When you initially think of BurlyCon, you would probably imagine 300 women dancing around in pasties for days on end. Okay well, of course dancing was had but everybody was fully clothed, much like we were in our casual, yoga lounge wear… Ooookay, except not exactly for me of course. I’m sure you’d guessed right I turned something into a pre-conceived “cute outfit” to simply stretch in, but I was clothed like the rest of my burly sisters!
Actually, most of my time was spent taking lecture classes. Things I needed personally, since I don’t have these resources at home. Not anything catered to the burlesque business anyway! A lot of the lectures were reminiscent of college….I do have a bachelors degree in advertising, mind you. But hey, it’s been a while and as much as I love dancing, these classes were still of genuine interest. It was fun to sit down and really think about creating a brand, producing shows, and cultivating my artistic talents to offer a strong product. It’s amazing how our audience doesn’t really know how much we invest in this. Burlesque isn’t just a hobby for us. There is so much more to it.
In this burlesque world, there is no right or wrong way to this lifestyle. No cookie-cutter shape or size of one’s body, so with that in mind we find it liberating to celebrate and embrace what we have been given. It is a process for all, and we are constantly growing into our bodies and character each day. Finding what works–personally, to create that comfortable, perfect niche as we take on the stage each night. We live to entertain. We send out so much love through simply a flick of a glove to the soft blink of eyelashes. More importantly, the challenge is genuinely taking in that same love for ourselves. It was quite apparent that we BurlyCon attendees take burlesque seriously. As we should, so others can take US seriously! In attending this event this was the most rewarding lesson I’ve taken home with me…. You see, burlesque is not just the slow burn of a dancing striptease, nor even a comical skit. Burlesque is a token of appreciation for the human form & unique talents. It has become a practice of spirituality.