Who Are You Is Teaching you?
Make sure your teacher has at least a 4 to 5 year experience of Burlesque Striptease Techniques.
Make sure your educator attends classes for continuous education.
A simple Google search pops up Yelp reviews of studios and instructors!
Ask Around! Word of mouth in often the best way to check out a class.
Drop in to a class just for basic fun! That will help you get that first impression with the educator and the material they will be teaching.
Jo "Boobs" Weldon CBS Morning - Burlesque Story
Miss Indigo Blue School Of Burlesque in Seattle showcases in the documentary
"A Wink and A Smile"
Burlesque history is easy to access on the world wide web. There are also movies devoted to it like Behind The Burly Q movie by Leslie Zemeckis that also has a book out now. Check out their website for the info http://www.behindtheburlyq.com/
The Burlesque Hall Of Fame is another good source of history. Located in Fremont Street in Las Vegas, they hold the annual competition for The Reining Queen of Burlesque. It are primarily an organization that prides itself on keeping burlesque history archived, alive and well. Becoming a member is easy and we highly recommend it!
What Are You Learning?
There is blogs, websites, books, documentaries, libraries full of burlesque information that some teachers have to supplement their students with for their classes.
Is There A DIFFERENCE?
The Body Beautiful Mentality
The acceptance of your body and it's movement is a unique victory and your instructor should be supportive and excited for this new body positive you. It's never an easy road to one's self acceptance but this art form welcomes you to expose yourself in more then one way to the world but more importantly to the discovery of you. Recently, Bella Sin, our Festival Director, went thru self discovery and she documented her journey in a touching blog.
Everything in burlesque can be applied in the every day style of life you have, from the walk to the talk. Trust us when we say it's as simple as remembering the few extra details in the morning or setting little reminders to yourself, like a post it note on your bathroom mirror that says, "You Look Beautiful Today" Yes, it's silly, but something you may not think of that will help you get the most out of burlesque!
The investment is quite a lot if you are becoming a performer. Your teacher is like a mama bird getting ready to let you go away from the nest and fly. Your classmates become your family and this glitter tribe will always be an experience that you will cherish having with your new found family.
Calculate your continuous education to your budget of the year. Not every one teaches the same way, so some may know more then others depending on the area they are located in. Burlesque is different all across the US! Think about attending festivals in particular. Trading skills and talking shop with other performers from all over the world could really change your view you can develop being in a small fish bowl. Think of it like an ocean of learning.