A friend and I went to the burlesque show and you could tell that everything those performers were doing onstage was what they wanted to do, and they did it in their own way. I went up to the door person and asked her, “How do I get into this? What do I do?” and she told me about the academy. By the following spring, I was in class.
It was a little scary to not know whether I was entertaining to audiences, but I also knew that I was going to do my best and my act was so fun that I was okay with it.
I always knew I was sort of androgynous—still a femme, but definitely more androgynous. Burlesque helped me pull that out. That’s part of my rockstar persona. Being allowed to bring that androgyny forward while still being feminine is really cool.
Burlesque helped me let go of the guilt over all the little things. I don’t pine over “sorry’s” anymore. I just tell myself not to do that again. Lesson learned, move on. I now look forward instead of hanging onto the past.
Before burlesque, I’d be jealous of people if they got to do cool things. Now I’m honestly, genuinely happy for people. I don’t know how a six-week course did that, but it did. (So thank you!)
You don’t have to perform after you go through the academy but you will transform, whether it’s a small shift or a full philosophical one like mine.
Going through the academy is a great life learning experience, regardless of whether you take the stage or not.
Anyone should do it at any age.
I don’t know of any other classes you can take that are this fun, and also this life-changing.