Nicci Lou

Writer; copywriter; editor

Burlesque 'an opinion based on ignorance is not valid'

Burlesque 'an opinion based on ignorance is not valid'

‘Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but, if you want to truly understand burlesque, then go to a number of different types of shows and even try a workshop. An opinion based on ignorance is not valid.’ Dawn Gracie

I have limited experience in the world of Burlesque. I found myself at Erotica about ten years ago where I watched Dita Von Tesse navigate getting into a cocktail glass semi clad. I had been to strip joints and exited feeling dirty and left Thai bars with art work drawn by a moist, large felt tip pen. But this was different. This wasn’t sex this was power. The whole event was pretty enlightening and must have lingered in my imagination. Turned off by usual hen frivolities I requested, of my sister, a day of burlesque workshops and a night of drag prior to my wedding. But, that too was 8 years and a divorce ago. It was time to dust off the heels and fish out the pasties (that’s nipple tassels to you and I).

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The first step, before launching my post baby body at a workshop, was to see a show and back in December I was in for a pre-festive treat. Dawn Gracie was hosting one of her regular ‘Starlet’s Burlesque Show’ cabaret nights at the Southern Pavilion on Worthing pier. I had walked round the wind-swept pier before, but had never entered the Southern Pavilion: bought by Phil Duckett in 2014. It had been sympathetically transformed into an art deco masterpiece, that is now accessible to stare at in awe during the daytime, alongside its hosting entertainment in the evening. **

Inside and under beautiful lighting giving the room an orange glow I had the choice of a black seat or a white one, which led to my asking myself whether I had been naughty or nice that year. I settled on the black one of course! …. read more.. 

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What is Burlesque? An anecdotal defintion

What is Burlesque? An anecdotal defintion