One of the most common misconceptions about Burlesque – and there are still quite a few – is that it only celebrates a specific type of person: the slim-yet-curvy white woman straight out of a 1940’s cheesecake photo-shoot. While this nostalgic image does still have a place in burlesque, it is far from being the only type with a seat at the table.
In truth, Burlesque is a true example of a body positive industry, one that allows everyone, performers and audience members alike, a chance to appreciate their bodies in a safe, fun and sensual space. Have a look at the ways burlesque can help you embrace your body, no matter who you are.
Burlesque is a celebration of all body types
Burlesque shows aren’t about going to see just skinny dancers or just curvy dancers; it is about celebrating any and every body type. Have a look at some videos of burlesque and you’ll be struck by how varied the body types of the performers are. Whether you’re plus size or petit, curvy and chunky or skinny and slim, it is the performance that truly matters, not the size of the performer.
Burlesque is all about inclusivity
But it isn’t just about celebrating all the shapes and sizes women can come in, Burlesque is open to anyone, and is blind to specifics like gender, ethnicity or ability.
More and more men are embracing the world of burlesque and performing and exploring their own bodies, and there are disabled burlesque performers, helping to break down stigmas and show that all people are sexual creatures with bodies worth celebrating.
Burlesque celebrates people’s uniqueness
Burlesque is a safe space where you can pridefully explore whatever quirk or circumstance you feel makes you different Rather than being made to feel ashamed or outcast because of it. Whether it is a performer strutting their stuff on stage in their own wheelchair, or a dancer unashamedly embracing their love of all things denim. Burlesque is truly a safe space where you can let your creativity fly!
Burlesque teaches you to take pride in your own skin
Whether you are performing burlesque or watching a show, you won’t be able to help being sucked in to the confidence boosting world that burlesque creates. When watching someone with your body type perform sensually on stage, receiving the adulation of the audience, it helps give you confidence in your own body.
Burlesque empowers you to embrace your own sexuality
If you are looking to be more confident in your own body, then trying your hand at burlesque can be one of the best decisions you to make. Search through testimonials from people who have tried burlesque dancing themselves, and you will see that nearly all of them talk about having the same body positive feelings. The inclusivity and camaraderie of burlesque dancing make it the perfect activity to help you find what it is about yourself and your body that’s really worth celebrating.