SLIDESHOW: Learning the art of burlesque
By Emily Olsen
When yoga and ballet get boring, some women turn to burlesque classes for a workout and a good time. Burlesque is an older form of exotic dancing focused on teasing and exaggerated acting that went out of style in the 1950s.
Today it’s been making a comeback with several new studios in Chicago. Vaudezilla is a burlesque production company that hosts shows and teaches classes for beginners to advanced dancers. Lilly Rascal, one of Vaudezilla’s 18 ensemble members, is teaching this beginner’s course.
Class starts promptly at 8 p.m. with stretches and warm-up exercises. Students can be at any fitness level to start burlesque, Rascal said , but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. “A lot of the poses are really awkward,” she said, “You can’t do a lot of the stuff without muscle training.”
Photos by: Emily Olsen