Burlesque is a very old and very popular form of entertainment, which began in the 1840s. It was used by the working class performers as a way to mock the upper classes, their traditions, social habits, culture and fashion.
The performances relied on mockery and played to the audience's desire for laughter and lust. Due to the 'naughty' nature of the performances, burlesque usually targeted working class men, but as word spread it drew a wider audience including some women keen to witness this social taboo.
Today however it is more about empowering women, encouraging them to embrace their sexuality and femininity and be confident in expressing themselves in a sensual way. One of Rosy Cheeks students summed up her feelings on burlesque, and 'Girl Power' in her well written article in DIVA.
There have been some beautiful and amazingly talented burlesque icons over the years;
To name but a few.
Burlesque dancing is becoming an increasingly popular pass time, with lots of women letting out their diva vixen in a cloud of fabulous glitter, sparkle and feathers. Burlesque lessons are becoming popular for hen parties, and as glamorous form of exercise that not only improves fitness but increases self confidence for its participants, often to the point of stepping on stage and performing a burlesque dance in front of an appreciative audience.
When we were asked if we'd photograph a 'A Cheeky Spring Fling' back in March, we jumped at the chance. The Custard Cuties, taught by Rosy Cheeks, brought their own distinctive brand of mischief to the Hare and Hounds Kings Heath. A night of glitter, glamour and giggles full of vintage allure and tantalising fun.
Ok so now its time too see some of the girls on all their sparkly glittery glory.
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