Darlings, we are so excited to share this amazing article written by 101 graduate Paige Rustles, sharing her transformative journey through Burlesque. Let this excerpt whet your whistle, and follow the links for the full article.

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When I’m onstage, I’m performing for no one but myself.

photo by Jason Standeger

How we see the world shapes who we choose to be — and sharing compelling experiences can frame the way we treat each other, for the better. This is a powerful perspective.

The spotlight is bright in my eyes as I mischievously grin out at the crowd of unrecognizable faces in the audience. As I begin to slip an arm out of my cardigan, they go wild with screams and clapping.

And in that moment I am healed.

When one thinks of various healing modalities, burlesque doesn’t likely make the list. But since I began performing nearly eight years ago, burlesque has been one of the most transformative influences on my life. It helped me overcome my history of disordered eating, gain a new love for my body, and grapple with the ups and downs of my physical disability.