How much dance choreography is too much to add into a burlesque routine and how much is too little? I've heard burlesque dancers say "not too much dance choreography."

Formally trained dancers may have a tendency to think more about their choreography than their audience. In many rigidly choreographed dance routines, the dancer's focus is to the choreographer or to the other dancers; in burlesque, it is usually outward, to the audience. And often a trained dancer new to burlesque will merely dance, stop, and take off a piece of clothing instead of making the clothing removal playful, enticing, and innovative. It's not just what's revealed but the tease and play that leads up to the reveal that makes the costume removal worth watching.

A burlesque routine offers a unique opportunity to perform a striptease and/or combine glamour, mischief, and an arc. If the number doesn't take advantage of this, burlesque audiences might get restless and start texting during your number.

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Damiana Dolce said…
And then there's Michelle L'amour...
There is definitely an art to balancing the two and she's got it dialed.
marvelous blog. True, the burlesque performer may have training, but she knows how to keep the energy and excitement electric between herself and the audience. And therein lies the secret!
Just found you and I am a fan.
Come over and visit me.
shimarella said…
As a newbie burlesque performer coming to this from other dance genres, these are great words to keep in mind. Thank you!
shimarella said…
Thank you for this. I keep learning so much from you. I can definitely feel it as a trained dancer/performer coming into burlesque that I am still on the journey of finding that balance. I don't want to be a dancer who strips...I want to be a burlesque artist who can dance.

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