Find out how burlesque dance classes can help your fitness
The promise The class is aimed at novices to show the basics of the art form and learn choreographed routines to music through the use of props.
Step by step We started with a quick warm-up and stretching. Mixing old-school glamour with modern pop, our routine was choreographed to Beyoncé’s rendition of ‘Fever’ by Peggy Lee. Burlesque often involves using various props such as a chair, barre or bathtub. But since we aren’t exactly up to the standards of The Pussycat Dolls, the chair was prop enough. The routines are broken down into sections and taught step by step, beginning with a slow walk with hair-tossing moments followed by an elaborate cross-legged pose and then clicking to the beat. The chosen track was ideal for burlesque as it could be performed slowly, which is particularly helpful for beginners.
The result After an hour of shimmying and shaking across the studio, we felt energetic and surprisingly less embarrassed. Overall the class isn’t too hard to master. As long as you go at your own pace, you can supplement acrobatic moves for posed walking.