Burlesque is a style of performance that has been around since the late 17th century. It was particularly popular as a variety show from the 1860s to the 1940s in cabarets, clubs and theatres. Performances involve outrageous comedy and seductive striptease. The word 'burlesque' is derived from the Italian word 'burla' meaning a joke or mockery. Burlesque tends to do this by satirising or caricaturising more serious work with drama, dance and music.
There has been a resurgence in the popularity of the performance art in recent times. At the helm of the burlesque revival in Adelaide is Peaches 'n' Gin. Peaches 'n' Gin are Luna Eclipse and Sapphire Snow, an Adelaide based duo that operate a burlesque academy, produce popular variety shows and are available to perform at private functions. Their act features their signature style of burlesque, cabaret and vaudeville comedy with vintage jazz, sassy striptease and glamorous costumes.
The beauty of burlesque is that it worships women of all types, no matter what your age, your size or your shape. Burlesque embraces your uniqueness, encourages your special skills and enhances your self confidence.
Peaches 'n' Gin are offering a free beginners class for you to try burlesque. It is open to everyone, provided you are over the age of eighteen. No experience is necessary and it is ideal for those who are interested in signing up to their academy but not quite sure yet.
The class will be held on Monday January 7th, 2013 at 7.30pm. It will take place at Studio Menagerie at Fullarton. There is not much in the way of parking so it is best to arrive early and find a back street to park your car. You are encouraged to wear something you can move comfortably in. As for footwear, sneakers are appropriate but you can wear low heels if you prefer.
The free class will be very popular and places are limited. For this reason bookings are essential. You can secure your spot online.
Along with some history and information about burlesque and the organisers, the class itself is comprised of some basic movement exercises such as isolations and strutting across the room, which is harder than you may think. It may not be vigorous movement but with many attendees the studio becomes crowded and humid so it is a good idea to bring a bottle of water.
If you love the class and decide you want more, you can register for a five week beginners block of classes for $70. Once you have mastered the basics of burlesque, Peaches 'n' Gin also offer an intermediate class. If the spotlight is calling your name you can work your way up the ranks to the advanced performance group called the Peach Blossoms. Details of the classes and more information can be found on the Peaches 'n' Gin Burlesque website. There is also a Facebook page to keep you updated.
If you have always wanted to learn how to bump and grind, shimmy and strut in a corset and heels now is your chance with the Peaches 'n' Gin Burlesque Academy.
Let the words of Cher from the movie Burlesque inspire you to "show a little more, show a little less, add a little smoke, welcome to Burlesque".
I've done a couple of classes with peaches and gin and they were great, well worth a go! And I've seen lots of their shows, Luna and Sapphire are so good to watch, always smiling and having fun, and involving the audience.