Sunday, January 29, 2012

How to Get Into Burlesque

Recently I had an old friend from waaay back in the day ask me how can she get into doing burlesque. In answer to her I decided to blog about it. The easiest way to start burlesque is to take a fun class from a sassy instructor. There are classes all over America in the large cities, you just have to google it.  In the class you will learn to bump and to grind you hips to the beat, how to sloooowly peel off an article of clothing, you'll learn how to find your stage persona. You will be guided week by week on how to create your first striptease, by an expert. This is what I did, my mentor and now friend is the amazing Bombshell Betty. Get some guts and sign up, you don't have to go up on stage if you don't want to, but going to class will bring you some excitement and fun. And in the end if you do want to get up on that stage you will be dazzling from what you learned in class.

I suggest you go to some burlesque shows in your area. During intermission or after the show ask a performer you enjoyed watching, where she learned her craft or if she is a teacher. Many performers are very friendly and happy to talk to you. Also, there are many forms of burlesque, so going to shows will help you get an idea of what style appeals to you. And on top of that, a lot of people don't fully understand what burlesque is..... all the better to go to a local show to see first hand what it's all about.

If you are in a town without a burlesque scene of its own, what's a girl to do? I say get out there and start it yourself. Youtube burlesque and watch and learn. Take some dance classes just to learn movement, and music. You can google different costumes ideas. And practice. practice, practice. Once you have an act, start going to venues that host variety shows, and bands, that's the kind of place where you will be performing. Another idea is to befriend bands, you could learn an act to one or two of their songs and when they book a venue, there you go. Be creative and don't give up. Just remember to ask about the level of nudity allowed, I don't know the laws so learn them yourself. I do know that where a place has a liquor license, you must not show nipples and something about butt crack not showing too much.....

Here are a few links to burlesque schools. The only one I can say is worth going to is Bombshell Bettys, but that's because I went to her class, and she is amazing at what she does. If you are in San Francisco area take the classes from her!

 These are just links I found thru google.

California Burlesque Classes;
San Francisco~ 1 .
                         3.    (workshops only)


San Diego~1.
                  2.San Diego Burlesque Classes & Paries by Mimi Le Meaux~

Orange County/ Temecula~
New York Burlesque Classes;
                  New York~
Portland, Oregon Burlesque Classes;
 Seattle, Washington Burlesque Classes;
Colorado Burlesque Classes;
               Fort Collins ~ 1.
               Denver~        1.
Columbus, Ohio Burlesque Classes~
London, England Burlesque Classes~

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Amazing, Drool Worthy Rhinestone Shoes

I have been a very busy bee these days. Doing what you may ask? I've been putting little rhinestones, one by one on shoes. Why am I doing this you may ask? To make AMAZING drool worthy rhinestone, incredibly sparkly shoes.

So I'm going to tell you how I did it. First you need rhinestines. On these shoes I'm using SS16 (thats the size) and the color is aurora borealis. This are a rainbow of colors, just like the real thing in the night sky. They are stunning. If you are going to take the time to make rhinestone shoes, invest in quality rhinestones. You don't have to get swaroski crystals, but please don't get plastic.

This is my bucket of rhinestones. I love to look at it. There are several thousand here. You'll need them.

Next, dump a few rhinestones into a shallow container. Here I put them in a lid. This is key to being able to dab at them.

 Things you'll need to make your life MUCH easier. Rubber eraser, this is what you'll use to pick up the stone.

Another tool you'll need is a narrow, thin paint brush.

 Stick some rubber eraser onto the blunt end of the paint brush.
 See how you dab the stone to pick it up? You want to pick up the shiny, curved, stone part. Not the flat black side.

 Next you paint on your glue. I use a glue called Gem-Tac. You can get it at arts- n-craft store (but wasn't able to find it at Michaels) and fabric store. After you get the glue on the shoe, you place to flat side onto the shoe. These should be placed as close as possible. I know one fabulous lady (Bombshell Betty) who even sprinkles glitter inbetween the stones! Whew! Thats a lot of work.

Don't worry about the glue, it dries clear.

Rhinestone close up!!

Here are the amazing shoes. The first show I wore them to, when I got off stage, I was bombarded by so many different women commenting about my shoes, how much they love them & want them & where I got them & how much they cost......and, and , and!

These babys dazzle on stage!

Dangerous Delilah