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Tips to Start Out in Tease and Burlesque

I have been emailed from year dot wanting help on how to get started. So I have collated all the questions I could find and decided a few pointers will help: When choosing your name, check what is already out there. Check what is common. You have the internet so no one should have to
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My Fat Story

When first asked to take part in this documentary, I was approached to teach Katie Hopkins body acceptance via burlesque. The thought of teaching someone burlesque is something I love, but when it turned out to be Katie Hopkins, even I was apprehensive. The more I learnt about the project the more I knew it
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Promo Images

Promo images are the photographs you send to promoters and clients along with your CV to entice them to book you. Promoters tend to use them on the show posters, so you need to be aware of what rights you have on the images. Generally speaking you will have promotional rights only: the images can
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Let Me Give Some Advice

I have been in this burlesque world for many a year now. Not wishing to date myself I will say I am sure I will be eligible for some sort of pensioner card at some point. HA! In my years performing I often find a fledgling performer (I hate the term ‘newbie’) coming for advice.
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Body Confidence is Not Burlesque

Burlesque seems to go hand in hand with body confidence but I find it doesnt always sits well with me. Exposing oneself in a class is very hard to do, let alone removing clothes to literally expose yourself. I love the confidence it can give people but sometimes I think it makes people more insecure.
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So I went to class

This week I did something I guess you could call somewhat naughty. It was not intended to be underhanded but I can see how it can be viewed as such. A wonderful friend of mine came to me to ask if I would go to a dance class near her home. Without too much investigation
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Choreography

The backbone to any routine be that burlesque or not, isn’t actually sequins or costuming. It is your back bone. Well more specifically the movements you make with that skeleton of yours. The wrong step, a missed moment or a limp leg can sometimes stick out more than a Hannibal Lector in a vegan cafe
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Social Media – Who Is You?!

The world is nuts for social media. Even this site is optimized for social media. The buttons at the end of the article is for you to share on your own social profiles as you see fit. Why are they there? because not only do I want my hard work shared but also social media
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Contracts – You Know What You Want When

How many of us book those last minute gigs and the idea of sending a contract before hand just seems too much hassle? Or how many of us actually chase for the signed copy  (that can be electronically signed too)? Or how many of us actually use them? A contract is an agreement between yourself
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Moonlighting in the Limelight

For many years now, i have seen burlesque performers have to hide their burlesque careers away from their employers of their day jobs (‘vanilla’ life) as they worry about the impact it has on them. I used to be one of them. So many companies now are switching on to employees with secondary jobs, particularly
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