I understand how limiting and detrimental the opinion we have of ourselves can be.
I was a prisoner to my weight, what others thought about me, and the illusion of body perfection.
Even as a professional dancer, at 30 pounds underweight, I still didn’t feel I was good enough, thin enough, the right shape or worthy of love and happiness.
After years of spiraling into unheathy addiction, self hatred, and depression, I saw a revealing burlesque show.
Revealing Burlesque Show
One day I was asked to help out with some choreography for a Burlesque show. I wasn’t sure what I was in for, so I went to the small black box theater and waited for the performance to begin.
With a sway of the big band, a sultry vixen sashayed onto the stage. She was luminous and sparking from head to toe in red feathers. She had a confidence about her, which screamed that she was going to perform for us, but she didn’t care what we thought about it.
She was probably a size 16.
She teasingly began to peel back her layers of clothes, and I began to sweat.
I was nervous for her, what would the audience think?
She was going to get naked, and they were going to SEE HER! I mean they were going to see her under bright lights and 10 feet from the stage. I began to pity and fear for the woman, anticipating the reaction she was about to get.
Let it GO!
About halfway through her routine, someone started to cheer. She smiled and coaxed the audience to cheer a little more. With every flip of her hip, her glove, her shimmy belt the roars grew louder and when she turned around in all her glory, face beaming standing nearly naked in a room full of strangers her joy was radiant.
It was tangible. I wanted what she had.
No Holding Back
When the music swelled, she shook all over. She let it all go. She wasn’t holding her breath; she wasn’t holding back. In other words, she wasn’t holding…….anything, and the audience could not have adored her more.
I sat there, elated, shocked, and pulsing with excitement. It was the first time I had ever seen a woman really loving her body, knowing exactly who she was while standing in her authentic-self, power, tummy, and all.
She was living, and that’s when I began my journey of healing and body positivity, self-love, self-care, and body acceptance.
Burlesque Dance Classes
In my burlesque classes, encourage ladies of all sizes and experience levels to celebrate their bodies and build confidence.
Through empowering and classic Burlesque choreography, you’ll learn to love every curve of your body.
These sexy and safe Cabaret style dance classes focus on building body positivity and confidence. You’ll get a workout without judgment too!
Come prepared to learn a routine in clothes and shoes that are easy to move in and bring a friend for more laughs and fun!
Go to my YouTube channel for more videos from my recent Burlesque classes, like the one below
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Burlesque classes take place at The SheHive in Ferndale, Michigan. I am a proud partner of this amazing community. A place to become and belong.
The SheHive exists to facilitate connection and growth for women seeking to live a life on the other side of should. They believe in the infinite possibility of women and their ability to make sustainable, positive changes – both internally and externally. And believe these changes are easiest discovered when in community with other brave and wise women.
Tickets are available in discounted series or single pricing through the SheHive website, or my Events page. You can purchase them here. The She Hive Event Calender
photos by Nicole LaDouceur-Janowicz
Are you looking for a perfect and unique bonding event for your Bachelorette or Birthday parties?
Brazenly Beautiful Burlesque offers classes for private events. Contact me for pricing information and get ready for some fun!