First time I’m fooled when it comes to spotting stockings!

July 24, 2016 under Style

Fiestival Calgary Burlesque DancersToday I went to a Latin American festival in Calgary. They had a cool burlesque booth there with really nice dancers walking around in weathers and fishnets. I went to check it out because they were offering a free trial class.

There was a really nice lady there handling sign ups for the mailing list and I chatted with her a little bit about burlesque. I told her that I work with stockings and mentioned to her that I am surprised she is not wearing any.

Well, guess what, she said she is! I looked closer and I was amazed, she had a perfectly matched shade of hosiery on her legs, probably ultra sheer. I really confused it with bare legs. This is seriously the first time it happens to me!

In case you are into burlesque and live in Calgary, here is the website of the organization – Burlesquercise. I am already seeing a bunch of workshops there that I’d like to attend.

P.S. This post is not sponsored in case you are wondering, I just really like Burlesque and have a lot of respect for women who pursue it as a career.

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X Burlesque Show in Las Vegas

August 4, 2014 under Travel

Jessica from Fantasy Stockings in Las Vegas

One of the shows that I really wanted to see in Las Vegas was X-Burlesque. I was really excited about it, so I put on some sexy stockings with a garter belt and a sparkly dress. As I was walking around, people thought I was part of the entertainment crew because of all the glitter.

It was a really nice production and all the dancers had amazing endurance to last through that entire show. There was a lovely scene with sheer stay up stockings when dancers were taking them off each other. Otherwise, they only had fishnet stockings throughout the show.

This show is a topless show, so it was made clear on the ticket and you actually had to initial it that you understand what you are about to see. I would appreciate if there would be more build up or more tease factor leading to the topless part. Somehow in my opinion they took off the tops too soon.

From a professional point of view I think that the dancers could move more uniformly, as they were not synchronized well at some points. If it would be up to me, I’d probably make a requirement for dancers not to have any tattoos. Let’s say, when I am thinking about sexuality, I really don’t want to get distracted by a childish “hello kitty” tattoo that one of the girls had.

Probably the part that I enjoyed the most was the pole dance and the scenes with the bathtub. I liked it overall, I think it’s a fun show to see for couples.

Gypsy Rose Lee

March 20, 2013 under Vintage

Gypsy Rose Lee - American burlesque dancer is reading backstage

…. A World Famous "Burlesque Stripper"

…. seen here with the Original "Laptop"!

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By David, USA

 

Ellen June Hovick was born in the US city of Seattle, Washington in 1911. Two years later her name was changed to Rose Louise Hovick, so that her new younger sister could have the name Ellen June… By the end of her career, Louise, as she was known to family and friends, had become a legendary strip-tease artist,  written two novels, a memoir which was the material for the Broadway hit "Gypsy – a Musical Fable", and a play which was released as the film "Doll Face" in 1946. She was featured in thirteen movies, and nine television shows, including her own San Francisco morning talk show in the 1960’s.

She was known as Louise to her closest, but fans across the USA knew her as Gypsy Rose Lee.

Gypsy Rose Lee burlesque dancer 6Gypsy Rose *rose* to stardom as a saucy burlesque stripper, a career highlighted by a four year stint at the famous New York City burlesque palace known as "Minsky’s".  Her strip shows were the cause of frequent police raids and arrests. Gypsy’s rise to national fame was driven by her quick wit – she was very clever, in fact smart, and always right there with a quick response to a remark from the audience… she would even make intellectual recitations as she stripped. Gypsy Rose got her on-stage "trademark" quite by accident – during a performance a snap broke and her entire dress fell to her feet – the audience loved it and she worked it into the act. Gypsy had a casual and relaxed style of stripping that contrasted with the more common mechanical style of stripping known as "herky jerky".

 

 

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Gypsy was politically active, and supported the Loyalists during the Civil War in Spain. Her frequent presence at meetings of the Communist United Front made her the subject of an investigation by the US House Committee on un-American activities.  She founded one of the first kennels in the US for breeding Chinese crested dogs.

 

Gypsy Rose Lee died of lung cancer in 1970, and she is buried in Inglewood Park, California.

 

“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing slowly…very slowly”

– Gypsy Rose Lee

 

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Las Vegas Strip Strip Hooray Burlesque Performance

August 12, 2012 under Vintage

This is a fun photo from Strip Strip Hooray in Las Vegas of a burlesque performer in a sexy corset, garter belt, and vintage looking stockings.

In this show the dancer playfully takes off everything except for nipple covers and her undies and jumps into this giant martini glass full of water, gracefully splashing around.  It caught my eye because it is not a common concept.

I would love to see such a beautiful show some day, but burlesque doesn’t seem to be big in Canada.  They may have independent performances from time to time in small community centres  but that’s about it.

I’d love to hear your opinion on burlesque.  Did you ever go to a show?  I love the concept of art and sexuality combined and I hope that this lovely tradition will not disappear.  Glad to see that Las Vegas is popularizing that style with this wonderful show.

Dita von Tease from Strip Strip Hooray in Las Vegas in stockings and lingerie

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