable to learn how to pole dance!
There are many films that have been produced that are based on this pre-strip joint entertainment,including:
Hollywood Revels (1946)
The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)
One of the best burlesque workout dvd's that I have used and learned this style of dance from isBURLESQUE BEAT: SEXY FITNESS DANCE WORKOUT with Rodney James
...he also shows an incredible chair dance routine in this dvd, too.
Burlesque makes a great: