Monday, October 18, 2010

now where is that feather boa?

I mentioned in a prior post that in a moment of insanity I had signed up for a six week burlesque class. Sometimes I have a tendency to start things and not finish them so I wasn't sure how much to post about the class until I was sure I was going to actually go through with it. Well, I've been to three classes so far and there are only six total so I think I'm safely ensconced into the world of beginner hip rolls and shimmies.

However, let me just say that I kind of suck at this burlesque thing. As in, no coordination, no memory of steps after class so I can at least practice, no concept of timing, etc. Horrible I tell you. After the first class I couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry. I just didn't seem to "get" it. A little slow on the hip roll uptake so to speak. Even setting foot into a dance studio was a huge leap outside of my comfort zone. I played basketball in high school, which takes coordination for sure but I would have probably been better suited for dance if I'd been a cheerleader or one of those flag/baton chicks in band. But I was super proud of myself for showing up at all and vowed that I wouldn't quit, told myself that the first class would be the hardest, blah blah blah. All the shit you say when you're trying to convince yourself that you're not crazy for doing whatever it is.

After three classes I still suck, but I'm having more fun with it, that's for sure. I needed to loosen up, stop thinking so much, have FUN for fuck's sake. I'm getting there although I've refused to show anyone the routine we're working on until I feel more comfortable with it but I think I'll be at that point soon. Maybe. Don't hold your breath. Perhaps.

The routine is to "Whatever Lola Wants" which is a song I've always loved. It stays in my head for hours after class.

I'm not sure if I'll continue into the advanced classes or not. But I'm so glad I'm doing this and in my quest to check things off my bucket list and experience and try new things, this is a biggie. Now I'm off to practice my glove peels.




  1. that sounds so fun ! Who cares if you aren't great at it.. you weren't planning on a new career were you?

    Enjoy it.. sounds like a great night out!

  2. Hey, you're having fun with it, so who cares if you suck at it or not. Besides, I like a girl who sucks. Wait, what were we talking about? ;-)

  3. Bella, your so sexy, I have a serious e-crush on you.

  4. Love the song and always love your posts.

  5. First of all, I commend you for going outside your comfort zone to even try it! And as Hubman said, as long as you are having fun with it, that's what matters. I think it would be a ton of fun to do but really worry about my coordination....or lack there of. *sigh*

    LOVE the pics.


  6. Bella, I'm so proud of you and super glad that you are having fun. Love the gloves.

    Thanks for posting the Sarah Vaughn version of this is the BEST in my opinion.

  7. Sound as though you are doing great, wish i had the confidence to try something like that. Love your outfit by the way, the gloves are the perfect accessory to go with those beautiful breasts.

  8. Love love LOVE this song...

    I was just listening to her cover of "Dindi."